June 27 2015 11:44AM
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This is going to make a lot of people very happy.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have snapped up talented Sarnia Sting forward Nikita Korostelev with the 185th pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That's pretty amazing, as Korostelev was widely regarded as a 2nd or 3rd round talent.
At 6'1, 196lbs, the right-shooting Korostelev put up 24 goals and 53 points in 55 games for Sarina, leading the team in scoring. Born in Moscow, Korostelev crossed the Atlantic years ago and played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens before being drafted into the OHL.
June 27 2015 11:09AM
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The draft rolls on. In the early stages of the 6th round, Toronto selected Oshawa General defenseman Stephen Desrocher 155th overall.
June 27 2015 10:40AM
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I'm beginning to think that "small, skilled forwards" was a major priority for the Leafs this year.
Dipping into the QMJHL for their 5th round selection, the Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted Dmytro Timashov of the Quebec Remparts. A 5'9, 192lb winger, Timashov scored 19 goals and a team-leading (and rookie-leading) 90 points in 66 games this season. In the playoffs, Timashov added another 18 points in 22 games.
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June 27 2015 10:27AM
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Amidst all the hype and speculation about who the Toronto Maple Leafs would trade away or draft, the team has thrown the masses a curveball, by actually acquiring some present talent. In a late morning shocker, the blue and white have sent Brad Ross and a 4th round pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Martin Marincin.
June 27 2015 10:03AM
It looks like Toronto is going on a mini-run of skilled European picks.
With the 95th selection, their first of two in the fourth round, the Leafs have selected defenceman Jesper Lindgren out of MODO's J20 squad. Standing 6'0, 160lbs, Lindgren is an offensive defenceman with good speed.