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Leafs do not qualify Freddie Gauthier, Jeremy Bracco and others

The draft was expected to be over and we’ve now overlapped with the restricted free agent qualifying offer cut off. And the Leafs have opted not to qualify for of their players. TOR does not qualify Bracco, Gauthier, Rodrigues or Veronneau — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 7, 2020 First off this means that both Ilya…

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Leafs trade up and select Dmitri Ovchinnikov at 137th overall

Here’s the thing about the Leafs and Russians, they’ve got a pretty solid track record over the past few years. The fact that the KHL and MHL are in full swing should put a bit more of a priority on drafting players in professional overseas leagues. What happened here is the Leafs had a player,…

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Page 6ix Wednesday, October 7th: Free Agent Frenzy And More

Hello, gossip/drama lovers. Welcome to yet another busy week in the world of hockey soap operas. As the draft approached and free agency drew nearer, there seemed to be a ton of drama dust kicked up. Let’s take a look, shall we? Leafs Land This week was a relatively quiet one in the world of…

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Maple Leafs select Artur Akhtyamov with the 106th overall pick

The Leafs added a goaltender to the system with their first of two selections in the fourth round. Russian netminder Artur Akhtyamov joins Joseph Woll and Ian Scott in the Leafs goaltending prospect stable. Akhtyamov is a 6’2″ athletic goaltender who has put up impressive numbers in the MHL in the last two seasons, and…

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Maple Leafs select Topi Niemela with the 64th overall pick

Through a well calculated move to trade down from the 44th pick, Kyle Dubas added an early third round pick which he used to select Finnish defenceman Topi Niemela. The right handed defender was ranked in the middle of the second round by most major scouting outlets, with some listing him at the back end…

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Maple Leafs select Roni Hirvonen with the 59th overall pick

With plenty of talented players on the draft board heading into Day 2, the Leafs opted to move down and take advantage of the depth by trading the 44th overall pick to the Senators for the 59th and 64th picks overall. While the pick cost the Leafs a shot at players like Jan Mysak, Jeremy…

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In Rod the Leafs trust

After sitting out the first round of the 2019 draft, the Leafs had a chance on Tuesday night to make significant addition to their prospect pool thanks to a deal in which they acquired Pittsburgh’s 15th overall selection. There was plenty of speculation leading up to the draft that the Leafs would move the pick…

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How does Alex Pietrangelo statistically fit with the Leafs?

With the draft finishing up, and free agency on Friday, Alex Pietrangelo remains without a contract and is likely going to free agency. While the rumours are that Vegas is the frontrunner, the Leafs are one of the top names in that discussion as well. Leading up to free agency, it seems like the talk…