Update 10:45 a.m: TSN’s Hockey Insider, Darren Dreger is reporting that there’s a strong chance the Toronto Maple Leafs could move up into the top five of today’s NHL Draft and that they have had some discussions with the Carolina Hurricanes who currently own the No. 5 pick.
Update 11:13 a.m: As you know, the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes have talked about the 5th overall pick. But, Dreger is reporting it might cost the Leafs Morgan Rielly as part of the package. If a deal is made, it will be announced before the draft.
Update: According to Josh Rimer, the Maple Leafs (Jake Gardiner or Morgan Rielly), Buffalo Sabres (Tyler Myers), and Vancouver Canucks (Alexander Edler) are reportedly in the mix for Carolina’s No.5 pick. It’s believed the Hurricanes are in the market for a top-four defenseman and the players listed above make sense for the Canes.
Update 2:41 p.m: Dreger has reported the Maple Leafs are out on Carolina’s No.5 pick. Looks like the Leafs will stay at 21, folks.
Update 6:50: The Maple Leafs have traded three draft picks (2013 #51, #117 and a 2014 fourth rounder) to the Chicago Blackhawks for David Bolland. Bolland was originally drafted by the Blackhawks, 32nd overall in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft. Bolland is a two-time Stanley Cup winner and he comes to Toronto with a $3.375 million cap hit. With acquiring 27-year-old centerman, it’s safe to say Tyler Bozak won’t be back with the club next year.
Toronto’s Draft Results
1st round – 21st: With the 21st overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs select centerman Frederik Gauthier. The Hockey News projects Gauthier as a third line guy. The 6’5″ 210 lb appeared in 62 games last year with Rimouski and scored 22 goals, tallied in 38 assists for 60 points.
3rd round – 82nd: With the 82nd pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs select centerman Carter Verhaeghe. Verhaeghe is a good two-way player with a good sense for the game, but there are some questions about his skating. In 67 games with the Niagara Ice Dogs last season, Verhaeghe put up 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points.
5th round – 142nd overall: With the 142nd pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs select winger Fabrice Herzog of the Swiss League. In 22 games played with Zug, Herzog put up 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points.
6th round – 172nd overall: With the 172nd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs select goaltender Antonie Bibeau of the QMJHL. Bibeau played in 46 games for the Prince Edward Rocket last season putting up a 2.81 GAA and a .911 SV%.
7th round – 202nd overall: With the 202nd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs select Swedish winger Andreas Johnson of Vastra Frolunda in the SEL League.
Well that’s that, another Draft in the books folks. It was a real fun, but very long day. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
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