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2014 NHL Draft: Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Interested In Sam Bennett?

Since the rumors that the Toronto Maple Leafs have been looking into trading up to the first overall pick has popped up, the prevailing though has been that the Leafs would use that pick to select defenseman Aaron Ekblad. That could still be the case, but there might be another player that the Leafs are interested in.

Hope Smoke transcribed these quotes from Bob McKenzie on Twitter.

Clearly, McKenzie believes that if the Leafs were to move up to the first overall pick, or even the top three, that Sam Bennett would definitely be a target. With the Jonathan Toews comparison, even if Bennett is not as good as him, it’s definitely, as McKenzie says, an intriguing possibility.

Also, lending credence to the rumors that the Leafs are indeed looking to moving up is the news that Mike Zeisberger reported in that the Leafs scheduled a late interview at the recent NHL Draft Combine with one of the top three prospects in the draft.

I would say that narrows it down to Bennett, Ekblad and Sam Reinhart. Obviously, none of those players will be available with the eighth overall selection, where the Leafs currently stand.

According to Zeisberger’s article, a source close to the Leafs at the combine said this…

“Word is, they are exploring moving up — it’s more than due diligence,”

So I think that rules out that the possibility that these rumors are hogwash. Obviously, there are is something happening. Otherwise, why would the Leafs schedule an interview with a player, one that they didn’t originally have one scheduled with, late in the day.

With all these rumors floating around, it looks this won’t stop until the 2014 NHL Draft on June 27.

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4 Comments on 2014 NHL Draft: Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Interested In Sam Bennett?

  1. cjhowardo says:

    The important thing, is that whoever they pick, Carlyle will not use their skills properly and then after their confidence is shattered, the fans and media will run our player out of town. But hey, we’ll have the top goons in the league. That’s the TML way!!

    • Jordan Reaume says:

      Bang on, wait till he throws his jersey on, shakes everyones hand, then realizes he’s wearing the “C”

    • Leafer68 says:

      Actually, by midway through the season Toronto was routinely not dressing any enforcer. I think Carlyle ruined the season by employing only three lines. In fact, they were playing Kessel (11th most), JVR (5th most), and Bozak (6th most) minutes in the league. I truly believe that by the end of the year they were gassed. No other team played one line as much the Leafs. What pisses me off the most is that they could have easily brought up Carter, D’amingo, and Holland to play 10 to 12 minutes a game and give them some balance. After watching these players play in the Marlies I am convinced that they could have provided balanced the lineup. Instead, when they got called up they would play 2 to 4 minutes and then sent down . Carlyle is a youth killer!

    • Tim Bayer says:

      I pray Carlyle won’t be around long enough to ruin the career of whoever they pick. It’s probably safe to assume the worst though.

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