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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: June 23, 2014


The Toronto Maple Leafs, along with the 29 other National Hockey League teams, released their 2014-15 regular season schedule yesterday afternoon. MapleLeafs.com has the full schedule and breakdown of opponents, road vs. away and back-to-backs.

Mike Morreale NHL.com published a piece looking at the possible draft needs for every Atlantic Division team this morning. They think the Toronto Maple Leafs should be targeting a “power forward”, although I think they should just target “talented, skilled forward” regardless of the prospect’s size. The draft will take place this Friday and Saturday.

Jonas Siegel of TSN conducted a wide-ranging interview with Toronto Maple Leafs director of amateur scouting Dave Morrison just four days before the draft. Understandably, Morrison was pretty coy with his answers, not wanting to reveal too much about whom they’re targeting or how their draft strategy will differ with president Brendan Shanahan at the helm.

Maple Leafs Hot Stove has a pretty sick video of every Toronto Maple Leafs goal from the 2013-14 season. It’s 41 minutes long but well worth it if you have the time to sit down and take it in.

Adam Kimelman, Mike Morreale and Steven Hoffner of NHL.com all released their final 2014 NHL mock drafts. The only one I really agree with is Hoffner, who has the Leafs taking Haydn Fleury, the second-best defenseman in the draft.

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  • Andrew

    I think Morreale is way off in thinking that Reinhart will go 4. I cannot see Buffalo passing on him. I also don’t think the Leafs take Fleury if Virtanen is still on the board. I don’t know how they could pass up a guy like that. If Leafs stay at 8 and Virtanen is gone, I could really see them going with Ritchie, Perlini, Fleury, or McCann. I don’t think they’ll take Nylander simply because my feeling is that he’ll end up being more effective as a winger in the NHL and he doesn’t really fit the bill of what the Leafs need (they’re weak at C and their top 6 are already small). If Virtanen is gone and they really want Fleury, I just assume trade down a few spots and see if you can pick up a second round pick. If they stay at 8, I think the logic for taking Ritchie, Perlini, or Virtanen has to be based on the fact that they do have some good young prospects on the point, but they really have no top 6 prospects up front.

    • Tim Bayer

      I think you run into problems when you start emphasizing size over skill. Virtanen or Ritchie I wouldn’t mind, because they seem to have a good blend of the two. But Nylander, in the eyes of a lot of draft “experts” (or whatever you want to call them), is a top-five offensive player in the draft. If I’m the Leafs, I think you take that guy. It’s not like he’s a shrimp at 5-11 and 181 pounds, either.

      • Andrew

        I don’t necessarily disagree with you. Nylander is also very unknown over here – my only opportunity to see him play was WJC. I honestly think Virtanen may be the pick of the draft though. He’s clearly not the most cerebral hockey player (his stats support this: 45G, 26A), but what he brings to the table physically is special. Jerome Iginla anyone?

  • BJ

    I think they need to take Richie or Perlini. I’m personally a big fan of Richie’s just because I saw a lot of him against the Generals this year (I’m an Oshawa season ticket holder). Probably the best shot in the OHL and one of the best in the CHL. Great speed, great hands, big body, tough to get off the puck and a very mature player for his age. He’s a “can step in the lineup from day 1″ kind of guys.

    • Tim Bayer

      I wouldn’t mind Ritchie. Perlini is a bit of a red flag to me because he scored most of his points on the power play.

      • Andrew

        And with Verhaege as his C…Look at Perlini’s production from a year prior, it’s very concerning. Ritchie had little help in Peterborough, so I don’t have those same concerns (thought there are others).