Here we are. The day has finally arrived. The 2014 NHL Draft is upon us. Today, the lives of 210 young men will be changed as they see where they will start their professional hockey careers. Will every pick make it? Of course not, but all of them will be trying their hardest to make the NHL.
Now, when it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a lot has been said about the way they pick players, usually going with safer picks in the first round, usually ending up in disappointment. Sure, they take risks in later rounds but if you take a risk in the first round, the reward is usually higher. So, in talking about those picks, where exactly do the Leafs pick this year? Here’s the list:
First Round – 8th Overall
Everyone knows about this pick. It’s also the one that I’m most concerned about.
Second Round – None
The Maple Leafs lost their second-round pick in the Peter Holland trade this season. It would have been a third-rounder had Holland played less than 25 games with the Leafs. The pick will be made by the Anaheim Ducks.
Third Round – 68th Overall
The Leafs have seemed to have a lot of luck drafting undervalued players in the third round. Let’s hope it continues.
Fourth Round – 94th Overall & 103rd Overall
The Leafs do not own their fourth-round pick as it was sent Chicago in the Dave Bolland trade at last year’s draft. The two picks are from the Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes, coming from the Joe Colborne and Matthew Lombardi trades, respectively.
Fifth Round – 128th Overall
Sixth Round – 158th Overall
Seventh Round – 188th Overall
The Leafs own all their picks through the fifth to seventh rounds. Hopefully, the Leafs can find some late-round steals. They’ve been getting good at that in recent years.