Happy Draft Day! Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis spoke to the media about the Leafs’ plans heading into tonight’s draft. He’s likely going to hang on to the number-eight pick, and he’s not likely going to trade for Ryan Kesler, Jason Spezza or the number-one overall pick. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star has the details.
Toronto Maple Leafs director of amateur scouting Dave Morrison and his team are ready for the big day. Michael Traikos of the National Post spoke to him about the pressure they’re under to land an impact player in the first round. Traikos also has some interesting quotes in his piece about the difference in drafting philosophy between John Ferguson Jr. and Brian Burke.
Jake Virtanen is a popular name among readers of this website. Bobby Cappuccino of The LeafsNation profiled Virtanen, an interesting prospect who could be available at eighth. Questions surround him regarding his subpar point totals, shoulder injury concerns and lack of defensive effort, but he certainly has a lot of tools.
Steve Dangle and Adam Wylde had Justin Fisher on the podcast to preview the draft, even though it took them 40 minutes to actually start talking about it. Lots of great Leafs and hockey talk though.
Longtime NHLer Gino Odjick posted a letter on the Vancouver Canucks website revealing he’s been diagnosed with a rare terminal disease. Doctors have told him he may only have weeks to live. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Gino and his family.