On day two of the NHL draft, the Leafs picked an additional seven players. The players they chose include:
3rd Round (86th overall from Philadelphia) - Josh Leivo, LW, Sudbury (OHL)
6’2”, 180-pound forward from Innisfil, Ontario
2010-11 Stats: 13G-17A-30PTS in 64GP
4th Round (100th overall) - Tom Nilsson, D, Mora Jr. (Swe Jr.)
6’, 176-pound Swedish defenceman
5th Round (130th overall) - Tony Cameranesi, C, Wayzata (Minnesota High School)
5’9”, 162-pound centerman from Maple Grove, Minnesota
2010-11 Stats: 15G-39A-54PTS in 25GP
6th Round (152nd overall from Edmonton) - David Broll, LW, Soo (OHL)
6’2”, 216-pound winger from Mississauga, Ontario
2010-11 Stats: 13G-21A-34PTS with 85 PIM in 65GP
6th Round (173rd overall from Anaheim) - Dennis Robertson, D, Brown (ECAC)
6’, 195-pound defenceman from Fort St. John, British Columbia
2010-11 Stats: 6G-11A-17PTS with 48PIM in 30GP
7th Round (190th overall) - Garret Sparks, G, Guelph (OHL)
6’2”, 200-pound goaltender from Elmhurst, Illinois
2010-11 Stats: 8-6-1, 3.64 GAA, .890 SV%
7th Round (203rd overall from Anaheim) - Max Everson, D, Edina (Minnesota High School)
6’1”, 184-pound defenceman from Edina, Minnesota
2010-11 Stats: 1G-1A-2PTS in 5GP with US National Development Team
The Leafs end up with some more size, as well as a couple wild card prospects that could turn into bonafide NHLers. With the addition of all nine of their draft picks, Rick Dudley to the management staff, and the trade for John Michael Liles, I’d say that Brian Burke and the Leafs had a very productive trip to Minnesota.
The Leafs were very busy on draft day. The Leafs first announced the addition of former Atlanta Thrashers GM, Rick Dudley, to their management team. They then announced the trading of Boston’s 2012 2nd round pick(acquired in the Kaberle deal) to Colorado in exchange for defenseman John Michael Liles.
At the draft Burke was able to move up the the 22nd spot(Anaheim Ducks) in exchange for Boston’s 30th overall pick and their own 39th overall pick. With the 22nd overall pick the Leafs selected physical RW Tyler Biggs. Then, with their 25th overall pick the Leafs selected defenseman Stuart Percy. Two great picks by the Leafs and a good day overall.
Yesterday the Maple Leafs resigned defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, to a two year contract extension. He will make an average of $1.3 million for each season. The six foot two Swede came into his own later in the season as he and Luke Schenn became a reliable shut down tandem.
Earlier in the playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs also signed free agent goalie Mark Owuya to a two year entry level contract. Per Mapleleafs.com:
Owuya, a 21-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden, played 32 games this season for Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League posting a 2.18 goals against average and a league best .927 goals against average. The 6-2, 198-pound goaltender also played in seven playoff games for Djurgarden registering a 1.66 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. He was a teammate of Leafs’ prospect Daniel Brodin this past season with Djurgarden.
The Leafs also signed 2009 draft pick, Kenny Ryan to a 3 year entry level contract.
A little late reporting this, but Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer has been resigned to a 3-year, $5.4 million contract. He will make $2.2 million in the first year and then $1.6 million in the last two years. If Reimer continues to play the way he dad last yer than this contract may end up being a steal.
The NHL Trade Deadline has passed and the Leafs only made one minor deal. Brian Burke shipped out John Mitchell to the New York Rangers in exchange for the Ranger’s 7th round draft pick in the 2012 draft. I’ll make a post later today summing up all of the Leaf’s trade activity this month.
When the Francois Beauchemin deal was announced, many wondered who would take over Beauchemin’s minutes. Brian Burke and Ron Wilson had a strong feeling that Keith Aulie could step in right now. Well since the Beauchemin deal, Aulie has not looked out of place in the NHL; playing alongside Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
Aulie is still prone to mistakes as he is still only 21 years old, but he looks calm alongside the hard hitting Phaneuf. The two of them seem to play well together as Aulie is the stay at home defenseman while Phaneuf can pinch into the offensive zone. Aulie still needs to use more of his 6’5 frame, but he’s starting to show himself as a very capable shut down defenseman. It’s a bit early, but it seems Wilson and Burke may be right about this 21 years old broad shoulders being able to carry this responsibility.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Tomas Kaberle to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Boston’s 1st round pick this year, Joe Colbourne, and a conditional draft pick. The conditional pick probably hinges on whether Kaberle resigns with Boston. Colbourne, Boston’s first round pick in 2008, is a 6’5 forward. Good solid prospect for the Leafs. The Boston 1st rounder could be anywhere from 16th to 30th overall.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Aaron Voros from the Anahemin Ducks in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick. Voros will report to the Marlies. This is just a move to keep enough players down in the Marlies. The condition on the draft pick is that if Voros re-signs with the Leafs then Anaheim gets a 7th rounder, if not then the Leafs give up nothing.
Per TSN and many other sources: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Kris Versteeg has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the Flyer’s 1st round and 3rd round picks at this year’s NHL draft.