Hi everyone - just one last post on the draft for a little while. Here's the latest report from TSN that was released yesterday after the draft was finished. It recaps who the Leafs selected, what they might have been selected for, etc, etc.
Most interestingly from the draft are two things (for me). One, Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires was taken in the first round to the Nashville Predators (where he'll be with fellow Spitfire alumnus Cal O'Reily) and Jesse Blacker was drafted by the Maple Leafs (a defenceman for the Spits this year).
My last thought on the draft and the Leafs for now is (and nothing against European prospects) the Leafs drafted a lot of North American guys, and it's WAY easier to find information and videos and stuff like that about a North American guy, than it is a late-draft European selection. Second, if the guy's from the OHL, there's a great chance that we've heard of him, or even watched in play, and that's fun, too.
Here's a bit of a breakdown of how the Leafs have drafted in the past few years and how those prospects look. This doesn't include the unevaluated talent of this year's draft, yet.
A review of how the grading works is here.
Luke Schenn - defence - 5th (2008) - 8.5 B
Jiri Tlusty - centre - 13th (2006) - 8.0 C
Nikolai Kulemin - left wing - 44th (2006) - 7.5 C
Jimmy Hayes - right wing - 60th (2008) - 7.0 C
Dale Mitchell - right wing - 74th (2007) - 6.5 C
Phil Oreskovic - defense - 82nd (2005) - 6.0 C
Justin Pogge - Goalie - 90th (2004) - 7.0 C
Mikhail Stefanovich - centre - 98th (2008) - 7.0 C
James Reimer - goalie - 99th (2006) - 6.5 C
Matt Frattin - right wing - 99th (2007) - 7.0 D
Ben Winnett - left wing - 104th (2007) - 6.5 C
Korbinian Holzer - defence - 111th (2006) - 6.5 D
Konstantin Volkov - right wing - 125th (2003) - 5.0 D
Joel Champagne - centre - 129th (2008) - 6.0 C
Jerome Flaake - left wing - 130th (2008) - 6.5 D
Juraj Mikus - defence - 134th (2007) - 6.5 D
Alex Berry - right wing - 153rd (2005) - 5.0 D
Dmitri Vorobiev - Defence - 157th (2004) - 7.0 C
John Mitchell - centre - 158th (2003) - 6.5 C
Grant Rollheiser - goalie - 158th (2008) - 5.0 D
Viktor Stalberg - left wing - 161st (2006) - 7.5 D
Chris DiDomenico - centre - 164th (2007) - 7.5 D
Tyler Ruegsegger - right wing - 166th (2006) - 6.5 D
Johan Dahlberg - left wing - 173rd (2005) - 3.5 D
Leo Komarov - centre - 180th (2005) - 4.5 D
Andrew MacWilliam - defence - 188th (2008) - 5.0 D
Carl Gunnarsson - defence - 194th (2007) - 5.5 D
Anton Stralman - defence - 216th - 8.0 C
Chad Rau - centre - 228th (2005) - 7.0 D
Pierce Norton - defence - 285th (2004) - 5.5 D
Ryan Hamilton - left wing - 6.0 C
Tyler Bozak - centre - 6.0 C
Alex Foster - left wing - 6.0 D
Brent Aubin - right wing - 6.0 D
Greg Scott - right wing - 4.0 C
Kyle Rogers - right wing - 3.5 C
Christian Hanson - right wing - 6.0 C
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