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The Leafs look to move up in draft, but ‘confident’ at No. 8 spot

Jun 10, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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The potential for NHL Draft deals that hockey fans covet is picking up.

According to comments from Leafs general manager Dave Nonis to the Toronto Sun, the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the eighth overall selection in the draft later this month, are looking to move up in the order.

A report from the same publication citing an unnamed source appeared on June 4, indicating the Leafs were trying to improve their position in the draft.

Interesting, because the Florida Panthers have been receiving offers for their first overall pick, which would definitely make things interesting prior to June 27.

“There are some players we rank higher and have interest in,” Nonis told the Toronto Sun.

“It’s a deep draft — that’s why you have four teams at the top open to trading down … We’re confident of getting a good player at No. 8 if we stay there.”

The comments Nonis made fall right in line with how Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said about the upcoming draft.

A lot of them are NHL-ready,” Tallon told the Sun Sentinel. “It’s a better draft than we thought based on what we saw in the spring. There’s a lot of good players in the first round and we should get two good players [at No. 1] and at 32. It’s exciting; we’ll do well.”

So, that’s something to ponder for the next few days and weeks.

  1. canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    I’m confident the Leafs will miss the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons…

    Unless they acquire Joe Thornton. In which case they’ll make the playoffs but blow a 3-0 series lead in the first round.

    • leafsilluminati - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:49 AM

      Still more stanley cups than vancouver!

      • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:08 AM

        True. But compared to the Canucks, who have been to 3 Stanley Cup Finals and had players win several major NHL awards, the Maple Leafs have been irrelevant for close to 50 years.


        1943mrmojorisin1971 FEARS canucks30

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:42 AM

        Perhaps, but points fro that Simpsons clip.

    • leafsilluminati - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:55 AM

      Congratulations! The canucks have lost every final they’ve been in! Equaling 0 cups! Want a cookie?

      • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:10 AM

        The Maple Leafs have done nothing of consequence for close to 50 years.

        And yes, I would like a cookie.

        Mmm… Cookies

      • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:13 AM

        Speaking of cookies, many NHL mock drafts have the Leafs selecting Ontario boy Nick Ritchie who much like Dustin Penner, will likely eat his way out of the NHL.

  2. gbart22 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:15 AM

    These stories are so silly every single general manager says the same thing. I want to move up the draft has some really good talent blah blah blah I’m confident we’ll get a good player

  3. beergold - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    The Laffs are the azz clowns of the NHL and Joe Thorton or any other established player that has a say in any dealings won’t go to TO and play because they want to win a Cup before they retire.

    With (so called) franchise players, One Way and Neon, that is NEVER going to happen!

  4. anthj99 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Leaf Fan Logic: The Leafs should trade Clarkson, Phaneuf, and the #8 pick to Florida for Barkov, Huberdeau, Gudbranson, and the #1 pick. I hear Gudbranson and Huberdeau want to play for the Leafs anyway. Make it happen Nonis.

    Who’s gonna be the first Leaf’s Homer to post something similarly idiotic?

    • dueman - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      I think that you just covered the idiotic part all by yourself. Correct that…you and a bunch of other morons on here did. What is it about the Leafs that makes you people so jealous that you revert to acting like 12 year olds writing childish rants on every Leaf article? If they are so crappy, and hopeless, why do you care? Eleven comments, not including mine, and only one was an actual comment regarding the story….that’s just sad.

      • anthj99 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        You can’t tell me that every time there’s an UFA article or star player looking for a trade that some Loaf fan wants to unload his team’s deadweight for said player while adding that it’s always been that player’s dream to play for the beloved Loafs.

      • alliceishome - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        It’s pretty simple, really.

        No matter how much teams like the Canucks or the Sens ‘nearly’ accomplish, they still don’t get as much attention as the Leafs, and they can’t stand it.

        Think of it like children; your original six teams are like the eldest child that parents/fans have spent the most love on, then you have your bandwagon teams like like the Kings who are the youngest child and get doted on the most, and so these guys are your classic middle children, sulking about it.

      • dueman - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        anthj99 – You are absolutely right in that there are some Leaf fans (or so called) that will make idiotic statements like that, but every teams fanbase has its share of yahoos that say the same stupid things! The difference is that you won’t catch me, or any normal fan of any other team trolling articles about other teams, for the sole purpose of insulting that teams entire fanbase by making idiotic claims about them and their team.

        alliceishome – That’s hilarious, but there is probably a lot of truth in your answer…

  5. superross - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    The Leafs are in eigth place now, but by the time the draft comes around they’ll be anywhere from 9th to 15th!!! Lol

  6. cgale6 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Lol canucks30 I wouldn’t talk bc your team is in so much disarray right now Kessler wants nothing to do with Vancouver and you have to of the softest players in the sedin sisters who are getting old, then they trade away both your goalies and Schneider for a 9th overall draft pick that maybe won’t even work out, at least Toronto had class when they finally made the playoffs and got embarrassed in game 7 we didn’t trash our city like a bunch of cry baby brats

    • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      You spelled Kesler wrong.

      • anthj99 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Hahaha. That is gold!!

    • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      I would also recommend working on your grammar, punctuation, and syntax because you type like a teenage girl with a cellphone.

  7. cgale6 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Ps why are you even commenting on a leafs article?.. Oh that’s right your a f#ckin loser who wastes his time on the internet lol that’s why

    • canucks30 - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Aren’t you also commenting on a Leafs article on the internet? What does that make you?

  8. djshnooks - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Typical “GM talk.”

    “Deep” draft? I don’t think so, not like 2013 or what it will be at the 2015 draft.

    We have been told that all year, and I don’t think two GM’s, one wanting to move up, one wanting to move down…is going to change the perception this is a weak draft.

    It’s been Ekblad/Reinhart for two years now. Bennett, Drasaitl and Dal Colle have made up the second tier…and Kapanen, Virtanen and a few others have made up the third tier. After that the talent pool drops quite a bit. I’m no expert or anything, but I’ve paid extremely close attention to all these players throughout the year…and I firmly believe guys like the Sabres’ Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, as well as others like Nichuskin, Lazar, Domi, Horvat and Morin would be drafted 3-5 spots ahead of where they were last year.

    Next year is the deepest draft in recent memory, at least min a decade…probably since 2003! That is why you see a rebuilding team like Buffalo doing everything they can to stock up on 2015 draft picks. They say some 2nd rounders next year, would be top-25 picks in any other “normal” draft. It’s THAT deep.

    I’d be extremely mad if I were a fan of a team that trades their 2015 1st rounder. Even if you were a playoff team this year, there’s no guarantee you won’t be in the lottery next year…and if you’re in the lottery, you do have a chance, albeit a small one, of landing either McDavid or Eichel…two generational talents who can and will instantly turn a team around and put them back on the landscape of the NHL map.

    Here’s to hoping Buffalo gets both! Lmfao.

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