Archive for June, 2012

Toronto Maple Leafs Land James Van Riemsdyk

June 24th, 2012 9 Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke continued to work his magic this weekend, pulling off a trade that had long been rumored, acquiring forward James van Riemsdyk from the Philadelphia Flyers in return for defenseman Luke Schenn. The move will unite Schenn with brother Brayden in Philadelphia, while Toronto gets a legitimate top-six forward that will add some much needed goal scoring and some jam along the boards and in front of the net. Originally drafted second overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, JVR stands 6’3” and weighs in at 200 pounds. He is considered to be a power forward, but don’t expect him to hit everything that moves. His skill set is more on the offensive side, which is ‘ok’ by the Leafs Nation and general manager Brian Burke. “This is not a guy

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2012 NHL Entry Draft: Burke Hopes To Find A Diamond In The Rough In Late Rounds

June 23rd, 2012 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke continued his work at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, selecting three forwards in the later rounds. With the 126th pick in the draft (fifth round) Burke drafted centre Dominic Toninato out of Duluth East (HS). Burke followed that pick up by adding Connor Brown with the 156th pick (sixth round), a right winger out of Erie (OHL) and then used the 157th pick (sixth round) to take centre Ryan Rupert out of London (OHL). Toninato is considered to be very raw and will likely take another 3-4 years before we see how he develops. He had 61 points in 29 games with Duluth East high school last season. Connor Brown played a bad Erie Otters team, registering 25 goals and 28 assists for a total of 53 points through 68 games. Connor, who

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2012 NHL Entry Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs Select Matthew Finn 35th Overall

June 23rd, 2012 1 Comment

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke continued to stockpile young defensemen at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, selecting Guelph Storm defenseman Matthew Finn with the 35th overall selection. We had predicted Burke would go with Left Winger Nicolas Kerdiles with this pick, but he went to the Anaheim Ducks who selected him with the 36th pick overall. In Finn, Burke gets a player that led the Storm in scoring from the backend, registering ten goals and 37 assists for a total of 47 points. Finn, a native of Etobicoke,  is considered a rushing defenseman who can run the power play and is very good in his own zone. International Scouting Services had Finn ranked at number 13, so if you believe in their rankings you have to think Burke got good value here. Finn shoots left, stands 6’0” and

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2012 NHL Entry Draft: Which Player Will Burke Take With The 35th Pick?

June 22nd, 2012 7 Comments

With the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft already in the books, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will now set his sights on the second round. In the end 15 forwards, 13 defensemen and two goalies were selected in the first round with 14 Canadians leading the way. Heading into the draft we determined the Maple Leafs biggest organizational need was at forward. Sure, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul are legitimate top line forwards, but after that the lineup is full of question marks and void of much physicality. There is still plenty of hope that Nazem Kadri will emerge as a top-six forward soon and Joe Colborne, Greg McKegg and Tyler Biggs look to be good prospects. That said, the question still remains—are any of these kids going to be impact players? If not, where

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Morgan Rielly Selected Fifth Overall By The Toronto Maple Leafs

June 22nd, 2012 9 Comments

With the 2012 NHL Entry Draft regarded as one of the toughest to predict there was no clear pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Would it be a forward? A defenseman? Could Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke possibly trade the pick? Friday night, Buke put all the rumors and speculation to rest, selecting defenseman Morgan Rielly with the fifth overall pick. Listed at 6’0″ and nearly 200 pounds, Rielly blew out his ACL last season, which limited his play with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Through 18 games with the Warriors Rielly posted three goals and 15 assists for a total of 18 points, followed by a 3-point effort in 5 playoff games. Rielly will bring offensive abilities to Toronto’s blue line, can run a power play and is known to be very fit and extremely

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2012 NHL Entry Draft: Which Player Will Burke Draft?

June 22nd, 2012 No Comments

With just a few hours remaining before the 2012 NHL Entry draft commences each and every hockey fan has the same question on their mind- which player will their beloved hockey team draft? For fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs the thought of adding the likes of forwards Nail Yakapov or Alex Galchenyuk would seem to be the most enticing, but it is doubtful either player will be available at the five slot. Defenseman Ryan Murray should go in the top three as well, which means Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will have to choose from a list of players which may include the likes of forwards Filip Forsberg, Teuvo Teravainen and Radek Faksa, while defensemen Mathew Dumba, Griffin Reinhart and Morgan Rielly will also be intriguing options. For the most part each and every NHL general manager

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