Toronto Maple Leafs select Josh Leivo In The Third Round

June 25th, 2011 No Comments

Void of a second round draft choice, Brian Burke had to settle for making his third selection of the 2011 NHL Entry at the 86th slot selecting left winger Josh Leivo.

With undersized forwards Rocco Grimaldi (33rd overall) and Daniel Catanacchi (77th overall) and  American born Brandon Saad (43rd overall) already gone (three players many fans expected Burke to take a run at) Burke turned his attention back to Canada.

In Leivo the Maple Leafs get a 6’1”, 180 pound forward who is known as a good skater. Through 64 games Leivo scored 13 goals and added 17 assists as a member of the Sudbury Wolves.

Leivo followed his underwhelming regular season up with a monster effort in the playoffs, netting six goals and seven assists (13 points) through eight games.

Clearly, the Innisfil native has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the NHL, but he does have a level of truculence and tenacity which Burke loves. Look for him to continue to develop his trade in the OHL next season as a member of the Sudbury Wolves.

Until next time,

Peace!

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