Toronto Maple Leafs: 2010 NHL Draft Analysis
On June 26 (nothing got done on the 25th), Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke attempted to salvage a draft many considered lost, due to the lack of first (Tyler Seguin) and second round (Jared Knight) picks.
But at the trade deadline, Burke raked in fifth and seventh round picks to try and salvage the event.
Burke traded his fifth round pick (Chris Wagner- 122 overall) to the Anaheim Ducks for Mike Brown. He is 5'11 201 lbs. and looks to join Colton Orr on the fourth line.
Burke also made a move into the second round, sending Jimmy Hayes (tear) to the Chicago Blackhawks while receiving the 43rd pick in return.
He acquired the 79th overall pick from the Kings, giving up a third-rounder in 2012.
Burke sent the 112th overall pick in the draft (Philipp Grubauer) to the Washington Capitals, in exchange for the 116th and 146th overall picks.
So without further adieu, meet the Maple Leafs 2010 Draft Class.
Brad Ross - LW - Portland (WHL) - 43rd Overall
When the Leafs traded up to the 43rd overall spot, Brian Burke knew exactly who he wanted.
Ross, though only 6'1" and 173 pounds, plays a game very comparable to Darcy Tucker's. He plays with a certain edge, grit, and determination every shift and is one of the hardest workers in the WHL.
In 71 games for the Winterhawks, Ross tallied 27 goals and 47 assists for 68 points. More impressively, he was a +22 and had 203 penalty minutes.
20+ goals and 200+ PIM's are a very rare combination. This makes Ross a valuable asset, should he continue such stellar play.
If he puts on some muscle, Ross could see himself in the Blue and White (whether it be AHL or NHL) by the 2011/2012 season.
Greg McKegg - C - Erie (OHL) - 62nd Overall
When I first heard that Greg McKegg was drafted 62nd by the Leafs, I was shocked. At 6'1" and 200 lbs, McKegg already has the size to play in the NHL.
He is being compared to Ryan O'Reilly of the Avalanche, not because of his playing style, but because they were both overlooked on draft day.
O'Reilly made the big club and helped them reach the playoffs. McKegg is considered to have the same opportunity.
In 67 games this season, McKegg had 37 goals and 48 assists for 85 points. He was a +12, which shows that he has a defensive aspect to his game.
Sondre Olden - W/C - MoDo Jr. (SWE-Jr.) - 79th Overall
Sonre Olden is one of those prospects where there isn't a lot of footage or information available. He was ranked higher than where he was selected, but Burke gave his reasons for reaching.
"He's tall, about 6'3" and he can play in the middle or on the wall. We like this kid."
Norway isn't a huge producer of NHL players, but this kid might change that.
He's 6'4" and 176 lbs, and has above average speed.
This past season with MoDo Jr., he played 32 games, scoring seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points.
Petter Granberg - D - Skelleftea Jr. (SWE-Jr.) - 116th Overall
Granberg was the only defenseman selected by the Maple Leafs in the 2010 Entry Draft. And Burke, with the help of his scouts, was clearly going in a certain direction.
Granberg is a solid defensive defenseman, who had two goals and seven assists in 40 games for Skelleftea Jr.
Granberg is 6'3 201 and is rarely caught out of position. He is also a smart puck player who makes safe passes and decisions.
Sam Carrick - C - Brampton (OHL) - 144 Overall
As the 144th overall selection, I really like Carrick.
He is willing to forecheck and backcheck equally hard, but is inconsistent from shift-to-shift sometimes.
He has a good shot, a quick release, and isn't afraid to mix it up in the corners.
He is 6'0 188 lbs, so size isn't his greatest asset.
In 66 games this past season, he had 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points.
His numbers aren't amazing, but his effort is. That's what you get at pick 144.
Daniel Brodin - LW - Djurgarden (SWE) - 146th Overall
Brodin, at 6'1 172 lbs, does not have enormous size. But he plays a skilled, big man-style game.
He plays with a high competetive streak, driving the net and playing with speed. He is a solid two way player.
He played 20 games for the Djurgarden Jr. team this year, posting five goals and two assists for seven points.
But he also played 30 games for the big club, scoring two goals and three assists for five points.
Josh Nicholls - RW - Saskatoon (WHL) - 182nd Overall
The Leaf's last pick in the draft, Nicholls is a solid two way winger, with defensive prowess.
He is known to be a hard worker who plays in the corners and on the boards on both ends of the ice.
Nicholls is 6'2" 180 lbs, and if he can fill out that frame, he might be a pro somewhere down the road.
In 71 games this season, he had 18 goals and 30 assists for 48 points. Even more notably, he was a +19, which shows his defensive abilities.