With over 36 hours until the number 1 player is selected in the 2013 NHL Draft we all wonder in Leafs Nation what are the possibilities of what Leafs GM Dave Nonis will or can do before the draft begins. But as we all sit and anticipate who will go first overall  (my guess Nathan MacKinnon ) but more importantly with this Coach is who will the Toronto Maple Leafs pick with their picks 21, 51, 82, 117 (from Ana.), 142, 172, 202.

Well lets break it down a bit with a look at some of the possibilities of the young players that the Leafs may take a chance on, starting with pick number 21. But before we start with that, what do the Leafs really need?

Well over the past few drafts the Leafs have been lucky in stock piling some very good offensive defensemen, Moragn Rielly, Matthew Finn and Stuart Percy who all will be up with the big club sooner then later. On the forward side we saw a sneak peak of the up and coming of Joe Colbourne plus waiting in the wings is Tyler Biggs who one day soon will be in TO banging his away around.

Now that really doesn’t tell us much except the Leafs should be looking at some players who will make a impact in the forward position, but then again the old saying is you always pick the best player available. But I feel in the case of the Leafs they will be looking for the forward spot and for players who will make an impact quickly just like some of the Dmen they have drafted and traded for. (Jake Gardiner)

Just remember fans these picks won’t jump into the line up right away  so GM Nonis needs to also look at maybe some trading partners prior to the draft and as of now it’s been a little quiet but that certainly can change. As GM Nonis has put it in the past is that any player is trade-able, there just has to be the right price tag.

So with all that being said lets take a look at least the first top 5 players that the Leafs will have chance of getting and also with my ‘Wild Card’ pick.

TML Pick Round 1 – 21st overall

There is 5 possibilities, it all depends on who is around at that time.

- Kerby Rychel (F) – Has the pedigree (father is Warren, won SC with Avs in 2006), better all round skills then dad. Can be a real pest to goal-tenders as he hangs around the net. Real good in the 1 on 1 battles down low and in small areas. Will continue to grow for a bit and will establish himself into a real good power forward with good hands.

- Max Domi (F) – Flashes of brilliance with the puck and will only get better. Tough as nails (just like dad Tie) but has the skills with the puck and away from it that dad didn’t. Small in structure which might keep some teams away but has the dynamic skills with the puck which over time will only get better.

- Samuel Morin (D) – Playing out of the QMJHL where a lot of us didn’t get to see him play, this towering Dman (6′ 7″ ) and hulking body will be a presence in the NHL very soon. Does play well in own end, first pass out of zone is right on. Very good in all 3 zones and has a offensive flair.

- Michael McCarron (F) – USA Under -18 product who matches your power forward label to a T. Some are saying along with Jones and MacKinnon this kid might posses the highest NHL upside in this draft. Natural size and ability to be a goal scorer along with the power forward label. Some think he should be going higher in the draft.

- Ramus Ristolainen (D) – Finnish defenseman who styles his play after Chris Pronger. A large player at 6′ 4″ and 210 lbs he plays a physical type of game but also has the offensive touch. Very mobile for a big man with good puck handling skills.

Coach Nye’s Wild Card Pick

- Bo Horvat (F) – Watch this kid play since he could lace them up. Most likely won’t be around for this pick (Dallas will grab him) but if he happens to be he would the best pick out of the whole bunch. Very gritty player who knows both ends of the rink very well. A some say he already plays a ‘Pro’ style game who eats up minutes in the game and plays in all situations. He is a silent leader on the ice but everyone knows when he is on the ice. Unbelievable work habits and will be in the NHL quicker then most.

Coach Nye’s Over-All Pick for the Leafs

- Kerby Rychel- Why?

Kerby Rychel

- Fits the Leafs program well. A large forward who can crash and bang but also fill the net with goals. Can handle the pressure and can also take a team to a different level, as shown in Jr with the Spitfires.





So there you have it folks in Leaf Nation. Some good players will be available when the Leafs step up to the mic in the first round. Maybe not the instant impact player we all hope for but they will find one who will only help the system get stronger and eventually help the big club down the road.

Have fun watching and Until next time.

See you after the game,

Coach Nye