A Busy Saturday For Leafs
Saturday, 06.26.2010 / 6:14 PM ET / Mike Ulmer's Blog
By Mike Ulmer - Mapleleafs.com commentator
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It will be remembered as a quiet event that centred on a rambunctious player.
The Leafs did not move defenceman Tomas Kaberle at the 2010 Entry Draft in Los Angeles, but did trade the rights to a prospect to land Bradley Ross of the Portland Winter Hawks.
Ross is a feisty but skilled player who scored 27 goals this season, but also added 203 penalty minutes.
The Leafs traded the rights to Jimmy Hayes to the Blackhawks to take Ross 43rd overall.
Hayes, a Boston College player, will be reunited with his brother Kevin who Chicago took in the first round, Friday.
“I’m a competitor, I’m going to be working hard every time I am out there,” the six-foot, 175 pound Ross said.
In the third round, Toronto drafted Greg McKegg, a six-foot centre from St. Thomas who scored 37 goals for the Erie Otters in his second OHL season.
“Obviously, it was great to jump up and get to share this with my parents and family,” he said.
McKegg scored only 18 points in his first season as he was schooled on the defensive game by Otters’ coach Robbie Ftorek. His points jump was the biggest in the OHL this season.
With their second pick in the third round, the Leafs selected Sondre Olden, a Norweigan who scored seven goals and added 27 PIMs with the Modo Junior program.
The Leafs added four more players, Swede Petter Granberg (fourth round), Brampton Battalion centre Sam Carrick (fifth) , Swedish winger Daniel Brodin (fifth) and then Saskatoon winger Josh Nicholls (seventh).
The team also traded a fifth round pick in the 2010 Draft to Anaheim for checker Mike Brown who should make the big team out training camp.
Many Leaf fans had hoped Burke would trade his most public asset, defenceman Tomas Kaberle, to get back in the draft after surrendering the pick that Boston used to choose Tyler Sequin second overall. The scene now shifts back to Toronto and the opening of the free agency sweepstakes, July 1.