Maple Leafs GM Nonis confirms interest in trading for higher pick

Jun 11, 8:57 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis confirmed the team is eyeing a higher pick at the NHL Draft, telling the Toronto Sun "there are some players we rank higher and have interest in.”

According to Mike Zeisberger, the Maple Leafs interviewed forward Sam Bennett and defenseman Aaron Ekblad at the NHL's scouting combine back in May, both of whom are projected to be selected in the top three at the Draft.

Nonis, however, appears content sticking with the eighth pick if a deal can't be reached. “It’s a deep draft - that’s why you have four teams at the top open to trading down,” Nonis said. “We’re confident of getting a good player at No. 8 if we stay there.”

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Mark Blinch

Jun 4, 9:31 AM

Report: Maple Leafs eyeing higher pick at 2014 NHL draft

Jun 4, 9:31 AM

The Maple Leafs are set to enter the 2014 NHL draft with the eighth overall pick, but according to Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, new team president Brendan Shanahan may be looking to make a splash in advance of the festivities on June 28. 

Zeisberger reports "Toronto certainly is open to the idea of trading up," and the Maple Leafs may have tipped their hand a bit when top prospects recently gathered in Toronto.

During the recent scouting combine in Toronto, the Leafs set up a late interview with one of the players projected to go in the Top 3. They originally had not organized a meeting with the kid, who definitely will not be available at eight.

A source added: “Word is, they are exploring moving up - [the interview was] more than due diligence.” 

Whether or not the Maple Leafs can work out a deal with one of the teams at the top of the draft board - Florida, Buffalo or Edmonton - is yet to be determined, but it certainly appears as though Toronto is looking to add one of the top prospects available this year.

Feature photo courtesy of Reuters/Mark Blinch