If Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs are serious about bringing talented Ontario born players to the club, the upcoming NHL Draft could be their biggest opportunity.
Friday in Sunrise, Fla., comes Toronto’s next chance to draft the first key piece to the rebuild and some believe they will concentrate on local talent, a notion that the new Leafs’ bench boss has hinted toward.
Drafting either Greater Toronto Hockey League standout alum, Mitch Marner, a former Vaughan King and Don Mills Flyer who plays with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, or Dylan Strome, a seven-year Toronto Marlboro, who is with the OHL’s Erie Otters, would fit Babcock’s want for talented Ontario-born players.
Marner said he would be thrilled with the chance.
“It would be a dream come true for me, personally, to be drafted by my home team,” said Marner, over the phone on May 25. “It’s every kid’s dream, growing up in Toronto and playing for that Leafs team.
“I’ll just be speechless.”...
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