Leafs select Leivo in the third round
ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
|Ottawa 67's Jake Cardwell fights for the puck with Sudbury Wolves Josh Leivo during second period OHL action from the Sudbury Community Arena. (GINO DONATO/QMI AGENCY)
SAINT PAUL, MINN. - Josh Leivo wasn’t a big name on most NHL draft rankings prior to the draft, but the folks in Sudbury knew the big winger was getting strong at the right time.
Leivo was selected 86th overall by the Maple Leafs on Saturday, a third-round selection that was Toronto’s first of the day.
A native of Innisfil, Ont., Leivo started to make his mark in the Ontario Hockey League post-season when he played a big role in a first-round upset of the Ottawa 67s.
“I know a lot of the guys in the draft, but I have also been talking to a lot of teams and that has got me thinking about it and looking forward to it,” he told the Sudbury Star prior to the draft.
Leivo, a 6-foot-2, 188-pound late bloomer said he was contacted by the Leafs, Lighting, Coyotes and Sharks prior to the draft. Unlike most players selected in the first two rounds, Leivo did not make the trip to Minnesota.
Leivo, who was selected in the ninth round of the OHL draft, had 13 points in eight playoff games for the Wolves. Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said he places a great emphasis on players who thrive in high-pressure situations.
With their second pick, the Leafs selected Swedish defenceman, Tom Nilsson.