Leafs find a gem?

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

The Maple Leafs took a risk with Tuukka Rask in the first round of Saturday's draft, but they might end up with a real find down the road with fifth-rounder Alex Barry.

Leafs director of amateur scouting Barry Trapp said Berry, a New England junior winger with 42 points in 53 games for the Bruins of the Eastern League last year, was overlooked because of circumstances surrounding the NHL lockout.

"The NHL cut back on its Central Scouting office after Christmas so they didn't see a lot of players such as Alex," Trapp explained. "As a result, he was way down in their rankings (208th among North Americans), but actually had a good year."

Trapp said Medicine Hat defenceman Gord Baldwin, taken in the third round by Calgary, was another such sleeper.


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