Lowdown on Leafs picks

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

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F Josh Leivo

SELECTED: 3rd round, 86th overall.

BORN: May 26, 1993

HOMETOWN: Innisfil, Ont.

HEIGHT: 6-foot-2

WEIGHT: 180 lbs.

THE LOWDOWN: Scored 30 points in 64 games with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves last season ... Broke out in the playoffs, scoring 13 points en route to helping Wolves upset 67s in first round ... A kid with a large frame who could develop into an effective NHL power forward ... Not listed in Central Scouting’s final rankings but Leaf scouting director Dave Morrison says Leivo “has as much upside as anyone in this draft.”

QUOTE/UNQUOTE: “All through minor hockey, I was one of the top scorers on my team.” — Leivo.

D Tom Nilsson

SELECTED: 4th round, 100th overall.

BORN: Aug. 19, 1993

HOMETOWN: Tyreso, Sweden

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 170 lbs.

THE LOWDOWN: A willing and effective open-ice bodychecker, a trait that undoubtedly will endear him to Leafs GM Brian Burke ... Notched two points in seven games with Swedish under-18 team ... Eight points in 37 games with Mora of Swedish-J20 league.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE: “He has a propensity to make the big hit in the neutral zone.” — Leafs director of amateur scouting Dave Morrison.

F Tony Cameranesi

SELECTED: 5th round, 130th overall.

BORN: Aug. 12, 1993

HOMETOWN: Wayzata, Minn.

HEIGHT: 5-foot-9

WEIGHT: 160 lbs.

THE LOWDOWN: The senior captain finished his final season of high school hockey with 17 goals, 63 points and a plus-38 rating in 28 games ... Those stats included including nine points and a plus-9 rating in three state sectional playoff contests for the Trojans ... Headed for the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the fall ... Scouts consider him one of the best skaters of all the draft-eligible players ... Slated to play for Waterloo in USHL next season.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE: “The biggest part of my game is speed ... When you are always playing against bigger guys, you need something to compensate like wheels.” — Cameranesi.

F David Broll

SELECTED: 6th round, 152nd overall.

BORN: Jan. 4, 1993

HOMETOWN: Mississauga, Ont.

HEIGHT: 6-2

WEIGHT: 230 lbs.

THE LOWDOWN: Known as one of the top pugilists in the OHL, dropping the gloves 12 times last season ... Twelve points in 24 games with the Sault Greyhounds in 2011-12 ... Power forward who plays with an edge, which once again is music to Burke’s ears.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE: “I’m a big physical presence with a bit of a scoring touch.” — Broll.

D Dennis Robertson

SELECTED: 6th round, 173rd overall.

BORN: May 24, 1991

HOMETOWN: Fort St. John, B.C.

HEIGHT: 6-0

WEIGHT: 195 lbs.

THE LOWDOWN: Compiled 17 points in 30 games for Brown University last season ... Has a physical edge to his game ... Named the top academic player for the tier II Langley Chiefs in 2009-10, earning BCHL all-Academic honours ... Good puck carrier who can chip in on the power play.

G Garret Sparks

SELECTED: 7th round, 190th overall

BORN: June 28, 1993

HOMETOWN: Elmhurst, Ill.

HEIGHT: 6-foot-2

WEIGHT: 204 lbs.

THE LOWDOWN: Leafs staff feels he has a good shot to be the starter with the Guelph Storm next season ... Scouts feel he falls into the mould of goalie coach Francois Allaire ... Went 8-6-1 with 3.64 goals-against average for Storm last season.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE: “Our two goalies on the staff, Mike Palmateer and Garth Malarchuk, are excited at the potential of this kid.” — Dave Morrison.

D Max Everson

SELECTED: 7th round, 203rd overall.

BORN: Feb. 22. 1993

HOMETOWN: Edina, Minn.

HEIGHT: 6-fot-1

WEIGHT: 185 lbs.

THE LOWDOWN: Responsible in the defensive end ... Picks his spots to join the rush ... Steady, if not flashy, competitor ... Played for former NHLer Curt Giles at Edina High School ... Headed for Harvard ... Prides himself on being a stay-at-home defenceman.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE: “Once the sixth and seventh round came around, you wonder if it’s going to happen ... I was lucky.” — Everson.


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