Maple Leafs eyeing No. 1 pick?

Aaron Ekblad could go first overall in this summer's NHL entry draft. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Aaron Ekblad could go first overall in this summer's NHL entry draft. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

Could the Maple Leafs be making a pitch to wrangle the first overall pick from the Florida Panthers?

While there has been plenty of scuttlebutt of potential deals making the rounds on the worldwide web recently, this much we do know: Toronto certainly is open to the idea of trading up from the No. 8 pick it holds now.

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.

So, what changed?

“Word is, they are exploring moving up — it’s more than due diligence,” said a source familiar with the Leafs activities at the combine.


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