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04-09-2009, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Gord Millers Chin View Post
The Maple Leafs have already signed 2 of the top 3 NCAA free agent prospects (Christian Hanson, Tyler Bozak). It is rumoured that Matt Gilroy and Jonas Gustavsson are on their radar and Toronto is listed as "one of two teams" in the running for both Gilroy and Gustavsson.

Has one NHL GM managed to sign four or five UFA prospects of this ilk in a span of a month or two before?

Hanson - Signed.
Bozak - Signed.

Gustavsson - Rumoured to go to either Toronto or Dallas. His coach with Farjestad has said that Toronto or Dallas would make the most sense for him, but Swedish reports have stated he may have narrowed it down to those two clubs. Toronto's goaltending coach Corey Hirsch has ties to Farjestad and has been aggressively pursuing Jonas. He just went 12-1 in the playoffs with something like a .960 Save%. Possibly as good as Henrik Lundqvist?

Gilroy - Rumoured to have narrowed his list down to two teams, Toronto is one. He may be the odds on favourite to win the Hobey Baker Trophy, clearly one of the best NCAA players. Though he's much older than most NCAA players, his skills are undeniable. Brian Burke has been pursuing him all season, even had dinner with Gilroy's family.

Slightly off topic, but Stalberg out of Vermont has already been drafted by Toronto, but he may come out of the NCAA and may have a good shot at making the Maple Leafs next season. He is supposedly a potentialy 2nd line forward, big Swedish forward that is said to be one of the fastest skaters in NCAA hockey.

Brian Burke has been an absolutely amazing GM so far.
Leafs are paying Bozak, as if he were the 1st overall pick in the draft.Think that might have a little something to do with Burke getting him inked?

The Toronto Maple Leafs won the Tyler Bozak sweepstakes on Friday, signing the NCAA centre to a two-year entry level contract that could be worth almost $4 million per season if he achieves all bonuses.The 23-year old Regina, Saskatchewan native, who scored eight goals with 15 assists in 19 games with the University of Denver Pioneers, will not play for the Leafs this season.

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