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Iaboni Recap: Leafs Make Five Picks On Draft Day

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The Maple Leafs ended the 2013 NHL Draft making five selections as picked four forwards and one goaltender.

Frederik Gauthier was the Leafs first selection 21st overall. The 18-year-old native of Mascouche, Quebec was a member of Canada’s Gold Medal winning team at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships. He finished his first season with Rimouski in the QMJHL as a 20-goal scorer and a solid two-way player.

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With the acquisition of Dave Bolland, the Leafs traded their second round pick which meant the Leafs next selection was in the third round as the team selected  centre Carter Verhaeghe from the Niagara Ice Dogs in the Ontario Hockey League. Verhaeghe, a Waterdown, Ontario native had 44 points in 67 games for the Ice Dogs. He grew up a Leafs fan and his favourite player was Mats Sundin.

Check out his interview below

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The Leafs fourth round pick was traded to Chicago in the Bolland trade which meant the Leafs were picking 142nd when they chose Fabrice Herzog from Switzerland. The 6-foot-1, 176-pound winger could make the jump to North America this season and play junior.

In the sixth round, the Maple Leafs selected goalie Antoine Bibeau from the PEI Rockets. Passed over last year in his first year of draft eligibility, Bibeau put up solid numbers in the QMJHL this season 28-11-3 with a 2.81 GAA and .911 SV%.

He spoke with Leafs TV following his selection

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The last pick of the night was left winger Andreas Johnson a 5’9 winger from Sweden who played this past season with Frolunda Jr. where he had 54 points in 42 games.

Following the conclusion of the 2013 Draft, Leafs Director of Amateur Scouting, Dave Morrison spoke with the media

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