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Leafs fan Matthew Finn dons blue and white.

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Matthew Finn was a solid point producer and all-around defenceman for the Guelph Storm.

Pittsburgh – Matthew Finn has gone from a bud to a Leaf.

A member of the Leafs Buds Club when he was a kid living in Etobicoke, Finn was the Leafs second round choice, 35th overall at the NHL draft.

A six-foot, 195-pound left defenceman, Finn had been rated a mid first-round pick. Finn scored ten goals and added 38 points with the Guelph Storm.

Former Carlo Colaiacovo is Finn’s second cousin and until last year Finn kept posters of Doug Gilmour and Mats Sundin in the bedroom of his house in Etobicoke. His idol was Bryan McCabe.

While hopeful of going Friday night, Finn felt things worked out nicely.

“I watched them my entire life,” he said. “I’m as happy as could be right now. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Finn’s profile is typical of the player the Leafs have favored. He is a puckmoving, character defenceman. The Leafs drafted a similar prospect in Moose Jaw defenceman Morgan Rielly fifth overall, Friday night and have Stuart Percy and Jesse Blacker lined up.

“I’ve got to work,” said Finn. “That’s all it is whether it be next year, two years or five years down the road. My goal is to pay in the NHL. They’re deep on defence and it’s something I have to work for.”

 

Thanks for diligent readers who noted two goalies, not one drafted in first round. 

 

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