choices within any organization. Although this is also the case in
Toronto, I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of late round picks
that seem to be doing fairly well for the Maple Leafs.
are both progressing nicely at this time. Both players have become
important defenders this season with Waterloo of the USHL and Cape
Breton of the QMJHL respectively.
League, has been placed with the USJHL team in Waterloo, IA by the Maple
Leafs. He had been reasonably impressive in limited duty at the team’s
Rookie Camp in September. Velebny has played in half of the (Waterloo)
Black Hawks’ games has one goal and one assist with 8 PIMs.
Breton) Eagle’s 2nd highest scoring defensemen after 16 games. He has
one goal and nine assists to go along with 15 PIMs. Like Velebny, Cote
possesses prototypical NHL size, plays a physical style and navigates
the ice fairly well.
Markov, and Berezin, the Maple Leafs will be well advised to remain
extremely patient with both of these youngsters.