Toronto — Shortly after their prospects camp ended last week, Toronto Maple Leafs director of amateur scouting Dave Morrison sent out an email to coaches and management within the organization to share his excitement regarding the team’s drafted players.
“You’d be happy with what you saw here,” he wrote.
One player, in particular, stood out. He was steady in his own end, physical when he needed to be and generally looked like a man among boys. According to Morrison, he was about as NHL-ready as they come.
No, he was not talking about Morgan Rielly. While the fifth-overall selection of the 2012 draft has a legitimate shot at making the team out of training camp next season, another lesser-known defenceman might actually be what head coach Randy Carlyle is looking for to fill out his top six.
His name is Petter Granberg. And if you do not yet…
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