First Round Targets: Travis Konecny

Adam Laskaris
May 26 2015 05:06PM

Ottawa 67's captain and forward Travis Konecny can be described as lot of things. The only player to be drafted ahead of Dylan Strome in the 2013 OHL draft as the first overall pick, Konecny was also the 2013-14 OHL Rookie of the Year. He's also first cousins with Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat, and really good friends with Kingston Frontenacs forward and polarizing draft prospect Lawson Crouse, as they were schoolmates at North York's PEAC School for Elite Athletes (which also educated Connor McDavid, among others). Konecny also captained the 2014 U18 IIHF gold medallists, on a roster that basically screams first round of the 2015 draft.

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Mailbag: Squad Goals

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 26 2015 03:00PM

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If you turn your head just about anywhere in Toronto right now, you'll see plane wreckage. Or bus wreckage. Or glowing cars. The reality is that they're filming a movie, but in the meantime, it's a heck of a metaphor for just about every Leafs season in the past decade.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - May 26, 2015 - Blue Shirt & Khaki Shorts Day

Steve Dangle
May 26 2015 01:35PM

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On this episode the guys talk about round 3, the Leafs, and the Steve Dangle Podcast sitcom.

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Should the Leafs explore a trade for Kerby Rychel?

Ryan Fancey
May 26 2015 08:42AM

The Leafs are presumably looking to turn over as much of the roster as possible this offseason. If this is still going to be a reset with a lot of "pain" on the way, as Mike Babcock alluded to, it's likely that dismantling this current group and trying to bring in new picks, prospects, and players on entry-level contracts will be a priority. It just so happens that Columbus appears to be shopping a player who could fit that plan.

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It's Time for the Leafs to Draft Another Goaltender

Justin Fisher
May 25 2015 06:36PM

I know you all hate the idea of drafting goaltenders, but hey, too bad. It's about that time again.

For all the promise that both Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer bring, the Toronto Maple Leafs' goaltending depth is thin at best. There's certainly NHL talent at the top - two relatively young netminders that are worthy of a big league job - but after that things get real complicated.

Ideally, hockey teams have goaltending prospects in several different age brackets developing all at once, spread out among different leagues so as not to create a logjam. For example, this past season the Calgary Flames had Joni Ortio developing in the AHL, Jon Gillies in the NCAA, and Mason McDonald in the QMJHL. It's not always easy to stagger out your prospects in such a way, but it's important that each netminder gets a healthy amount of ice time and opportunity.

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