May 27 2015 07:09PM
It's easy to pick a good hockey player with the fourth overall pick, but as swell guy Kyle Dubas has already told us, the Toronto Maple Leafs need to hit a home run with their 24th overall selection as well. Good teams pick good players when the good players are supposed to be all gone, and the idea is that the Leafs want to be a good team.
We at TLN have already begun prepping you with profiles of players that might be available to Toronto come pick #24 - here's Nick Merkley and Travis Konecny and Thomas Chabot. We'll continue to roll a lot more of these profiles out as the Draft nears, but that doesn't mean you guys have to sit quiet until then.
May 27 2015 12:56PM
There are a lot of good reasons to draft any given player. Usually, a strong scouting department has a good idea of where any given player will fit in their future lineup, and typically looks at a lot of game footage in combination with statistically analysis to determie exactly who they'd like to take.
There are perhaps even more bad reasons to draft a player. Often head-scratchers come in the first round, as a player projected to go later in the draft with often less-than-impressive resumes find their way to a team.
May 27 2015 09:47AM
Matt Beleskey was on a roll this past season and has continued to shoot the lights out in the playoffs, leading many to believe he's getting a boatload of cash as a free agent come July. That may be true, but the Leafs can't even be in the conversation, and need to let another team make that mistake.
This isn't a case of "buyer beware", this is strictly buyer avoid.
May 27 2015 08:25AM
The aim of our First Round Targets series is to profile a number of different players that could be options for the Leafs either at 24th overall or at some other point in the draft depending on a few different scenarios. Without further ado, let's turn our focus to the latest subject of this series. Today we profile Thomas Chabot, who along with teammate Jakub Zboril is one of two Saint John Sea Dogs defensemen expected to be taken in the first round of this year's draft.
May 26 2015 05:06PM