A New Draft Approach, or "Ow Father, Panda Crap!"

Adam Laskaris
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.

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The Leafs will stay away from Matt Beleskey

Ryan Fancey
May 27 2015 09:47AM

Matt Beleskey has been 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 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. 

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First Round Targets: Thomas Chabot

Shawn Reis
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.

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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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