June 15 2016 02:00PM
Yesterday, I talked about a defenseman the Leafs might target in Logan Stanley. Today we're going to shift to basically the exact opposite player in Samuel Girard.
#AfterAuston today features shifty offensive defenseman Girard, who plays for the QMJHL-championship-finalist Shawinigan Cataractes. Girard very well could be that kind of high-ceiling talent the Leafs would look for when drafting.
June 14 2016 01:00PM
We all know that if you were to evaluate the prospect pool of the Maple Leafs, one of the biggest concerns you'd have is the lack of top end talent on the blueline. There's quite a bit of depth there, but there is a lack of "blue-chip" talent coming up the ranks. Which is a concern since there's a pretty significant lack of top-end talent with the parent club, besides Jake Gardiner and, potentially Morgan Rielly.
This episode of #AfterAuston features big, physical defenseman Logan Stanley, a name the Maple Leafs could certainly evaluate for the above-described hole in the prospect depth chart. He plays for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL and was also named to Team Canada's roster this year for the World Junior U18 Championships.
We're going to take a look at what the Leafs' evaluation of Stanley might determine by doing our own evaluation. Let's see what we see, shall we?
June 14 2016 10:00AM
Above we can see where Randy Carlyle strikes a deal with Trevor Linden
to help him succeed in the Pacific, by tanking the Ducks all over again.
Somehow, yesterday, the Anaheim Ducks decided to hire Randy Carlyle, as announced by John Buccigross:
I'm hearing candidates for the @AnaheimDucks head coaching job are being told Randy Carlyle will be the choice. Coached their 5+ years.— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) June 14, 2016
Carlyle returns to Anaheim after coaching there for 5 years and winning the Stanley Cup on the coattails of a Hall of Fame defense. Since then, he has continued the same ill-advised decision making and tactics, leading to a collapse of that Ducks team, and then a collapse of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
How could this possibly go right for the Ducks?
June 10 2016 11:39AM
Yesterday, Corey Pronman released his Top 30 Draft Prospects of the Past Five Years (ESPN Insider Paywall). I thought it would be good to show you where potential Leafs ended up on this list.
Technically, everyone who is draft eligible is a potential Maple Leaf so I've included them all in here.
Before we get into it, not that we're breaking it down completely, but it's important to highlight Pronman's thought process here. It's basically to take his opinion of each player before they were drafted, and rank those opinions of players against each other. This prevents players from the 2011 and 2012 drafts from having an advantage due to being so much further on their development paths.
So, if you were to look at the full list, you'll see some guys who were busts in high positions, and that doesn't mean Pronman doesn't realize they were busts. It means he's staying true to the context of this particular ranking.
The problem is, I think, he has over corrected and given recency bias boosts to the 2016 draft eligibles. But that's not important. The important thing is: what does he think about our future Leafs?
The main purpose of including the draft-eligibles is to show you who comes up first on this list, so get ready for it. We kick off with...
June 10 2016 07:00AM
In today's #AfterAuston session, we're going to talk about highly debated prospect Alex DeBrincat. For most of the season, DeBrincat was a hot topic among draft enthusiasts. He ranged everywhere from out of the 1st round to top 5, and everyone was assertive that that was where he belonged. Nowadays, the conversation on him has cooled dramatically. The people who stand on either extreme of whether "size matters" have largely shifted their focus to Clayton Keller, an equally small and increasingly exciting prospect.
Where does DeBrincat stand relative to Keller? And what about the rest of the draft class? Why did the opinion on him cool so dramatically?
I'm here to see if I can find answers to those questions.