June 08 2016 02:06PM
One of the top prospects coming out of Sweden this year, Rasmus Asplund is a significant contender for a pick by the Leafs once they've nabbed Matthews. Asplund is a centerman for Farjestad in the SHL. He will certainly be someone the Leafs take a look at for their late 1st and early 2nd round picks.
June 07 2016 01:57PM
This draft season brings a lot of questions for the Maple Leafs. With 12 draft selections at their disposal currently, and the potential to add more, there are a plethora of options for them at this draft.
It's widely noted that one of the organization's biggest areas of weakness is goaltending, both in terms of roster positions and in prospect depth. Our own Ryan Fancey wrote this piece on Carter Hart last week, and I thought it would be best to go a little deeper into the potential goaltender draftees. Scouring the CHL, Europe, Russia, and College hockey leagues, I've come up with several names that the Leafs might look at to bolster their prospect depth at goaltender.
June 05 2016 09:34AM
On my latest trip to Metro on Front Street, I noticed they added a new section! Just last week they decided to add an aisle for NHL UFAs! How very convenient.
I went back home and started couponing for my dear life, collecting as many Steven Stamkos coupons as I could. Let's check them out and see how they work!
May 29 2016 12:44PM
Most Leafs fans remember Brian Burke saying that Morgan Rielly was at the top of his draft board for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Many were concerned about the pick, as Rielly had only played 18 games in his draft year. A lot was up in the air. Would he develop properly post-injury? Was the point-per-game pace he was on only a short hot streak?
As we can see today, selecting Morgan Rielly with that pick seems to have been the right decision. A reach for Trouba or Lindholm, or catching Forsberg as he was falling, may have benefitted the Leafs more in the long run. But, Rielly has a promising future spearheading the Maple Leafs' blueline.
For this upcoming draft, we have a similar situation in Tyler Benson.
May 24 2016 07:00AM
To many, when looking at the Maple Leafs' projected roster for the 2016-17 season, many glaring holes appear. One on right defense (in addition to the one filled by Zaitsev), one at second line left wing, one at first line right wing, one at starting goaltender... the list goes on. What I'd like to talk about in this bit of a think piece is why, except for a goaltender, the Leafs should stay the course and avoid any sizable acquisitions or departures.