TLN Draft Prospect Watch: Clayton Keller

Jon Steitzer
April 22 2016 01:28PM

After Auston Matthews there’s a steep drop off when it comes to centers in the 2016 draft. Not that the next few options aren’t good, but they are having difficulty climbing into the top ten rankings in draft year that is much deeper on defensemen and power wingers.

One of the centers who could hear his name called early in the draft is Clayton Keller. Keller’s offensive numbers certainly warrant him being considered as he has put up 144 points in 86 games for the US Under 18 Team this year.

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Exit Interview: Nylander, Sparks, Hyman

Jon Steitzer
April 20 2016 12:44PM

The TLN Exit Interviews are still trucking along and today we take a look at three players who made their NHL debuts this season. Arguably all three did better than expected but how much of a future do they have with the Leafs? How many Dubas heads did they earn? These are the important questions we will answer.

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TLN Draft Prospect Watch: Pierre-Luc Dubois

Jon Steitzer
April 18 2016 11:35AM

There seems to be a belief that Pierre-Luc Dubois is someone who has gone skyrocketing up the draft charts throughout the season, and that CHL Top Prospect was the call to arms to start giving Dubois the attention he deserves. Really, it’s just been a couple of rankings like Craig Button’s (Dubois has gone from 21st in September to 4th in March) and Future Considerations (20 spot jump from September to October) that didn’t have him in their top 15 to begin the year.

Dubois is now ranked 4th overall by 3 of the 9 rankings used in the TLN Consolidated Rankings which still have him 6th overall. Craig Button, Draft Buzz Hockey, and all have him as the best option after the Finns, while a couple of others have him at 9th to balance that out.

Like Tkachuk, Nylander, Laine and Puljujarvi, Dubois is making the case for taking skilled wingers at the top of the draft as the safest bet after Matthews. It also seems as we’re getting closer to June the winger with the greatest momentum is Dubois, so let’s find out why he’s so well liked.

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TLN Draft Prospect Watch: Matthew Tkachuk

Jon Steitzer
April 14 2016 07:53AM

He has a familiar name and the pedigree that goes with it. Being a 100 point player on the powerhouse London Knights, who just happened to be owned by the guy running the draft for the Leafs. He has NHL size (194 lbs, 6’1), and he’s dominated at every level. That’s pretty much the short version on why we’re talking about Matthew Tkachuk as a Top Five player in the draft.

Of course, when scouts start talking about pedigree and size that often raises flags for the rest of us and while Tkachuk is definitely a proven first round talent, certainly one worthy of going in the first half of the round, there may be others more worthy of going in the top five of the draft.

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WWYDW: Leafs Other RFAs

Jon Steitzer
April 13 2016 09:31AM

In case this is the first Leafs thing you've looked at today, you've probably noticed that Morgan Rielly and Nazem Kadri have been re-signed to very reasonable six year deals

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say very reasonable. I meant to say freaking fantastic.

The Leafs have taken care of their two biggest restricted free agents in very quick fashion, and of the RFAs not reassigned to the Marlies, that really only leaves Frank Corrado, Martin Marincin, and Peter Holland left to deal with.

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