May 13 2014 08:44PM
Goalie prospects, especially those who come out of the QMJHL, can be pretty difficult to evaluate.
For example, when the Leafs drafted Antoine Bibeau in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Draft (his second year of eligibility), the reaction was pretty, uh, well I'm not sure if there was a reaction. As time passed, Bibeau's stat lines didn't strike anyone as "amazing", or even "good". In fact, when TLN put together its Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings, Bibeau didn't even make our list of honourable mentions, let alone our top twenty list.
May 03 2014 09:29PM
Sportnet’s Chris Johnston tweeted out this neat little nugget of info after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s media availability this morning:
Gary Bettman says a weaker Canadian dollar will put next year's salary cap at $69M or $70M. Had been projected at $71M.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 3, 2014
The Canadian dollar currently sits at US $0.91. For comparison's sake, the Canadian Dollar sat at US $1.01 back on January 6th, 2013 - the day the new CBA was agreed upon and the 2012-2013 NHL lockout ended.
April 21 2014 06:44PM
More positive prospect news for Toronto… Andreas Johnson, the Leafs 7th round pick in 2013, has been named the SHL's Rookie of the Year after scoring 15 goals and 24 points in 44 games this season. The speedy winger beat out Alexander Wennberg (CLB), Kevin Fiala (2014 Eligible), and fellow Leafs prospect Tom Nilsson for the honours. All but Fiala play for Frolunda, which is pretty impressive in itself.
April 18 2014 07:12PM
For this week's TLN Roundtable, resident philosopher Cam Charron posed the following question to our writing staff... "What Now?" The Leafs have a new President, a coach on the hot seat, an underperforming team, and a top ten draft pick. It's a simple question to ask, and a much harder one to answer. Cam, Logan, and Steve II weigh in below...
April 15 2014 06:25PM
As expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs will pick 8th in the upcoming 2014 NHL Entry Draft, set to take place on June 27th and 28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Florida Panthers will pick first overall, winning the lottery with an 18.8%. Sorry Buffalo.
Picking 8th, it's pretty certain that the Leafs won't have a shot the likes of Kootenay's Sam Reinhart, Kingston's Sam Bennett, or Barrie's Aaron Ekblad. Realistically, they're probably too far back to get one of Oshawa's Michael Dal Colle or Prince Albert's Leon Draisaitl as well.
That being said, this isn't a half-bad draft. While there isn't a Nathan MacKinnon, John Tavares, or Steven Stamkos available this time around, there's about a half-a-round of solid prospects. The Leafs should be able to draft one of them, assuming they don't go off the board.