Is Dylan Strome Back In The Mix?

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 06:32AM

For a while now, we haven't really talked about Erie Otters centre Dylan Strome.

That doesn't mean that Strome tumbled down the draft rankings, or that we at TLN soured on him... We actually stopped talking about him because it'd been suggested to us pretty strongly that the Arizona Coyotes were pretty much set on drafting him with the third overall pick. 

We stopped talking about Strome in the same way we've never really talked about Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. It was irrelevant.

That might be changing pretty quickly.

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Toronto Should Resist The Urge to Trade Down at the Draft

Justin Fisher
June 25 2015 07:34PM

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This afternoon, Brendan Shanahan said something that made me very happy.

That's nice.

I've been told by a lot of different people lately that the Toronto Maple Leafs really like the Brandon Wheat Kings' Ivan Provorov. So much so in fact, that they might trade down a couple spots where they still believe they could get him, and pick up an additional asset. I'm not so sure that's a good idea.

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Movers And Shakers - Leafs Set Price on Bozak

Justin Fisher
June 24 2015 04:15PM

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Is everyone's favourite first line centre on his way out of town?

This is a very, very interesting tweet on several levels. For one, apparently Toronto's front office has taken enough time away from the Phil Kessel/Dion Phaneuf trade efforts to actually set a price on Tyler Bozak. Also, I'm a little surprised that it's only a second round pick. Lastly, someone out there has to have a need for centre depth and a spare pick lying around, no?

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WWYDW - Three-On-Three OT

Justin Fisher
June 24 2015 05:47AM

It's expected that the NHL Board of Governors will soon approve an overtime format change that will do away with the five minute four-on-four overtime period we know and love, and replace it with a single three-on-three overtime period.

The shootout, which we certainly know but do not love, will remain for now. With the new three-on-three format though, it's expected that more games will be decided without relying on mini-games.

With that, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will now need to build at least a few three-man units to prepare for the new format. The four-on-four format wasn't terribly interesting, as you would more often than not drop a winger from your top two lines and send them over the boards. In three-on-three, Babcock can get a little more creative.

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TLN's Official 2015 Mock Draft

Justin Fisher
June 19 2015 12:13PM

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Welcome to TLN's 2015 Mock Draft - surely the best mock draft on the internet. Last week, five of our writers came up with our consensus Top 30 Draft Prospects in this month's NHL Draft. This week, those same five wannabe GMs took over the draft tables of the entire league, and called the shots as they saw fit. 

The rules were simple: Ryan won our draft lottery, so he would pick first. Jon would follow, then Bobby, myself and Shawn. After five picks we'd run through the order again, each of us taking control of the team that happened to be picking at the time. We then had to give a brief explanation as to why we drafted who we drafted, and we suspect that Jon did a lot of copy/pasting.

You're going to love our mock draft below. You're also probably going to hate it at times as well. Either way, let us know how right and/or wrong we are in the comments below.

And without further delay, the Edmonton Oilers are on the clock...

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