June 13 2015 08:39PM
Here's a cold hard fact for you - Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox kill it on a weekly basis with their second intermission Saturday Headlines segment. This week, they didn't disappoint, sharing several interesting reports that directly impact your beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.
Most notably, Cox reports that Toronto will not be bringing in a new GM in the next couple weeks...
There's going to be one team in two weeks at the NHL Draft without a general manager, and that's going to be the Toronto Maple Leafs. They will not hire a GM before the draft. Brendan Shanahan decided he's happy to do the draft, and any deals they might make - including ones for Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, whoever - as long as he gets input from Mark Hunter, Kyle Dubas and the rest of their existing staff.
June 12 2015 06:12PM
Earlier today, we posted our TLN 2015 Top 30 Draft Rankings. It's an excellent list, probably the best one on the internet, but it still caused a lot of grief and tension between TLN staff members. Since this morning, I've broken down and eaten five chocolate cakes, we've smashed no less than five windows and a lamp, and Shawn has a pen securely lodged in his leg. Let's call it... a hostile work environment.
For today's roundtable, each of us will look back on our consensus list, and share what we liked about it, how our personal rankings made it great, and how everyone else screwed it up.
June 12 2015 09:32AM
Colin White shouldn't necessarily be considered a 'safe pick' in the traditional "Frederik Gauthier is going to be an excellent third liner" sense, but that's not going to stop Leafs fans from approaching the Boston College commit with some skepticism. White's a talented guy, but nobody cares about things like defence in the first round! We want lots of flash and pizazz and turning over the puck at the blueline like, all the damn time.
But seriously though, White's a decent prospect, and he'd make for a fine pick in and around where the Toronto Maple Leafs will be picking in the late first. But does he excite us enough to make it to the shortlist? Let's see...
June 09 2015 07:56PM
According to TVA Sports, the Toronto Maple Leafs have invited the Rimouski Oceanic's Michael Joly to their next training camp.
Joly is a 5'11, 172lb right winger who has spent three seasons with the Oceanic. The undrafted 20-year old scored 26 goals and 45 points in 45 regular season games this year, with another 21 points in 20 games on route to a QMJHL Championship. In the MasterCard Memorial Cup, Joly added another six points in four games.
June 08 2015 06:31PM
There's a lot of high-scoring, skilled forwards that could be available when the Leafs select 24th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, so selling the idea of drafting a defender might be a difficult one. Still, there are a handful of blueliners who need to strongly considered, and Sherbrooke Phoenix assistant captain Jeremy Roy is one of them.