McDavid Watch: I Ran An NHL Draft Lottery Simulator 1,967 Times

Justin Fisher
February 04 2015 05:00PM

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ICYMI, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been all kinds of horrible over the past several weeks. Like, losing-ten-games-in-a-row horrible. With that streak, the Leafs have dropped down the standings and are now pretty securely in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. 

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Top Twenty Leafs Prospects Midterm Ranking: #15 to #11

Justin Fisher
February 04 2015 01:00PM

#15 - Carter Ashton

Carter Ashton is a curious case.  Drafted in the 1st round by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009, Ashton had a strong junior career that included representing Canada at the 2011 World Juniors. One year later, his trade to the Leafs came as a surprise amid a solid rookie campaign in the AHL. Since then, he’s been a mixed bag of promised potential and underwhelming performance. Playing 54 games in the NHL by the age of 23 is an encouraging sign for former first-rounders like Ashton, but putting up a miniscule 0 goals and 3 assists in all those games is not. Suspended this year by the NHL for the use of PEDs, Ashton has since cleared waivers and is back in the minors.

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WWYD - Pulling Your Goalie (Twice)

Justin Fisher
February 04 2015 09:00AM

Last night was hilarious. Jonathan Bernier nicks himself with his skate and has to leave the game to get fixed up. James Reimer relieves him for the briefest of moments, and gets pulled when Bernier is ready to return. Bernier then gives up two goals and the Nashville Predators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for their tenth straight loss. What a riot!

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TLN Top Twenty Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: #20 to #16

Justin Fisher
February 03 2015 01:00PM

#20 - Christopher Gibson

Christopher Gibson is the lowest ranked goaltender on our list. In theory, this wouldn't be a particularly good look, but in practice, the young trio have played so well that they've improved our emphasis on the position in the midterms. Gibson is having a pretty strong year as the Marlies' time-splitter; over 22 games, he's posted a 0.918 save percentage and earned himself a shutout. 

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects - Honourable Mentions

Justin Fisher
February 02 2015 01:18PM

Welcome to the TLN Top Twenty Leafs Prospects Midterm Ranking, where we judge and scrutinize very young people and tell them they probably won't realize their dreams. I mean, maybe if we were ranking some other team's prospects then, yeah, sure. But no. Not here. 

Eight writers from the TLN staff submitted their updated Top Twenty lists over the weekend and the votes have been tallied. Today, we'll focus on our Honourable Mentions, who all received votes in at least one writer's list, but didn't have enough votes to crack our overall Top Twenty.

A note on criteria... We defined prospects and players 23 years of age or younger, and having played less than 60 NHL games to date. So, for example, a guy like Carter Ashton (23 years old, 54 NHL games played) barely made the list of eligible prospects.

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