May 06 2015 01:02PM
As a Leafs fan, I'm not all that much into playoff hockey. I just can't get interested in something that, you know, doesn't involve me. Personally, I'm more of a draft guy, and that's why I get so excited when ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman drops Top 100 knowledge on us all.
Yesterday, Pronman released his list of the Top 100 Prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft [Warning: Paywall]. Year in and year out, it's fantastically detailed and interesting.
While this isn't a mock draft, it's still interesting to see which players are ranked in and around where the Leafs will pick. Currently without a second round pick, Toronto is set to select four times in the first 100 picks, with the fourth overall pick, Nashville's first round pick (that will sit somewhere between 22nd and 24th overall), the 65th pick, and 95th pick.
Let's take a closer look at who Pronman has ranked in those ranges...
May 01 2015 05:11PM
It's not often that one of the most well-respected coaches in professional hockey becomes a free agent, but here we are.
Mike Babcock's Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and he's now free to leave the organization and sign on with pretty much anyone he'd like. A Stanley Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold winner, Babcock will have the luxury of picking and choosing the right situation for him and his family; likely one where he'll be able to continue his winning ways rather quickly. A lot of people think that'll be Edmonton, which is kind of hilarious, but the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers are also looking for a bench boss. And hey, so are the Leafs.
They aren't necessarily on the cusp of success, but Toronto has the deepest pockets in the league and can also offer Babcock something he likely won't get elsewhere - control over the roster. While the Leafs might be a good fit for Babcock though, is he really the right guy for the Leafs?
Our TLN Roundtable has their say in the matter below...
April 30 2015 05:48PM
A fun little piece ran in the Edmonton Journal earlier today, talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins and the apparent necessity for them to move Evgeni Malkin. Jim Matheson talked about several situations in which the Penguins could move their (other) star centre, and... wait, no. Stop. Don't drag the Leafs into this...
The Leafs need a first-line centre, too. Would they go Malkin for Phil Kessel and his $8 million salary and Tyler Bozak? Kessel could play with Crosby.
Alright, let's deal with this and quickly move past it, yeah?
April 29 2015 04:46PM
Dylan Strome appears to be the guy that most Leafs fans want to draft this summer. As I wrote this article, the little poll that sits to the right of of this site told me that 58% of TLN readers preferred Strome to Mitch Marner or Noah Nanifin, which is not an insignificant amount of you.
What makes Strome really interesting is that, much like Hanifin, there's no telling if he'll even be available by the time Toronto's fourth overall pick comes up. It's widely believed that Arizona, the owner of the third overall pick, will likely take one of the two, with the Leafs most likely choosing between whoever's left over and Marner.
If Arizona does take Hanifin (or Marner, I guess), here's three very good reasons why the Leafs should be interested in nabbing Strome.
More past the jump...
April 29 2015 09:34AM
This week at TLN we've been profiling the most-likely candidates to be drafted fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft. On Monday we talked about Boston College's Noah Hanifin, and yesterday we covered London's Mitch Marner. A little later today, we'll be posting our next entry in the series (pssst... it's Dylan Strome).
Of course, it's certainly possible that the Leafs don't pick fourth overall. If the offer is right, Toronto could choose to trade down. And man, would that have to be a hell of an offer.