Justin's NHL Draftbook (2014)

Justin Fisher
June 06 2015 09:43AM


As some of you may know, last year I created and cleaned up a complete history of the NHL Entry Draft, from the original draft in 1963 in Montreal all the way up until 2013 in Philadelphia. I used this spreadsheet - what eventually became known as the 'Draftbook' - to study trends and track success in drafting. Mostly for fun, to be honest.

With the 2015 Draft set to take place later this month, I figured now is as good a time as any to update my Draftbook and include last year's 2014 Draft in Sunrise. 

This is long, long overdue, and I plan on updating it with the 2015 data set as soon as it's available. In the meantime though, I figure it will give some of my fellow writers, statisticians and fans something fun to poke around in, and maybe help generate some cool content leading up to the 2015 Draft.

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TLN Roundtable: Our Staff Takes Magic Pills

Justin Fisher
June 05 2015 07:46PM

The NHL Draft is nearly upon us, but before any names are called out in Florida later this, the 2015 draft class will first assemble in Buffalo for the Combine. They will be poked, prodded, VO2'd and puked. Then a sports psychologist will play mind games with these teenagers and offer them drugs.

Well, ok. Not real drugs. Actually, it's a completely hypothetical situation.

I'm talking about the "Magic Pill" question - the one in which a player is offered a pill that will guarantee them a Calder Trophy, a Stanley Cup, and a fat endorsement deal. The catch? There's a 50/50 chance you will die when you turn 30 years old. I guess it's supposed to measure dedication to the game or something, but actually it's just really, really stupid.

Honestly, why is this question being asked of teenagers? They should save these types of questions for people in their, like 20s or 30s I guess? What trying to say is... here's another TLN Roundtable. Today we asked our TLN staff if they'd take the Magic Pill, and their answers may surprise you. 

(Also, we need mandatory staff drug testing, like, yesterday.)

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First Round Targets: Oliver Kylington

Justin Fisher
June 01 2015 06:44PM

Today we'll take a closer look at the first SHL prospect we've covered so far in TLN's First Round Targets series, a league in which the Toronto Maple Leafs have uncovered some serious talent lately. Can Oliver Kylington, the 6'0, 181lb Farjestad defender, be a building block in Toronto's rebuild much in the same way that William Nylander and Andreas Johnson are expected to be? Let's break it down... 

The Numbers

Another prospect that can be found all over the place in pre-draft rankings, some see Kylington as a top flight talent worthy mid-first round pick, while others don't see him as a top thirty prospect. Kylington was ranked as the top European skater at the midterm mark by NHL Central Scouting, but slipped to 6th in their final rankings. Future Considerations has Kylington ranked 38th, while McKeen's recently dropped him all the way down to 46th. ESPN's Corey Pronman has him 15th. There's a good chance that Kylington is still available when Toronto picks 24th overall, but it wouldn't be too crazy if another team reached for him just prior. 

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Report: Toronto Interested in Acquiring NCAA Prospect Zach Hyman

Justin Fisher
May 31 2015 06:07PM

You can always count on at least one of Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts to be a juicy rumour about the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In today's post, Friedman waited until his final thought to reveal that Toronto appears to be interested in the Florida Panthers' Zach Hyman...

30. Finally, circled back around Zach Hyman, the Michigan forward who informed Florida he will become an unrestricted free agent in August. Normally, teams don’t try to trade for this kind of player, knowing they can get him for free in a little more than two months. But there does appear to be some interest (maybe to wine-and-dine him in advance, who knows?) from the likes of Detroit, San Jose and Toronto, among others. No doubt the Panthers would love to get a pick out of it, if possible.

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This Week In #Content: May 31st, 2015

Justin Fisher
May 31 2015 07:34AM


Do you know what people on the internet love? Content. They can't get enough of it. And I know you, handsome reader of TLN, can't get enough of Toronto Maple Leafs content in particular.

Didn't catch all of our Leafs coverage this week? Stop. Don't worry. I got you.

Going forward we will be recapping the week that was at TLN as well as at other great websites that also cover the Leafs. But mostly TLN because, well, we're the greatest website that covers the Leafs.

Let's get to it.

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