June 28 2015 06:06PM
We're going to try something new today. A few weeks ago, we at TLN came across a 'Shadow Draft' done by the Battle Red Blog, SB Nation's Houston Texan's site. What's a Shadow Draft? Good question. From Battle Red...
If you're unfamiliar with the concept of a shadow draft, John Sickels popularized it at Minor League Ball. You pick at exactly the spots your team picks in the draft, and you aren't able to move down or up on your own.
In their version, there's some talk about other draft boards and team needs, which is a lot more relevant in the NFL when teams do consider need. The New England Patriots don't need a new star quarterback, y'know?
Anyway, these Shadow Draft exercises go on for long time, taking an annual look back on how the Shadow Team and its prospects stack up against the real-life team. So without further delay, here we go. It's the 2015 Shadow Draft, and the Shadow Leafs (cool name, right?) are on the clock...
June 27 2015 06:40PM
Photo Credit: Steven Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports
If you're a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you might not really know how to feel about their 2015 Draft.
The Leafs' front office spent weeks outlining their goals for the weekend: acquire as many picks as they could, and draft as many high-end skill as possible. Toronto certainly accomplished the latter in the first round when they took Mitch Marner of the London Knights with the fourth overall pick, but it looked like the Maple Leafs lost their own plot as early as the second round when, after trading their second first-round pick twice, they went off the board with the 34th overall selection.
Did they correct the ship in the later rounds? Here's your full 2015 NHL Entry Draft run down...
June 27 2015 11:44AM
Screen cap courtesy Cogeco TV
This is going to make a lot of people very happy.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have snapped up talented Sarnia Sting forward Nikita Korostelev with the 185th pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That's pretty amazing, as Korostelev was widely regarded as a 2nd or 3rd round talent.
At 6'1, 196lbs, the right-shooting Korostelev put up 24 goals and 53 points in 55 games for Sarina, leading the team in scoring. Born in Moscow, Korostelev crossed the Atlantic years ago and played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens before being drafted into the OHL.
June 27 2015 10:40AM
Screen cap courtesy Hockey Prospect videos
I'm beginning to think that "small, skilled forwards" was a major priority for the Leafs this year.
Dipping into the QMJHL for their 5th round selection, the Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted Dmytro Timashov of the Quebec Remparts. A 5'9, 192lb winger, Timashov scored 19 goals and a team-leading (and rookie-leading) 90 points in 66 games this season. In the playoffs, Timashov added another 18 points in 22 games.
June 27 2015 10:03AM
It looks like Toronto is going on a mini-run of skilled European picks.
With the 95th selection, their first of two in the fourth round, the Leafs have selected defenceman Jesper Lindgren out of MODO's J20 squad. Standing 6'0, 160lbs, Lindgren is an offensive defenceman with good speed.