Movers and Shakers: Leafs Trade Down, Will Now Pick 29th

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 07:52PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a pretty interesting trade with the Philadelphia Flyers, moving the 24th overall pick to the Flyers in exchange for the 29th and 61st overall picks.

With the 24th pick, Philadelphia selected Ottawa's Travis Konecny.

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Deep Dip: Mitchell Marner

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 06:39PM

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With files from Thomas Drance. 

It wasn't an easy decision.

Earlier today, it looked like Toronto had narrowed their prime targets down to London's Mitchell Marner and Boston College's Noah Hanifin. On one hand, Director of Player Personnel and former Knight Mark Hunter wanted to reunite himself with Marner. On the other, head coach Mike Babcock preferred that his new club build from the blueline out with Hanifin. More from the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle...

Some in Leafs management like pint-sized London Knights forward Mitch Marner. Others are fans of big Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin.
The two players have completely different skill sets, backgrounds and development curves, so weighing the pros and cons gets complicated. And members of the Leafs’ four-headed management team all have different ideas about what kind of player is most vital to a team that’s rebuilding.

Ultimately, the Leafs went with the winger.

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Toronto Drafts Mitchell Marner With 4th Overall Pick

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 05:38PM

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It looks like Mark Hunter got his guy.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted London Knights forward Mitchell Marner with the 4th pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. I imagine he's pretty happy about it.

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It's Official: Leafs Win The Kessel Trade

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 03:15PM

After years of back and forth, the Toronto Maple Leafs have roared back from behind to win the Phil Kessel trade over the Boston Bruins.

As you might remember, former Leafs GM Brian Burke wasn't at all that fond of the long rebuild. That's why, in 2009, Burke sent a 2010 first round pick, a 2010 second round pick and another 2011 first round pick to the Boston Bruins for a 21-year old Phil Kessel. 

At the time, it looked suspicious. Toronto didn't have any prospects of note, and could have really used those three picks. A year later, it looked even worse. The Leafs would finish second last that season, and the Bruins would draft an absolute stud in Tyler Seguin (and Jared Knight in the second round). Two years later, when Boston selected Dougie Hamilton with that other first round pick, well... Yeah, it was bad.

And today? Oh man... Not bad at all.

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Is Dylan Strome Back In The Mix?

Justin Fisher
June 26 2015 06:32AM

For a while now, we haven't really talked about Erie Otters centre Dylan Strome.

That doesn't mean that Strome tumbled down the draft rankings, or that we at TLN soured on him... We actually stopped talking about him because it'd been suggested to us pretty strongly that the Arizona Coyotes were pretty much set on drafting him with the third overall pick. 

We stopped talking about Strome in the same way we've never really talked about Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. It was irrelevant.

That might be changing pretty quickly.

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