August 10 2016 01:13PM
Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/TSGPhoto.com
There's been a lot of talk about Matt Hunwick on the Leafs side of the internet in the past few days. Part of it comes from an interesting piece on Pension Plan Puppets from Arvind on Morgan Rielly's defensive partners, that largely came to the conclusion that his pairing with Hunwick was a bit of a tire fire. The next day, a post on /r/Leafs questioned the predictive qualities of Dominic Galamini's HERO chart visuals, citing the last two years that show up for Hunwick as proof that there's a lack of consistency.
August 10 2016 06:40AM
Six weeks ago, a lot of people lost their minds over the bevy of picks that the Toronto Maple Leafs made on the draft podium in Buffalo. After all, it wasn't a bunch of skilled, young, often undersized skaters like last year. There were old (relatively speaking) players. Big players. Tough players. Goalies. GOALIES!
There's an aura of wait and see to the whole ordeal. My mindset was that I didn't know, and it was okay.
But if there's one thing I'm pretty sure of, it's that Adam Brooks was the most 2015-like selection of the draft. In fact, the 20-year-old might be their best value pick of the last two drafts, and might have some of the highest upside in the system. Hear me out.
August 09 2016 10:17PM
On this episode, the guys freestyle through the dog days of summer, talking Oilers, the hockey landscape and blogging's impact, and a special guest joins for the online portion.
August 09 2016 11:46AM
Do you ever wonder what hockey executives do deep into the offseason?
You've made your signings from Europe and North America and missed out on a few others. You've made your draft selections. You may or may not be signing Jimmy Vesey, but that's still a few days away. The Ivan Hlinka Tournament is on, but you'll just catch the highlights and get your scouts to fill you in, honestly. So what do you do with your time?
Well, Brendan Shanahan might have an answer to that question, or many answers, really.
Shanahan recently went on The Players Tribune to respond to fan questions about a variety of topics. While the whole Q&A is worth a read, here's a few of Shanahan's best and most relevant quotes from the mailbag in context:
August 09 2016 06:00AM
A lot of people felt the Leafs could do something to bolster their organizational goalie depth, but it still seemed to catch them off guard when the team announced the signing of Finnish goalie turned college starter Kasimir Kaskisuo. For a lot of people, they had simply never heard of him before.
Still, some light has slowly been shed on him, and people are slowly warming up to him. Granted, he's far from a blue-chip prospect, but he's put his name right alongside the likes of Garret Sparks and Antoine Bibeau in the minds of many, so much so that he's our top-ranked goalie (albeit by a slim margin) in this summer's rankings.