June 10 2016 02:02PM
On this episode, the guys remember Gordie Howe before discussing the Stanley Cup Final, a dumb trade rumour, and before things get completely out of hand, Jakin Smallwood calls in.
June 10 2016 11:39AM
Yesterday, Corey Pronman released his Top 30 Draft Prospects of the Past Five Years (ESPN Insider Paywall). I thought it would be good to show you where potential Leafs ended up on this list.
Technically, everyone who is draft eligible is a potential Maple Leaf so I've included them all in here.
Before we get into it, not that we're breaking it down completely, but it's important to highlight Pronman's thought process here. It's basically to take his opinion of each player before they were drafted, and rank those opinions of players against each other. This prevents players from the 2011 and 2012 drafts from having an advantage due to being so much further on their development paths.
So, if you were to look at the full list, you'll see some guys who were busts in high positions, and that doesn't mean Pronman doesn't realize they were busts. It means he's staying true to the context of this particular ranking.
The problem is, I think, he has over corrected and given recency bias boosts to the 2016 draft eligibles. But that's not important. The important thing is: what does he think about our future Leafs?
The main purpose of including the draft-eligibles is to show you who comes up first on this list, so get ready for it. We kick off with...
June 10 2016 07:00AM
In today's #AfterAuston session, we're going to talk about highly debated prospect Alex DeBrincat. For most of the season, DeBrincat was a hot topic among draft enthusiasts. He ranged everywhere from out of the 1st round to top 5, and everyone was assertive that that was where he belonged. Nowadays, the conversation on him has cooled dramatically. The people who stand on either extreme of whether "size matters" have largely shifted their focus to Clayton Keller, an equally small and increasingly exciting prospect.
Where does DeBrincat stand relative to Keller? And what about the rest of the draft class? Why did the opinion on him cool so dramatically?
I'm here to see if I can find answers to those questions.
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June 10 2016 05:00AM
Ads on NHL jerseys, Stamkos to the Leafs heats up, Wings shouldn't pay to get rid of Datsyuk, Milan Lucic open to Western Canada, despite point totals Trouba getting better, Flames possibilities of picking 3rd, Oilers should consider trading Draisaitl, myths of winning in the West, 2016 NHL draft, free agent profiles and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
June 09 2016 01:11PM
The NHL season isn't officially over yet, but silly season has officially begun. If Darren Dreger is to be believed, three very high picks in the first round are now in play. Columbus is listening to calls, and Edmonton is doing so as well. But so are the Vancouver Canucks, which is easily the most fun of all.