April 13 2016 02:55PM
This afternoon, the OHL announced the nominees for their 2015-16 end of season awards. Among the nominees were Maple Leafs prospects Mitch Marner of the London Knights and Travis Dermott of the Erie Otters. Both players have had great seasons and have a legitimate chance of winning.
April 13 2016 11:25AM
Before the hockey world outside of Scottsdale, Arizona knew the name Auston Matthews, Jesse Puljujarvi was being discussed as a future top pick in the NHL Entry Draft. The young Finnish winger became known on the international scene after a dominating performance at the U17 tournament two years ago and was thought to be the best 2016 eligible prospect until Matthews burst onto the scene. Now sitting as the consensus number three prospect in this year's draft, Puljujarvi represents the second player in a Finn vs Finn debate that should probably be a lot closer than appears to be the case recently.
April 13 2016 09:31AM
In case this is the first Leafs thing you've looked at today, you've probably noticed that Morgan Rielly and Nazem Kadri have been re-signed to very reasonable six year deals.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say very reasonable. I meant to say freaking fantastic.
The Leafs have taken care of their two biggest restricted free agents in very quick fashion, and of the RFAs not reassigned to the Marlies, that really only leaves Frank Corrado, Martin Marincin, and Peter Holland left to deal with.
April 13 2016 07:22AM
That was fast. The Maple Leafs have just announced that the team has locked up two pieces of their core for the next six years. No financial details have been released, but the move answers a couple of the big questions we had for the offseason.
April 13 2016 06:24AM
Last place finishes normally mean that somewhere along the way, a hockey club's season went horribly wrong - fans grow frustrated, coaches and executives are let go, and players are sent packing. The Leafs, though? Despite a 30th overall finish, this season really couldn't have gone any better. Mike Babcock got some great play out of his young core players, while Lou Lamoriello turned veterans into future assets and the club itself earned the best odds at winning the upcoming NHL Draft Lottery and the opportunity to draft Auston Matthews.
That doesn't mean that the current roster doesn't require a full review, though. Over the next couple weeks, we'll take a closer look at the 2015-16 Maple Leafs roster, judge their performances, and make a decision on their future with the Blue and White.
And yes - of course we developed an advanced and proprietary ranking system. You'll see.