2016 NHL Entry Draft Consensus Rankings - May 9, 2016

Shawn Reis
May 09 2016 11:02AM

Jon Steitzer may be moving on from the Nations Network, but his consolidated draft rankings were such a useful little tool for looking at where exactly all of the top prospects stand in the eyes of the scouts that I knew I had to keep the tradition going.  So I made my own.

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Devils' special teams lethal as Marlies fall behind 2-1 in series

Jeff Veillette
May 08 2016 06:18PM

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Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com (From Game 2)

Tonight was a night for those who trends to be bucked. The Toronto Marlies have had a few players who have stepped up for them over the course of these playoffs, but a few of their most consistent contributors have fallen off the map. Goals from a pair of the team's top youngsters moved the team forward in regulation, but both of the Albany Devils' special teams units were lethal in what ultimately became a 3-2 Toronto loss.

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MGD Game 3: It's Another Best of 5

Jeff Veillette
May 08 2016 01:18PM

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Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com

Today, the most anticipated series of the Calder Cup Playoffs switches cities, as the Marlies and the Devils move their battle to Albany for the next three games. Albany, known by many as the Steamed Ham capital of the world, is a place where the Devils feel mighty comfortable; they were a league-best 0.763 at home. Toronto, however, had an identical 0.763 on the road, and in their season series, Toronto won two of their three games at the Times Union Center. Can they keep that up, though? We'll see this week, starting in just a few hours.

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Matthews, Laine, and my street hockey reality check

Jeff Veillette
May 08 2016 10:52AM

I was overweight my entire childhood. By my late teens, that was even more apparent; you don't find many 5'10, 350-pound teenagers who have any interest in playing sports. Even football players with that build tend to be a bit taller. But I loved playing soccer and street/ball hockey with my friends and we kept ourselves out of trouble by hitting the mean side streets of Keele and Wilson every single afternoon with a couple of plastic nets, sticks, and beat up tennis balls. 

I didn't have the stamina (not even close) to play up front in soccer games, so I became a full-time goalkeeper. In hockey, though, I loved to score goals, so I watched NHL highlights every night and taught myself every trademark deke and shot I could in hopes that if I couldn't out-run them, I'd out-skill them.

For the most part, it worked. I became the last person you ever wanted to leave remotely uncovered on my block. I'd pretty much only lose breakaway relays when I got bored. All of my friends thought that I was a superb hockey player that could have maybe done great things if I was in shape and on skates. I started to buy into it too.

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Zach Hyman's game is the same no matter where he plays

Ryan Hobart
May 08 2016 08:33AM

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Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com

In Game 2 of the Marlies playoff series against the Albany Devils, Zach Hyman showed up in a big way. He netted two goals, helping the Marlies overcome the early 2-1 lead acquired by the Devils. A lead which they were unable to alter in Game 1.

Earlier in the season, Hyman was introduced to a lot of Leafs fans. Many are already aware he was acquired by the Leafs from the Florida Panthers for former Marlies depth forward Greg McKegg. Hyman had refused to sign in Florida, and as such, the Panthers were forced to move him on the cheap. The Maple Leafs happened to be the beneficiaries of that.

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