April 14 2016 07:53AM
He has a familiar name and the pedigree that goes with it.
Being a 100 point player on the powerhouse London Knights, who just happened to
be owned by the guy running the draft for the Leafs. He has NHL size (194 lbs,
6’1), and he’s dominated at every level. That’s pretty much the short version
on why we’re talking about Matthew Tkachuk as a Top Five player in the draft.
Of course, when scouts start talking about pedigree and size that often raises flags for the rest of us and while Tkachuk is definitely a proven first round talent, certainly one worthy of going in the first half of the round, there may be others more worthy of going in the top five of the draft.
April 13 2016 04:28PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs' season is over, and with it goes the rotation of first looks for players who started their season at Ricoh Coliseum. The group has been sent back, the roster has ballooned to a whopping 47 players, and the team set its sight on rebuilding chemistry before the start of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Their first crack at it wasn't overly successful, though, as they fell 3-2 to the Hartford Wolfpack on a sunny but chilly Wednesday morning.
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.