Another brief history of the Leafs' draft positions

Ryan Fancey
June 13 2016 01:40PM

With the Penguins taking down the Cup yesterday evening, the Leafs' picks for this month's draft have finally been locked in. And with that, we can do more to look at how they might turn out. 

One of the easiest things to do is simply look back and see how those selections have turned out over the last number of years. We've dug into some more in-depth things like pick valuations and specific prospects who might fall within the team's grasp over the last few weeks, but this is more so just a fun exercise to get an idea of how picks have turned out at these points in the draft, and perhaps have a little laugh (or cry) at some big whiffs.

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#AfterAuston: Adam Fox

Jess Pincente
June 13 2016 10:27AM

Since his days of sniping on Chinese invitational teams, Adam Fox has grown a bit - but not much. Despite his 5-foot-10-inch and 185-pound frame, Fox had a fantastic year with the USNTDP, setting a program record for most points by a defenceman in a single season and scoring at a near point-per-game pace.  

A name I've heard used in comparison to Fox is Shayne Ghostisbehere. While comparing Fox to Calder nominee Ghostisbehere may be a bit of an overshot, Fox's elite offensive skill is at least worthy of a conversation.

In our next #AfterAuston draft profile, we will be taking a look at Adam Fox, and whether or not he should be of interest to the Leafs.  

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Kessel's victory a moment of celebration, not regret

Jeff Veillette
June 12 2016 09:01PM

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After months and months of gruelling hockey, the NHL season is finally over, and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been named Stanley Cup Champions for the second time in the cap era. Somewhere, Brian Burke is screaming about team development models and threatening to rent out a barn. But speaking of Burke, there's a certain winger on this Penguins roster hoisting the silver mug for the first time.

Yes, we're talking about Phil.

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The Smartest Goaltending Acquisition? Nobody.

Jeff Veillette
June 11 2016 02:37PM

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Of all the positions that people are interested in the Leafs improving, goaltending seems to be the highest priority of the bunch. After all, Jonathan Bernier is coming off of the worst season of his career, and while Garret Sparks had a highly memorable first game with the team, he wasn't exactly an all-star as the year progressed. There's isn't a ton in the pipeline either, with Antoine Bibeau riding the AHL average all year, Kasimir Kaskisuo being a question mark, and the remainder of the prospect pool consisting of, well, nothing.

But speaking purely about next year, I don't see any reason for the Leafs to sprint to get a goaltender.

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Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Auston Matthews

Jeff Veillette
June 10 2016 05:38PM

It's been nearly a month and a half until the draft lottery and we're two Fridays away from the Toronto Maple Leafs stepping up to the podium. Since then, rather than be happy with the fact that the Leafs were blessed via lottery ball into acquiring one of the best draft-eligible prospects of this generation, fans and media have done everything in their power to talk about alternatives. Look at the latest trade rumour, from Boston writer Jimmy Murphy, for example:

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