June 16 2016 07:00AM
My friends, I am here, today, to bestow the Nation's praise onto a fine group of fantasy hockey heroes. This group of fantasy heroes opened up their wallets for a chance at glory and prizes, and today is the day where we announce the winners of the NationDrafts playoff pool!
June 16 2016 07:00AM
NHLe is a neat little stat that helps you, on a very basic level, project how the production of a given player would translate to the NHL. And since there are NHL translation numbers available across many leagues, perhaps more useful in NHLe is the fact that it allows you to compare prospects in a given draft class across leagues.
It has its limitations, though, and it's not any sort of catch-all statistic. Still, it's more grist for our mill, and can be useful on a basic level for fans and scouts alike.
Without further ado, what I've done is calculate the NHLe for 65 of the top-rated prospects in this year's draft class. So, a player's given NHLe number is what the tool says a player's production would be translated to an 82 game NHL season.
June 15 2016 06:38PM
We promise that we're going to go back to treating Phil Kessel as if he's just another member of another hockey team. Soon. But not today. Today, we have a very serious topic on our hands.
Kessel was on Sportsnet 590 the Fan this morning and in a conversation with Dean Blundell, mentioned that he might end up spending his day with the Stanley Cup, which has yet to be determined, back here in Toronto. Kessel has on many occasions spoken about how he feels this city is his second home, that he still has a lot of friends here, and that even though he sold his Bay and College condo this spring, he still visits often.
Obviously, there's a lot of fun speculation to be had about what he'll do with the cup. I'm hoping for the above-shown Wienermobile tour around the Financial District, with him stopping at Front and John for the tastiest of all the street meat. But that's not my question.
June 15 2016 02:00PM
Yesterday, I talked about a defenseman the Leafs might target in Logan Stanley. Today we're going to shift to basically the exact opposite player in Samuel Girard.
#AfterAuston today features shifty offensive defenseman Girard, who plays for the QMJHL-championship-finalist Shawinigan Cataractes. Girard very well could be that kind of high-ceiling talent the Leafs would look for when drafting.
June 15 2016 12:00PM
Look, it was bound to happen. You know it and I know it -- Randy Carlyle just wasn't going out like that. Although it would appear to many that Ron Wilson DID go out, um, "like that"; meaning being a somewhat disgraced head coach of an under-nourished yet strangely bloated Toronto Maple Leafs team that seemed to have hit the skids, with nowhere to sink in the standings but down.
Now, often, coaches are fired in the hopes that the team in question will rebound, show new signs of life, and ascend to new heights. The 2014-15 Toronto Maple Leafs squad will be utilized by hockey historians for decades to come as a team that saw fit not to come together and be all in and push for a postseason spot, quite on the contrary, but more on that in a bit.