June 17 2016 01:05PM
With the draft just one week away(!!!), our attention today turns back to where it all began: the first overall pick.
April 30th was a special day full of happiness, celebration, and some grade A trolling. For a fanbase of a team that has gone through so much crap over the years, to see that final card turned over with the new Maple Leafs on it was a trigger of pure joy.
But it wasn't long before the media started spinning the narrative.
Should the Leafs actually take Auston Matthews first overall? Is he the best player in the draft? What about Patrik Laine? OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, LOOK AT THOSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS STATS!!!
It's been a long and oftentimes annoying ride, getting from April 30th up to today, the proverbial eve of the draft.
So today we ask the question one more time:
June 17 2016 10:00AM
Whether or not the Leafs should pursue Steven Stamkos in free agency has been a point of debate here and elsewhere for a while, as is the idea that Toronto will be (and perhaps always has been) a clear frontrunner for the star. But now with the month of June winding down and the draft just a week away, we at least know this is going to be settled soon, and we'll get our answers one way or the other. However, for the Leafs' front office, obviously things will be clearer before they are for us.
A week from tonight, not long after Mark Hunter gets up to the podium and announces "From the Zurich Lions...", Lou Lamoriello and others will watch the clock hit midnight and officially be able to begin the process of courting Stamkos to Hogtown.
Talk about a fun weekend.
June 17 2016 06:45AM
I'm not going to sit here and give you a lecture on whether trading up or down, historically, is a good or bad idea. That's mostly because Shawn Reis did a fantastic job of that back in May, and quite frankly, I have nothing more to bring to the table beyond what he's said.
However, I do have a handy list of times the Leafs have actually made a pure draft pick shuffle in the past few years, so let's take a look at a few case studies, shall we?
Nation World HQ
June 17 2016 05:00AM
The NHL is boring, Kessel gets it done, is Matthews really better than Laine, what do the Canucks have at 5, remembering Gordie Howe, Flames buyouts, where will Yakupov go, the NHL draft, Vegas expansion, free agency, Randy Carlyle and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
June 16 2016 05:08PM
On this episode, the legend Chris Johnston joins the podcast in studio for all things Leafs, playoffs, and sports media.