April 12 2016 03:01PM
Between the CHL playoffs, the Frozen Four, the OHL Draft, and the U18s starting next week, we haven't seen many new rankings released. Both Draftbuzz Hockey and Hockeyprospect.com are still on their February 29th rankings and only ISS and McKeenshave updated since our last look at the Consolidated totals on March 22nd.
With the season now beyond us, the draft lottery 18 days away, our prospect profiles now underway (read about Matthews and Laine before you check back for more), and the NHL CSS (Central Scouting) releasing their final draft rankings, it's as good a time as any for a refresher, knowing full well that at least 4 services will drop new rankings tomorrow to spite me.
April 12 2016 12:59PM
The Leafs season is coming to a close and with that a gloriously long window of time to begin negotiating contracts on the free agents the Leafs would like to see return, or at the very least are uncomfortable seeing them walk away for nothing. One of those deals that probably won’t get done in that window is Nazem Kadri’s next contract.
April 12 2016 10:39AM
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The NHL Playoffs are only days away which means we're about to witness the best non-tanking hockey of the year. For the Nation Network, it also means we’re launching a new playoff fantasy hockey draft at nationdrafts.com. Although I plan on spending most of my time tirelessly over-analyzing who we should draft with our two first round picks this June, I always make time to follow a few big series and inevitably watch my fantasy hockey team fall to pieces.
Here are four former Leafs that’ll be on the radar for the next two months:
April 12 2016 09:06AM
It was always just a matter of time before we heard of other NHL teams looking into Kyle Dubas as a full-time general manager, and no doubt until he's eventually named to the throne in Toronto we'll continue to do so.
Now we have our first real culprit, the Arizona Coyotes, as Elliotte Friedman reported this morning that they've looked to gain access to young up-and-comer to replace Don Maloney who was canned just yesterday.
April 12 2016 07:58AM
It’s a bit of an overstatement to say that Patrik Laine wasn’t on the radar at the start of the 2015-16 season. He was certainly a prospect that people had their eyes on in September, but generally as a top 15 or top 10 pick. Bob McKenzie’s rankings had Laine at 4 and was probably pretty telling of how things would eventually play out for the young Finn.