April 30 2015 05:48PM
A fun little piece ran in the Edmonton Journal earlier today, talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins and the apparent necessity for them to move Evgeni Malkin. Jim Matheson talked about several situations in which the Penguins could move their (other) star centre, and... wait, no. Stop. Don't drag the Leafs into this...
The Leafs need a first-line centre, too. Would they go Malkin for Phil Kessel and his $8 million salary and Tyler Bozak? Kessel could play with Crosby.
Alright, let's deal with this and quickly move past it, yeah?
April 30 2015 11:59AM
With their season far behind them now, the Leafs' and their management are looking ahead to the offseason, and the 2015 draft of course is of prime focus. With much of the talk being focused on the Leafs' current spot at 4th overall, there is also another pick that could prove very important to the Leafs' rebuilding efforts.
As you probably recall, the Leafs picked up the Nashville Predators' first round selection this year in a package of a trade that sent Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson to the Tennessee-based franchise. With Nashville now out of the playoff race, the pick will now sit from 22nd-24th in the opening round of the upcoming draft.
April 30 2015 08:20AM
One of the things about this Making a Case series that we’ve been running on TLN is that it’s been a great opportunity for the writers here to sing the praises of players we’d love to see in the Blue and White. The thing about Provorov is that I’m sure many of us are regarding him as the worst case scenario of this bunch. While he’s certainly not my first choice, or second, or third, or fourth of this group (Friday’s prospect deserves some more consideration than he’s been getting), hopefully I can make enough of a case that in the event he was drafted Toronto can avoid the hysteria we experienced when Morgan Rielly was taken over Filip Forsberg or even better, make the case that the Leafs should move mountains to acquire a second top ten pick.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 29 2015 07:59PM
You didn't think it was going to last forever, did you? While I'm sure the Toronto Marlies would have been happy with never losing a hockey game again, the odds of that weren't exactly in their favour. Pure probability aside, the Grand Rapids Griffins are very good and not the type of team that just gets swept in the first round, regardless of opponent. This was proven tonight, as the nine game winning streak was snapped by a 5-2 defeat.
April 29 2015 04:46PM
Dylan Strome appears to be the guy that most Leafs fans want to draft this summer. As I wrote this article, the little poll that sits to the right of of this site told me that 58% of TLN readers preferred Strome to Mitch Marner or Noah Nanifin, which is not an insignificant amount of you.
What makes Strome really interesting is that, much like Hanifin, there's no telling if he'll even be available by the time Toronto's fourth overall pick comes up. It's widely believed that Arizona, the owner of the third overall pick, will likely take one of the two, with the Leafs most likely choosing between whoever's left over and Marner.
If Arizona does take Hanifin (or Marner, I guess), here's three very good reasons why the Leafs should be interested in nabbing Strome.
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