Trading Up In The NHL Draft: Is It Worth It?

Shawn Reis
May 01 2016 11:25AM

Hockey Twitter wasted no time getting back to work.

With the first piece to the Leafs 2016 draft puzzle put in place after the team won last night's lottery, attention quickly turned to Toronto's later 1st round pick via Pittsburgh as well as the team's own 2nd round pick which sits firmly at 31st overall.

Specifically, the question was raised about whether or not this was the year it would make sense to trade up from those two spots in order to acquire another higher-end prospect, possibly a defenseman.

My initial instincts were to jump into the argument and tell the people that thought trading up was a good idea that they were wrong.  After all, don't the numbers tell us that it's typically a bad idea?

Don't they?

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VIDEO: Fans at TLN's NHL draft lottery party go nuts after Maple Leafs win 1st overall pick

Thomas Drance
April 30 2016 08:37PM

TLN held an NHL Draft Lottery party at the Tilted Kilt on the Esplanade in Toronto on Saturday night. And what was sure to be a solid evening turned into a great one when it was revealed that the Maple Leafs had won the right to select first overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

For those of you who weren't able to attend check out how TLN's readers at the draft party reacted to the news and re-live the joy of the Maple Leafs actually winning something!

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3 players the Maple Leafs should consider drafting with the 1st overall pick

Thomas Drance
April 30 2016 08:14PM

In case you've spent the weekend in a self-created hole in a park blasting Views on your headpones and haven't heard yet: the Toronto Maple Leafs won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night. In late June, the Maple Leafs will take to the stage at the First Niagara Center to draft first overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Which name should they announce? Let's break down three possibilities.

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Matthews on draft lottery results: 'A lot of mixed emotions'

Thomas Drance
April 30 2016 07:06PM


In all likelihood, Zurich centreman Auston Matthews will become the first player since Wendell Clark to be selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs at an NHL Entry Draft. Some hot takes might be written about how the Leafs should select Patrik Laine, particularly if the big Finnish forward outperforms Matthews at the upcoming World Championships. Matthews should be the guy no matter what though and we all know it.

So how did the American-born forward react to the Maple Leafs' big draft lottery win on Saturday night? Well he wasn't exactly banging pots with a spoon out the window, even if he didn't quite grimace like McDavid at the thought of wintering in the big smoke. 

"Very nerve racking, a lot of mixed emotions, but it's pretty exciting to be a part of," Matthews said, in answer to a question about the draft lottery process itself.

So... Is the fact that Matthews doesn't share Leafs Nation's massive enthusiasm for Saturday night's events something to worry about?

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Maple Leafs win 2016 NHL Draft Lottery!!!

Thomas Drance
April 30 2016 06:18PM

Photo Credit: John E. Solkowski

Toronto vs. Everybody. Bring it.

For the first time in most of our lifetimes, it seems like Lady Luck is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. On Saturday night the Toronto Maple Leafs got the sort of break they've spent years waiting for, winning the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery. Barring something extraordinarily unexpected, Auston Matthews will be wearing the blue and white next fall. 

How much of a game changer is this draft lottery win? Well consider that Views dropped on Friday, the Maple Leafs won the draft lottery on Saturday and now you certainly have to like the Toronto Raptors' chances in Game 7 on Sunday night. And you wouldn't have said that a couple of hours ago...

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