The Best Top 5 Leafs Pick Ever?: Lanny McDonald

Greg Brady
March 30 2016 04:32PM

With the end of the regular season in sight, the Toronto Maple Leafs seem closer and closer to, at least, assuring themselves of a Top 5 pick in this summer's NHL Entry Draft.  There's going to be attention, almost like never before, from fanbases of Canadian teams when the Draft Lottery happens. Not just because it's the first time in the post-1967 expansion era that there'll be no Canadian teams represented in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1970, but the also because of the added intrigue of having the Lottery more egalitarian, if you will, and giving what we might deem "average" NHL teams who missed out on the playoff tournament by a handful of points a chance to cash in and get the first pick.

Given no team can fall further than three spots down the ladder, it's getting to be a reasonably safe conclusion the Leafs will have a draft pick in the Top 5, at the very worst, in a Draft that's not as top-heavy as last year with McDavid and Eichel. That said, scouts now seem to agree this class is deeper in the Top 10 than was forecast a year ago at this time.

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LFR9 - Game 76 - Meow - Tor 5, Fla 2

Steve Dangle
March 30 2016 01:25PM

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I will not look at the standings.

I will not look at the standings.

I will not look at the standings.

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Leafs Place Ben Smith On Waivers

Shawn Reis
March 30 2016 10:54AM

The Leafs exercised their AHL-assigning muscles today, placing forward Ben Smith on waivers with the likes of Byron Froese, Nikita Soshnikov, Peter Holland, and Leo Komarov nearing return from injury.  The 27-year-old played fairly well in a fourth-line role for the team, putting up 2 goals and 4 assists in 16 games.  He was acquired in the deal that sent James Reimer to San Jose.

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Leafs Postgame: Call it a Naztrick

Jeff Veillette
March 29 2016 09:01PM

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Florida may not be the most traditional of hockey markets, but you wouldn't know it from the way things have looked this year. For seemingly the first time ever, the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning look like they could do some damage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and with exciting rosters, no less. Last night the Leafs wrapped up their season series with the Bolts in tank-friendly fashion. Tonight, it was time to face Roberto Luongo, Jaromir Jagr, and pals for the last time this season, but the real superstar was Nazem Kadri, who picked up a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory.

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Toronto Marlies first in the league to 100 points after win against St. John's

Jeff Veillette
March 29 2016 07:36PM

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While this may have been the year where the Marlies-IceCaps rivalry was truly legitimised, no form of tension and close competition will ever change the fact that twelve games against another team in the same season is far, far too many. It's a necessity due to the travel complexities that the AHL carries, but at a certain point, welcomes feel a little overstated.

Tonight, the teams took to the ice together for what is presumably the last time this season, with the result being a 4-0 victory for the blue and white in front of the home fans.

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