May 04 2016 08:52AM
Please stop. There's been chatter over social media (and in the actual media) about where Finnish sniper Patrik Laine should be ranked. Given the title, I'm sure you're not surprised to hear me say I don't have him at the top of my draft board.
When the season started, there was only one name that people were really getting excited for, and that was American centerman Auston Matthews. So what's changed?
Well, quite a lot. Even in the context of Matthews and Laine, a lot has happened.
May 04 2016 06:36AM
The Leafs and their fans have been crying out for a franchise center since the days of Sundin, and with them set to pick up Auston Matthews about seven weeks from now, they'll finally get one.
But over the years that image of a dream pivot has sort of been seen as a distributor. In Kessel's time here, we barked about him, as a sniper, not really having the support of a good puck-mover with vision. [It turned out he was a fine playmaker on his own, which quieted that down at least a little]. With Sundin it was almost the opposite, him never being given a true finisher outside Mogilny, and his distributing skills never being fully realized.
May 03 2016 11:25PM
On this episode - FIRST OVERALL PICK WOOOOOO oh and what that means for the Leafs, plus Bob Hartley, a terrible highlight pack, a terrible internship, and a terrible ROFLcopter.
May 03 2016 09:23PM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com
It almost felt like the offseason was upon us, but as it turns out, sweeps just give you a lot of free time. Now that the dust has settled and the organization is a bit richer after the Draft Lottery Win and signing Nikita Zaitsev, eyes head back to the Toronto Marlies as they prepare to take on the Albany Devils in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
May 03 2016 09:27AM
When your team wins the first overall pick in the draft it's easy to forget about the other top prospects in the Leafs organization.
Mitch Marner is one of those prospects, who put up an obscene 116 points in 57 games for the London Knights in the OHL this season. As it turns out, he was rewarded for that obscenely good year today, with the OHL announcing that Marner was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Red Tilson Trophy, awarded to the league's most outstanding player.
The OHL aptly summarized why Marner won the award here: