Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 26 2015 10:00AM
The 2015 NHL Entry Draft was once something that fans searched for using a telescope, desparate for a date on the calendar to be excited about. Today, it's right under their nose; the day has come and we're hours away from the Edmonton Oilers making the first pick (gee, I wonder who it will be).
For the Leafs, this day isn't just about who they will select in the 4th and 24th positions. The team is also looking to make some moves to shake up the core. The biggest name out there? Star winger Phil Kessel, who is apparently on the market, and has earned the interest of several teams. Many have speculated how this plays out, but here's my theory - it doesn't.
June 26 2015 09:06AM
A week ago I wrote about the Leafs' decision over their top pick, and whether that process might be presenting some substantial debate within the front office. It's becoming more and more evident leading up to tonight that the people in that room have their favourites, and the two biggest voices appear to be Mike Babcock and Mark Hunter.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 26 2015 08:20AM
Photo Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Avalanche have taken advantage of one team's cap struggles, and in effect, have created their own. In acquiring forward Carl Soderberg from the Boston Bruins for peanuts, the organization has effectively locked itself out of keeping one of its best fowards.
June 26 2015 07:01AM
We're going to be dropping by with quick hits of news all day leading up to tonight's draft to keep you (and ourselves) up to speed, and why not get things starting with what sounds like important info regarding the fourth overall pick?
June 26 2015 06:32AM
For a while now, we haven't really talked about Erie Otters centre Dylan Strome.
That doesn't mean that Strome tumbled down the draft rankings, or that we at TLN soured on him... We actually stopped talking about him because it'd been suggested to us pretty strongly that the Arizona Coyotes were pretty much set on drafting him with the third overall pick.
We stopped talking about Strome in the same way we've never really talked about Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. It was irrelevant.
That might be changing pretty quickly.
It certainly sounds like Arizona is leaning towards trading the No. 3 overall pick. Multiple teams interested, incl CBJ, WPG and perhaps BOS— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 26, 2015
Most of the teams interested in getting the No. 3 pick want it to draft a D, either Noah Hanifin or Ivan Provorov.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 26, 2015