May 01 2015 09:00AM
When it comes to talking about which player the Leafs should draft with the 4th overall pick this June, most of the debate has centered around three players: Noah Hanifin, Mitchell Marner, and Dylan Strome. These guys above all else serve as the consensus for who the Leafs logically should add to their organization. And while it's maybe a little unlikely that someone outside of this group gets drafted by Toronto at 4, there's certainly a case to be made in favor of someone else. After all, most of the guys projected in this range are considered to have similar upside. Maybe the guys beneath Hanifin, Marner, and Strome are considered a little bit less of a sure thing, but if the upside is the same then other players deserve to be a part of the conversation as well. Yesterday we talked about Ivan Provorov as one of the guys who might belong in that mix. Today, we'll be talking about another player that is making a strong case to be considered among the draft's elite: Mathew Barzal.
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May 01 2015 06:30AM
Dave Nonis speaks after firing, changes Canucks will make, renewed life in Edmonton, Flames round 2 matchup, Jets continue to roll out playoff injury list, more 2015 draft coverage, a classic playoff tilt and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
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.