TLN Draft Prospect Watch: Auston Matthews

Justin Fisher
April 11 2016 08:20AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs' season is over, so hell yeah we're kicking off TLN's draft coverage right away. There's no need to delay, considering we now know that the Leafs are guaranteed one of the first four selections in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. And with a 20% chance of winning the draft lottery and picking first overall, we may as well start with the almost consensus top prospect - Auston Matthews.

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Marlies extend point streak, set franchise record over weekend

Jeff Veillette
April 10 2016 06:19PM

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Regardless of what happens in the Toronto Marlies' last week of the season, they'll finish the season as the AHL's best team this year and the franchise's best team in history. In the last three-in-three run of 2015/16, the blue and white picked up five of a possible six points while icing a whole bevy of players.

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LFR9 - Game 82 - LAST - Tor 1, NJ 5

Steve Dangle
April 10 2016 03:55PM

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Game: 82.

Place: 30.

Games remaining: 0.

We did it, Leafs fans! It's over.

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Lamoriello: Future of Robidas, Lupul Unknown

Justin Fisher
April 10 2016 11:23AM

Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello turned a few heads this season when he placed Stephane Robidas on Toronto's long-term injury reserve, and, well, he never really came back. Was Robidas actually injured, or did the Leafs just not really want him around considering how dramatically his play has fallen off? Nobody knows for sure, despite what Toronto tells us. 

A little later in the year, Joffrey Lupul also found himself injured and shelved. Nobody really batted an eye to that, because Lupul missing significant amounts of time is kind of this thing. 

But now it looks like both could be gone for good.

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Leafs secure best chance at 1st Overall Pick, Auston Matthews

Justin Fisher
April 09 2016 08:09PM

With their 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils earlier this evening, the Toronto Maple Leafs have secured the 30th overall position in the standings and the best odds at winning the 1st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Without a doubt, the top pick this year would be ZSC Lions' Auston Matthews.

Matthews made the unique decision to forego both U.S. college and Canadian junior hockey and jump straight to the pros... in Switzerland... this year. He scored 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games this year for the Lions, finishing 10th in NLA scoring. That said, let's also remember that Matthews missed chunk of his season due to the World Juniors, and his 1.28 points-per-game average ranked second amongst full-time players.

Now, this is all very exciting that the Leafs have the best odds of landing Matthews, who is by all means an excellent, excellent prospect. That said, the Leafs' odds are still pretty long.

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