McCrimmon won't join Leafs, returns to Wheat Kings

Ryan Fancey
June 22 2015 02:04PM

Kelly McCrimmon, rumored for weeks now to be mulling over an offer to join the Leafs' front office, will turn it down. His junior club, the Brandon Wheat Kings, broke the news via their official website this afternoon.

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The First and Probably Last TLN Mock(ery) Draft

Bobby Cappuccino
June 22 2015 12:37PM

All NHL teams have draft tendencies, also known as "flaws". That’s why Yakov Mironov and I got together to do our very own #exclusive mock draft, a vision of what the 2015 NHL Entry Draft would look like if every team showed their "tendencies" on the same day. 

Yakov and I were each randomly assigned 15 of the teams. Any trades that occurred had to be between a team that he had and a team that I had. 

What followed was an insane, hard to follow night that featured several trades. Oh and a bunch of picks that were either strange, bad, or both. 

There are no draft winners this year. Only losers. Each team gets an F-. 

Enjoy.

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The Big List of NHL Draft Resources

Kent Wilson
June 22 2015 12:00PM

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There is a lot of information and analysis to consider when it comes to the NHL entry draft. Hundreds of draft eligible kids, thousands of stats lines, dozens of draft coverage publications/blogs and innumerable opinions about who is going to pick whom.

If you're like me, you probably spend a lot of time clicking from tab-to-tab in your browser, or wasting your time searching for draft reports, mock drafts and consensus rankings. So to make things easier for myself (and for you), I've compiled all the lists, ranks and tools I use to follow the draft. 

Enjoy!

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Report: Penguins Kicking Tires on Phil Kessel?

Cat Silverman
June 22 2015 11:33AM

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Ridiculous Photo by Jon Steitzer

Phil Kessel has been the most talked-about trade piece in Toronto (and possibly the entire NHL) since the start of the off-season, when rumors began to circulate that the Leafs were willing to move the 27 year old winger. 

The takes have ranged from exciting to heartbreaking, and they seem to get more outrageous by the day - which is where this piece by Dave Molinari of the Post-Gazette comes into play

The Pittsburgh Penguins reporter suggests that the Pittsburgh Penguins, who only hold one draft pick in the first four rounds of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, could be at least a casually interested party in regards to a Kessel acquisition. 

"Perhaps because there are so few top-six wingers in play now, the Penguins are believed to have at least a kick-the-tires level of interest in Toronto’s Phil Kessel.

Kessel, 27, is one of the NHL’s top goal-scorers — he has 247 in 668 games with the Maple Leafs and Boston — but comes with an $8 million salary-cap hit on a contract that runs through the 2021-22 season."

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Dave Morrison's Fishing Holes

Adam Laskaris
June 22 2015 08:00AM

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Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison's has been with the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2004 and in his current role since 2006. Because the Leafs have quite clearly not been exactly the NHL's most talented team in that timeframe, it's natural to wonder exactly what's going on in their scouting department. 

Prior to the 2013 draft, our own Justin Fisher wrote a piece examining the history of Dave Morrison's draft tendencies, looking at the leagues where Morrison often decided to cast his scouting rod

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