First Round Targets: Joel Eriksson Ek

Jon Steitzer
June 15 2015 10:00AM

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He may be Swedish but to me he's all finish.

Disclaimer: I fully admit to having a bias towards any 17 or 18 year old kid who manages to earn a regular shift in one of the European Elite Leagues. That’s one of the reasons why I had Nylander ranked third last year, and that’s why I am falling hard for Joel Eriksson Ek this year.

I will kill any direct comparisons of the two players right now, by saying that Eriksson Ek is not on the same talent level as Nylander. What Eriksson lacks in high end offensive talent, he makes up for with being a center you’d be happy to have on the ice in any situation.

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Draft Numbers: CHL Defensemen and the First Round

Shawn Reis
June 15 2015 08:02AM

I don't know about you, but with the draft less than two weeks away I'm setting my sights fully on where the Leafs' picks are and who they might take with those picks.

Last week I published a trio of articles on what the projection tools have to say about the CHL players in this draft.  Today and over the next couple of days I'm going to look more at some CHL players by the numbers (and some players from other leagues too).  This time what we'll be doing is comparing the point per game and size numbers of the players drafted in a specific part of the draft (e.g. top ten picks) and comparing it with this year's draft class, seeing if we can start to make any predictive assumptions about the quality of a player.

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What would other fans give up for Phil Kessel?

Jeff Veillette
June 14 2015 06:27PM

As the NHL draft approaches, speculation continues to heat up regarding Phil Kessel. The 27-year-old winger has been the cornerstone of this franchise since he was acquired from the Boston Bruins in 2009, but as the team heads in a new direction, they might consider cashing in their biggest asset. But it takes two to make a transaction, which left us wondering; how do fans of other teams feel about adding him to their roster?

We looked at some of the Kessel threads in team-specific subreddits, many of whom pride themselves as "more intelligent" communities, to see how they felt he would fit, and what they would give up.

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This Week In #Content: June 14th, 2015

Justin Fisher
June 14 2015 12:53PM

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Phil Kessel is probably going to be traded, Sheldon Keefe is your new Marlies coach, and the Leafs are getting ready for the draft. A lot went down last week, so if you missed any of this good stuff, get your clicky finger ready 'cause these links are coming in hot.

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Report: No New GM for Leafs by the Draft, Wings Open to Trading Top Pick, Mantha

Justin Fisher
June 13 2015 08:39PM

Here's a cold hard fact for you - Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox kill it on a weekly basis with their second intermission Saturday Headlines segment. This week, they didn't disappoint, sharing several interesting reports that directly impact your beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.

Most notably, Cox reports that Toronto will not be bringing in a new GM in the next couple weeks...

There's going to be one team in two weeks at the NHL Draft without a general manager, and that's going to be the Toronto Maple Leafs. They will not hire a GM before the draft. Brendan Shanahan decided he's happy to do the draft, and any deals they might make - including ones for Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, whoever - as long as he gets input from Mark Hunter, Kyle Dubas and the rest of their existing staff.

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