The Steve Dangle Podcast - June 26, 2014 - Draft Preview!

Steve Dangle
June 26 2014 11:57PM

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The guys preview the upcoming draft and trade rumours with Justin Fisher, debate their picks, and discuss nip slips.

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TLN Draft Profile: Jake "The Wrestler" Virtanen

Bobby Cappuccino
June 26 2014 09:40PM

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Name: Jake Virtanen

Position: Right Wing

Height: 6'1

Weight: 210lbs

Junior Team: Calgary (WHL)

Rankings: NHL CSS - 6th (NA), ISS - 7th, Justin's List - 9th, Logan's List - 9th

Wow, someone Justin and I agree on! Jake "The Snake/The Hitman" (all the wrestlers!) Virtanen is a big right winger that plays for the Calgary Hitmen. He's one of those prospects that seems to have all the attributes that could make him a great top line winger in the future.

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TLN Draft Profile: Nick Ritchie

Justin Fisher
June 26 2014 04:15PM

Name: Nick Ritchie

Position: Left Wing

Height: 6’2

Weight: 226lbs

Junior Team: Peterborough (OHL)

Rankings: NHL CSS - 7th (NA), ISS - 10th, Justin’s List - 8th, Bobby’s List - 10th

I’ve spent more time talking about Nick Ritchie over the past few weeks than I’d like to admit. Amongst Leafs fans, who have taken exception to apparent “safe picks” made by Toronto with recent first round picks, there’s a very real paranoia surrounding the eighth overall pick.

“Like, what if they take Nick Ritchie? Isn’t he like Tyler Biggs 2.0?”

Um, no.

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Draft Retrospective: David Broll

Steve Dangle
June 26 2014 04:09PM


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Leafs prospect David Broll knows all about the stresses and joys of the NHL Entry Draft. He was drafted fairly recently - 152nd overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft - and he has already gone from a late round draft pick, to a regular American League player with a few NHL games under his belt.

I spoke to "The Brolldozer" on the eve of this year's edition of the NHL Entry Draft to ask about his experience, what has happened since, and what advice he has for this year's crop.

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Nation World HQ
June 26 2014 12:58PM


Our writers around the Nation Network have done a fantastic job profiling all the top prospects for this weekend’s NHL draft.  Here is all you need to know about the players expected to be picked early in tomorrow’s first round.

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