June 21 2012 12:37PM
Regularly Scheduled News Everyone! Today the NHL released the schedule for the 2012-2013 season. While the looming CBA negotiations may bring about a lockout for now we can stare at it with wonder. We’ll be taking a more in-depth look at the schedules, back to backs, strength of schedule, the potential impact of travel early next week. For now, here are some dates that stand out as “must sees”.
June 21 2012 09:57AM
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Furthering up on our Defenceman/Goaltender "Big Board" from earlier today, we look now at the forwards on our list, at least one of which will be available at #5.
Using the collective analysis of Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus and Craig Button of TSN, I pieced together common things said and written about each prospect, along with what we ought to like and not like about the perceived talents of a hockey player. There are three centremen and three wingers on this list, and we're trying to find elements in these players' games that will make them good pieces at the NHL-level. With such a high pick in the draft, two-way play is at a premium.
Here are TLN's top forwards, ranked 1-through-6:
June 21 2012 08:08AM
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Yesterday we released our "Big Board" at The Leafs Nation to introduce us to all the potential players that Brian Burke will select with the #5 overall pick.
Using the collective analysis of Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus and Craig Button of TSN, I pieced together common things said and written about each prospect, along with what we ought to like and not like about the perceived talents of a hockey player. Defencemen are tough to pin down in any draft year, since the traditional stats we use to judge forwards are thrown out the window in favour of players who can influence possession, play physical or quarterback a powerplay.
Here are TLN's preferred five defencemen ahead of Friday's selection:
June 21 2012 07:23AM
Awkward hug is awkward. Photo Credit-Reuters
The NHL has selected an All-Rookie Team since the 1982-83 season. The last Leaf to be named was Luke Schenn in 2008-2009 which feels like an eternity ago. All told 7 Leafs have been named to the All-Rookie team. With his inclusion on this year’s squad Jake Gardiner is joining some exclusive, and surprising company.
June 20 2012 09:27PM
Once Nail Yakupov’s arch-rival for being considered the 2012 top prospect, Mikhail Grigorenko now finds himself dropping out of top-10 in almost every mock draft he’s unfortunate enough to take a look at. While some complain about his work ethic, others bring up the rumor about his alleged age-forging issue.