May 14 2015 04:00PM
There are few notions less popular in Leafs land than the
idea of trading down in the draft. Toronto is a team that is starved for high
end high skill prospects, and the idea of grabbing an elite talent after
suffering through a horrible season offers some consolation. Of course, the
draft is still over a month away, and we have plenty of time to consider every
possibility so let’s dive into what trading down could look like.
May 14 2015 01:10PM
On Instagram and elsehwere #TBT (or Throwback Thursday for the uninformed) is a day where users post pictures of themselves from days past, though it seems these days "throwback" can often mean a time period of less than a month.
On TLN, the new feature of #TBT will showcase a look at highlights (and ocassionally lowlights) of the Leafs' history. For starters, we're going to take a look at the 2002 second-round Battle of Ontario playoff matchup against the Ottawa Senators.
May 14 2015 09:58AM
Last night we found out that, with the elimination of the Capitals, the Leafs will own the 24th pick (from Nashville) in the upcoming draft - which will go along nicely with their big selection in the four spot.
But what are the chances of them hauling out two impact players in the first thirty picks? We can only speculate on who they might pick, but we can also go back and see how other teams have fared in these slots over the last few years.
May 13 2015 08:56PM
We finally know where that Nashville Predators first round pick will land.
With this evening's New York Rangers' overtime win over the Washington Capitals, Toronto will hold the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Leafs acquired the pick, along with Olli Jokinen and prospect Brendan Leipsic, when they sent Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville at the deadline.
All in all, 24th overall is not that bad. At best the pick could have dropped as low as 22nd, and at worst it could have been as high as 30th. You can thank the Chicago Blackhawks for eliminating Nashville early.
While we certainly don't know who the Leafs will select with their second of first round picks, you can expect it to be a quality prospect. The 2015 Draft is by all accounts a pretty good and pretty deep draft, but the latter half of the first round will be very difficult to predict.
If you want to get familiar with some of the names that could be called by Toronto with their late first, here are some of the players that several scouting services and networks have ranked 24th on their lists...
May 13 2015 04:10PM
The Leafs' coach and general manager search has been well-documented, but one of the big questions it brings with it is whether they even need to go outside the organization at all - particularly on the manager side.