The Leafs' Top 5 Draft Gems

Jon Steitzer
June 20 2015 09:42AM

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It’s easy to make fun of the Leafs draft record over the past decade, largely because the team hasn’t been very good. We’ve had two general managers that have sold a bill of goods regarding size and character and prioritized getting to know the player’s family over getting to know how fast he can skate or how hard is shot is. While Burke, Nonis, Fletcher, and Ferguson are easy targets for ridicule, they did actually manage to unearth some late round gems in their drafts, something that Ferguson was particularly good at. While the GMs or possibly Dave Morrison might get a lot of the credit for these picks, the high number of Europeans that panned out certainly points to Thommie Bergman being a big part of the success.

While the Leafs certainly had a number of late round gems prior to the Ferguson era (hello Markov, Berezin, and Borschevsky), we’re going to limit this list to the 30 team, seven draft era when highlighting The Top Five Leafs Draft Gems.

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Leafs Trade McKegg to Florida for Hyman, Conditional Draft Pick

Shawn Reis
June 19 2015 02:22PM

Alright, hands up if you had Greg McKegg as the first trade domino to fall this off-season!  No one?

No but seriously, the Leafs have made their first trade of the summer, and I can pretty much guarantee it won't be their last.  Today the team announced they have traded prospect Greg McKegg to the Florida Panthers in exchange for prospect Zach Hyman and a conditional 2017 7th-round pick.

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TLN's Official 2015 Mock Draft

Justin Fisher
June 19 2015 12:13PM

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Welcome to TLN's 2015 Mock Draft - surely the best mock draft on the internet. Last week, five of our writers came up with our consensus Top 30 Draft Prospects in this month's NHL Draft. This week, those same five wannabe GMs took over the draft tables of the entire league, and called the shots as they saw fit. 

The rules were simple: Ryan won our draft lottery, so he would pick first. Jon would follow, then Bobby, myself and Shawn. After five picks we'd run through the order again, each of us taking control of the team that happened to be picking at the time. We then had to give a brief explanation as to why we drafted who we drafted, and we suspect that Jon did a lot of copy/pasting.

You're going to love our mock draft below. You're also probably going to hate it at times as well. Either way, let us know how right and/or wrong we are in the comments below.

And without further delay, the Edmonton Oilers are on the clock...

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Friedman: I do believe the Maple Leafs would be very interested (in Ryan O'Reilly)

Ryan Fancey
June 19 2015 08:08AM

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman joined 590 this morning to talk about the Avalanche and their ongoing situation with Ryan O'Reilly, and he believes the Leafs might be a player if things go sour. 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jun 18, 2015 - Babygate

Steve Dangle
June 19 2015 07:23AM

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On this episode, we debate a baby's onesie, the draft, offseason, and more.

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