April 08 2015 09:16PM
There isn't a non-playoff team out there that's hurt their draft stock more than the Columbus Blue Jackets. To put things in perspective, the Blue Jackets have gone 9-0-1 in their last ten games, and they're still 10 points behind the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. They're a good team that suffered through significant injury problems and fell behind the pack, but my God did they apparently not want a high draft pick. Columbus is legitimately the hottest team in the entire league.
And that's hella good news for a supposed-to-be-tanking Toronto team that's been slowly creeping closer to the Carolina Hurricanes in the standings.
April 08 2015 03:07PM
The American Hockey League announced its all-rookie team this afternoon, and to the surprise of few, included Toronto Marlies forward Connor Brown.
April 08 2015 12:14PM
With his WHL season over, it looks like Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rinat Valiev is ready to make the full jump to pro hockey.
Prospect Rinat Valiev has officially been added to Marlies roster for remainder of season.— Kyle Cicerella (@KyleTheReporter) April 8, 2015
Valiev's Kootenay Ice were eliminated from the WHL playoffs on Monday evening, stretching their series with the Calgary Hitmen to seven games but ultimately failing to make it out of the first round.
April 08 2015 11:00AM
It's another exciting round of the Matt Frattin Bowl! It's also a chance to appreciate which team David Clarkson is a scratch for. It would have been nice to see Dave falling down in a different shade of Blue tonight as it would give the end of the season a more positive feel, instead we'll have the other kind of joy where we pretend he doesn't exist.
The Blue Jackets have been on a nice little run and have been actively doing everything they can to make sure they don't add another promising young player to an already solid young core, and the Leafs, well, the Leafs better lose tonight because I am losing faith that the Hurricanes will ever win another hockey game.
April 08 2015 07:00AM
Evgeny Svechnikov is a big, strong and skilled forward eligible for the 2015 draft. He is ranked No. 15 on the latest Craig Button list and he's rising in many quarters. The young Russian is absolutely a quality prospect.