Draft Day! Maple Leafs' gameplan

Cam Charron
June 22 2012 09:03AM

It's Draft Day in a cloudy Pittsburgh, PA. The Toronto Maple Leafs, holders of the No. 5 overall pick, their highest since 2008, don't only have a chance to re-stock the cupboard with two virtual first round picks and a plethora of players available for trade.

Last season, the big moves were made around Draft Day. Philadelphia got rid of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, San Jose dealt Devin Setoguchi for Brent Burns, and Troy Brouwer was sent to Washington.

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Moving Up And Down At The NHL Entry Draft: 2001 – 2011

Jonathan Willis
June 22 2012 08:24AM

What does it cost for a team to move up at the NHL Draft? What can a team gain by moving down?

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2012-2013 Maple Leafs Schedule Announced

Danny Gray
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”.  

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The Leafs Nation big board: Top Forwards

Cam Charron
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:

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The Leafs Nation big board: Top Defencemen & Goalies

Cam Charron
June 21 2012 08:08AM

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(Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

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:

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