Report: Maple Leafs offer D.J. Smith assistant coaching gig

Angelo Montilla
June 15 2015 05:36PM

The Maple Leafs may be going to back to the Ontario Hockey League in order to fill one of their vacant assistant coaching positions.

According to Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun, the Maple Leafs have offered Memorial Cup winning coach D.J. Smith a position behind the bench alongside Mike Babcock.

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Monday Mailbag: Who Needs a GM?

Cat Silverman
June 15 2015 12:56PM

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I'm back for another week! Thank you, @Jeffler, for relinquishing the mailbag for a second time to my highly-undeserving clutches. 

Anyways. 

The draft is just under two weeks away, and the Leafs have made it fairly clear that they're totally fine with going into the draft GM-less - so long as they have someone in charge by the start of next season. I think this is a pretty godawful way of approaching the first draft in your umpteenth rebuild, but I'm like many of you - still clinging to the tiniest plausible deniability that Shanahan is incapable of making mistakes. We'll see. 

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First Round Targets: Joel Eriksson Ek

Jon Steitzer
June 15 2015 10:00AM

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He may be Swedish but to me he's all finish.

Disclaimer: I fully admit to having a bias towards any 17 or 18 year old kid who manages to earn a regular shift in one of the European Elite Leagues. That’s one of the reasons why I had Nylander ranked third last year, and that’s why I am falling hard for Joel Eriksson Ek this year.

I will kill any direct comparisons of the two players right now, by saying that Eriksson Ek is not on the same talent level as Nylander. What Eriksson lacks in high end offensive talent, he makes up for with being a center you’d be happy to have on the ice in any situation.

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Draft Numbers: CHL Defensemen and the First Round

Shawn Reis
June 15 2015 08:02AM

I don't know about you, but with the draft less than two weeks away I'm setting my sights fully on where the Leafs' picks are and who they might take with those picks.

Last week I published a trio of articles on what the projection tools have to say about the CHL players in this draft.  Today and over the next couple of days I'm going to look more at some CHL players by the numbers (and some players from other leagues too).  This time what we'll be doing is comparing the point per game and size numbers of the players drafted in a specific part of the draft (e.g. top ten picks) and comparing it with this year's draft class, seeing if we can start to make any predictive assumptions about the quality of a player.

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What would other fans give up for Phil Kessel?

Jeff Veillette
June 14 2015 06:27PM

As the NHL draft approaches, speculation continues to heat up regarding Phil Kessel. The 27-year-old winger has been the cornerstone of this franchise since he was acquired from the Boston Bruins in 2009, but as the team heads in a new direction, they might consider cashing in their biggest asset. But it takes two to make a transaction, which left us wondering; how do fans of other teams feel about adding him to their roster?

We looked at some of the Kessel threads in team-specific subreddits, many of whom pride themselves as "more intelligent" communities, to see how they felt he would fit, and what they would give up.

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