July 22 2015 05:49PM
On July 22, 2014, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired good hockey people Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin and hired the inexperienced Kyle Dubas. Many bloggers and tweeters praised the move and said it was the beginning of a new era, and showed that Brendan Shanahan was thinking outside the box with the kind of people he was bringing in.
July 22 2015 04:17PM
J.J. Piccinich thrived with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL in his draft year, and the Toronto Maple Leafs noticed it. The club selected the Paramus, New Jersey native 103rd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, snagging the second-highest scoring skater on that year's Youngstown roster in the fourth round.
The plan, ideally, was for Piccinich to continue his development with the Boston University Terriers. He came on board during a miraculous turnaround year for the club, where the Division I school overcame a historically bad season to dominate the NCAA in their 2014-2015 campaign. The following year, Piccinich would then be joined by another of his Youngstown teammates, centre Maxim Letunov - but that's reportedly not going to happen anymore.
Numerous sources indicate BU 96 F JJ Piccinich (TOR 4th rd pick) will sign with OHL's London Knights this season. 6th rd OHL pick in '12— Over The Boards (@OTBPuckWatch) July 22, 2015
July 22 2015 03:45PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Travis Dermott 34th overall at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, dropping in the draft order twice before electing to pick up the Erie Otters blue liner.
Now, he's inked a three year entry level deal - making him the first member of Toronto's 2015 draft class to do so.
July 22 2015 12:43PM
We’ve already heard that Mike Babcock has been hard at work
and using the most of complimentary diner stationery to fill
out the Leafs lineup…
“The Leafs head coach said he had been working on line combinations with Matthias, and without Phil Kessel, and setting expectations for the team as he prepares for this week’s prospects camp in Collingwood.
“You do (line combinations) all summer on a napkin, you watch the first exhibition game and you don’t like what you had on the napkin all summer, and you change it,” Babcock said.”
… but now we have a bit more insight into the logic that is actually going onto those napkins via Ron MacLean:
July 21 2015 10:22PM
On this episode, the guys talk about expansion, the Leafs/Blue Jackets video, Leafs direction, and the recent history of Canadian hip hop.