June 05 2015 07:46PM
The NHL Draft is nearly upon us, but before any names are called out in Florida later this, the 2015 draft class will first assemble in Buffalo for the Combine. They will be poked, prodded, VO2'd and puked. Then a sports psychologist will play mind games with these teenagers and offer them drugs.
Well, ok. Not real drugs. Actually, it's a completely hypothetical situation.
I'm talking about the "Magic Pill" question - the one in which a player is offered a pill that will guarantee them a Calder Trophy, a Stanley Cup, and a fat endorsement deal. The catch? There's a 50/50 chance you will die when you turn 30 years old. I guess it's supposed to measure dedication to the game or something, but actually it's just really, really stupid.
Honestly, why is this question being asked of teenagers? They should save these types of questions for people in their, like 20s or 30s I guess? What trying to say is... here's another TLN Roundtable. Today we asked our TLN staff if they'd take the Magic Pill, and their answers may surprise you.
(Also, we need mandatory staff drug testing, like, yesterday.)
June 05 2015 02:24PM
Saint John Sea Dog Jakub Zboril is the kind of player who looks like he might be falling right in the Leafs' wheelhouse.
When looking at the current Leafs' roster, it's clear from this and upcoming drafts that they need forwards, defense, and according to one Justin Fisher, probably a goaltender.
While it's typically easier to project scoring forwards than defencemen, it doesn't make them any less vital to draft. And unless the Leafs take Noah Hanafin, 4th overall, they could see themselves looking at a defenseman once the 24th pick rolls around.
June 05 2015 10:31AM
Almost as exciting as the draft itself is the release of Bob McKenzie's final draft rankings. While the list is far from the definitive ranking of talent, it is unquestionably the best insight into how NHL teams view the players in the draft class. Bob's track record for being able to identify the top 30 is the best in the biz, and gives us a more definitive group to debate.
June 05 2015 07:26AM
The changes just keep on rolling in for the Leafs this offseason, as it's been reported this morning Steve Staios will leave his post as the team's Manager of Player Development to become the President of the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Scott Pellerin, formerly Staios' assistant, will be promoted to Director of Player Development.
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June 05 2015 06:45AM
Phil Kessel trade destinations, Canucks Markstrom NHL ready, Eddie Lack on the move, who will take Dennis Wideman off Flames hands, learning from Oilers player development, Connor McDavid, Canadian dollars's impact on salary cap, free agent class of 2015, draft prospect profiles and more in this week's Roundup.