First Round Targets: Jake DeBrusk

Jon Steitzer
June 02 2015 10:13AM

Today in our search for the Leafs 24th overall pick we venture off into the fabled Western Canadas to see what mysterious treasure can be unearthed there. Low and behold, there's a hockey league out there! And it's actually a pretty good one too. Maybe we should consider bringing in one of these players for a change? That Morgan Rielly fella worked out well, and we were able to flip Luke Schenn for van Riemsdyk, I think WHL first rounders might be the way to go for this team.

That brings us to Jake DeBrusk. Not only does Jake have the stigma of not being from Ontario, he's got the added pressure of making you realize that he is no way an enforcer, despite his father playing that role in the NHL for many years. Though maybe since Louie played for the London Knights Jake will count as legacy OHL and the Leafs will take a look at one of the more talented goal scorers projected to go in the late first round.

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First Round Targets: Oliver Kylington

Justin Fisher
June 01 2015 06:44PM

Today we'll take a closer look at the first SHL prospect we've covered so far in TLN's First Round Targets series, a league in which the Toronto Maple Leafs have uncovered some serious talent lately. Can Oliver Kylington, the 6'0, 181lb Farjestad defender, be a building block in Toronto's rebuild much in the same way that William Nylander and Andreas Johnson are expected to be? Let's break it down... 

The Numbers

Another prospect that can be found all over the place in pre-draft rankings, some see Kylington as a top flight talent worthy mid-first round pick, while others don't see him as a top thirty prospect. Kylington was ranked as the top European skater at the midterm mark by NHL Central Scouting, but slipped to 6th in their final rankings. Future Considerations has Kylington ranked 38th, while McKeen's recently dropped him all the way down to 46th. ESPN's Corey Pronman has him 15th. There's a good chance that Kylington is still available when Toronto picks 24th overall, but it wouldn't be too crazy if another team reached for him just prior. 

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LFR: Conference Final Recap/Stanley Cup Preview

Steve Dangle
June 01 2015 01:04PM

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The Lightning have arrived and the Blackhawks won't go away. Who will remain?

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jun 1, 2015 - Jason Alexander

Steve Dangle
June 01 2015 12:47PM

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On today's podcast, a Stanley Cup Final preview, the Memorial Cup, and Toronto Maple Leafs: The Movie.

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Let's Get Physical: Leafs Hire Dr. Jeremy Bettle

Jon Steitzer
June 01 2015 10:51AM

It’s go time! The Leafs are continuing on the path to spend any of Bell and Rogers money they can on bringing in the best of the best in areas that the salary cap can’t touch. Today the Leafs hired Dr. Jeremy Bettle for their newly created Director of Sports Science and Performance Role.

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