May 14 2015 09:58AM
Last night we found out that, with the elimination of the Capitals, the Leafs will own the 24th pick (from Nashville) in the upcoming draft - which will go along nicely with their big selection in the four spot.
But what are the chances of them hauling out two impact players in the first thirty picks? We can only speculate on who they might pick, but we can also go back and see how other teams have fared in these slots over the last few years.
May 13 2015 08:56PM
We finally know where that Nashville Predators first round pick will land.
With this evening's New York Rangers' overtime win over the Washington Capitals, Toronto will hold the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Leafs acquired the pick, along with Olli Jokinen and prospect Brendan Leipsic, when they sent Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville at the deadline.
All in all, 24th overall is not that bad. At best the pick could have dropped as low as 22nd, and at worst it could have been as high as 30th. You can thank the Chicago Blackhawks for eliminating Nashville early.
While we certainly don't know who the Leafs will select with their second of first round picks, you can expect it to be a quality prospect. The 2015 Draft is by all accounts a pretty good and pretty deep draft, but the latter half of the first round will be very difficult to predict.
If you want to get familiar with some of the names that could be called by Toronto with their late first, here are some of the players that several scouting services and networks have ranked 24th on their lists...
May 13 2015 04:10PM
The Leafs' coach and general manager search has been well-documented, but one of the big questions it brings with it is whether they even need to go outside the organization at all - particularly on the manager side.
May 13 2015 01:50PM
Strome or Marner? Marner versus Strome. Hanifin or Marner? Hanifin? Strome? I think we'll go Marner. No, maybe Strome. Gotta like Hanifin.
That's basically the Leafs and their fanbase in summary over the last month or so.
The organization is going to welcome at least one major building block in June, this much we know. There's a great - possibly elite - player on the way in that top pick, but Shanahan and company will want to make sure they're getting the absolute most out of it, and the picks beyond. And apparently they're going above and beyond to maximize their chances of hitting a homerun or two.
May 13 2015 12:00PM
This applicant may or may not have applied to the Leafs for the GM role. It’s entirely possible that we broke into the Canucks Army office and stole this resume from their applicant pool from last season. Their loss may be our gain as we take a look at the Canucks “master negotiator”.