Leafs trying to get two elite centers in the prospect pipeline

Ryan Fancey
July 09 2015 11:51AM

In just a few days it seems the problem that's caused the Leafs (and their fans) the most headaches in recent years might be solved. Toronto has apparently gone from having no centers to all the centers. 

Well, maybe not so fast. But they're definitely trying.

The Leafs have had a glaring weakness in their lineup for a while now, and many other teams have fallen in the same boat. Acquiring an elite-level center is nearly impossible it seems, and in the last two summers Toronto has, somewhat oddly, managed to draft two top-notch prospects - Marner and Nylander - who can both play wing and down the middle. Because of their size, however, they've gone on to be projected as wingers at the NHL level by most. But that might have to change.

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How has an organizational shift changed the Leafs prospect camp?

Bobby Cappuccino
July 08 2015 07:11PM

When an organization like the Leafs undergoes a major overhaul from top to bottom, there are big headlines that come with it. The hiring of future management superstar Kyle Dubas. The hiring of one of the best coaches in hockey. Having an exceptional, potentially franchise-altering draft. Trading your best player to change the culture. 

Those are the things that create good PR, that signal to most fans that change is occurring, and it’s for the better. But franchise and culture shock doesn’t stop there. It continues throughout every facet of the organization. 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jul 7, 2015 - Friedgecast

Steve Dangle
July 07 2015 09:27PM


On this episode, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman joins the show to discuss all things hockey, fights with Don Cherry, Mike Babcock, and making it in sports media.

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A Glimpse at the Offensive Numbers of Travis Dermott

Jon Steitzer
July 07 2015 03:13PM

It's been almost a couple of weeks since the draft, and there is little question that it went remarkably well for the Maple Leafs. From the first round right through to the seventh there wasn't a shortage of players drafted with the potential to be a high end player for Toronto. 

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Mike Babcock expects Nazem Kadri to be an 'elite player'

Angelo Montilla
July 07 2015 12:50PM

The ball is in Nazem Kadri's court now.

After a disappointing season, the embattled Maple Leafs forward is getting a fresh start after signing a one-year contract with the club over the weekend. 

No pressure right, Nazem? Not so fast.

During the Maple Leafs' hockey school for minor players on Monday, head coach Mike Babcock told media he expects Kadri to be an "elite player" next season.

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