Futa and Leafs could still be a match

Ryan Fancey
June 10 2015 06:51PM

If I was a gambler, my money would probably be on Mark Hunter to be the next general manager of the Leafs. Thing is, I'd be betting on an underdog because the odds-on favourite right now appears to be Mike Futa. 

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Draft Numbers: CHL Player Projection Tool Rankings

Shawn Reis
June 10 2015 12:25PM

Over the last couple of days we here at TLN have been using PCS% and The Projection Project to try and identify CHL players that may be overlooked leading up to the draft relative to where they are ranked.  Today we're going to show you the full list of projection tool rankings.  In these tables will be not just the players that might be overlooked, but the projection numbers of every single CHL forward and defenseman ranked by NHL Central Scouting.

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Report: Kris Knoblauch Interviews With Marlies, Leafs, and Griffins

Cat Silverman
June 10 2015 10:58AM

Kris Knoblauch is first thought of by fans as the bench boss in charge of Connor McDavid's Erie Otters, but the 36 year old Saskatchewan native has coached an entire slew of top-ranked NHL prospects since stepping behind the bench of his first CHL club in 2010 - including both Max and Sam Reinhart, New York Rangers netminding prospect Mackenzie Skapski, and 2015 Draft eligible Dylan Strome. 

Now, he's looking to move up to the pro level... 

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Top-10 UFA countdown: #8 - Martin St. Louis

Thomas Drance
June 10 2015 09:00AM

Photo Credit: Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

Over the course of Martin St. Louis' Hall of Fame worthy career the 5-foot-8 winger has won a Hart Trophy, a Stanley Cup, an Olympic Gold Medal and two Art Ross trophies (including one as a 37-year-old). His resume is beyond reproach. 

Built like a bumper car, St. Louis has accomplished everything a hockey player can accomplish. And as much as hockey's trend watchers are fawning over undersized players now, St. Louis has been doing Tyler Johnson-like things for more than a decade. So how can a future Hall of Fame immortal find himself ranked eighth on our countdown of the top unrestricted free agents? 

It's simple really: age catches up to everyone, even the best among us, and St. Louis will turn 40 this month. Thanks to a variety of advances in the field of human performance, players are remaining effective for longer, and no one doubts St. Louis' work ethic or ability to be an outlier, but St. Louis' advancing age combined with his least productive offensive season in 13 years is sure to dampen the enthusiasm with which he's pursued on the free agent market this summer. 

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Kessel versus Phaneuf

Ryan Fancey
June 10 2015 08:03AM

With their new supposed scorched earth approach this summer and the "Shanaplan" set to take action over the next few years, most of the discussion around the Leafs since the end of this past season has been focusing on two easy targets: the team's highest-paid forward and highest-paid defenseman. 

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