June 26 2015 06:39PM
With files from Thomas Drance.
It wasn't an easy decision.
Earlier today, it looked like Toronto had narrowed their prime targets down to London's Mitchell Marner and Boston College's Noah Hanifin. On one hand, Director of Player Personnel and former Knight Mark Hunter wanted to reunite himself with Marner. On the other, head coach Mike Babcock preferred that his new club build from the blueline out with Hanifin. More from the Globe and Mail's James Mirtle...
Some in Leafs management like pint-sized London Knights forward Mitch Marner. Others are fans of big Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin.
The two players have completely different skill sets, backgrounds and development curves, so weighing the pros and cons gets complicated. And members of the Leafs’ four-headed management team all have different ideas about what kind of player is most vital to a team that’s rebuilding.
Ultimately, the Leafs went with the winger.
June 26 2015 05:38PM
Screen cap courtesy NHL.com
It looks like Mark Hunter got his guy.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted London Knights forward Mitchell Marner with the 4th pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. I imagine he's pretty happy about it.
June 26 2015 03:42PM
Brendan Shanahan and Co. are "preparing for many options" with the 24th pick in the NHL Draft.
The Leafs, who are picking fourth overall, are one of a handful of teams with the luxury of having two picks in the opening round of the draft, which kicks off Friday night in Florida.
Shanahan expects to make a selection at No. 4 (most likely Dylan Strome, Noah Hanifan or Mitch Marner depending how the chips fall with the Arizona Coyotes), but the Leafs president is open to trading the 24th pick in an effort to move up or back in the draft.
June 26 2015 03:15PM
After years of back and forth, the Toronto Maple Leafs have roared back from behind to win the Phil Kessel trade over the Boston Bruins.
As you might remember, former Leafs GM Brian Burke wasn't at all that fond of the long rebuild. That's why, in 2009, Burke sent a 2010 first round pick, a 2010 second round pick and another 2011 first round pick to the Boston Bruins for a 21-year old Phil Kessel.
At the time, it looked suspicious. Toronto didn't have any prospects of note, and could have really used those three picks. A year later, it looked even worse. The Leafs would finish second last that season, and the Bruins would draft an absolute stud in Tyler Seguin (and Jared Knight in the second round). Two years later, when Boston selected Dougie Hamilton with that other first round pick, well... Yeah, it was bad.
And today? Oh man... Not bad at all.
June 26 2015 01:06PM
On this episode, Justin Fisher of theleafsnation.com joins us to preview the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.