May 23 2016 03:05PM
It was a fun couple of weeks, but finally, everybody's favourite step-tournament is over and done with. The 2016 World Championships are over, the Canadian's have gold medals on their chests and somebody in Russia is making anti-American videos to distract from the host team's early exit. Or something.
Oh, and the Leafs had their hands all over this tournament. In that regard, it was a lot of fun. But what did all of them do?
May 23 2016 10:50AM
I just had leftover pizza. I love pizza. It's tasty and informative.
These slices were just tasty, though. That's a shame. Anyway, we had a lot of interesting questions for this week's mailbag. Let's get started!
May 23 2016 09:10AM
With the draft one month away it's time to start ramping up our focus towards it even more.
Most of the talk so far has been surrounding the real top tier players of the draft like Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. But there are six more rounds past the first one, and there are plenty of future NHLers that'll come out of this draft that up until now you've never heard of in your life.
Luckily, we have little tricks to help us try and identify who those players might be.
May 22 2016 12:46PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a problem on defence: They have more players under contract than they have roster spots. On the broad spectrum of problems a hockey team can have, it's not the worst situation to be in. It would be much worse to have too few players and find yourself in a scramble to fill the remaining roster spots. Nevertheless, it's still a problem that needs to be sorted out.
I'm going to do my best to game out what the Leafs defence might look like next season. The team currently has 11 defencemen who played at least one game in the NHL last year and are either still under contract or are restricted free agents. Most of those players would have to pass through waivers to be assigned to the AHL, so the Leafs have some tough choices ahead of them. In addition, they've recently added Nikita Zaitsev. I'm going to look at who we can expect to make the team next season and who might get left out.