What We Learned From The World Championships

Jeff Veillette
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?

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TLN Monday Mailbag: May 23rd

Jeff Veillette
May 23 2016 10:50AM

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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!

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2016 Draft: Which Swedes Fit The 51% Rule?

Shawn Reis
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.

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Sorting Out The Muddle On Toronto's Defence

DragLikePull
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.

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Because It's The Cap: Toronto Maple Leafs

Shawn Reis
May 22 2016 10:01AM

Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have.

Leafs Twitter has been ablaze in recent weeks about what the best practices for the team would be this summer.  Should the team try to sign Steven Stamkos or not?  Should the team trade up or down with their second first-round pick?  What defensemen should the team go after?  How about the goalies?

I can't give you any definitive answers there, but what I can hope to do is clear the picture up considerably.  In taking a closer look at what the Leafs have both hockey-wise and salary cap-wise, we can begin to better understand what the Leafs both can and should do to help the team not just next year, but even more importantly, in the many years to come.

Let's begin.

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