June 01 2015 06:44PM
Today we'll take a closer look at the first SHL prospect we've covered so far in TLN's First Round Targets series, a league in which the Toronto Maple Leafs have uncovered some serious talent lately. Can Oliver Kylington, the 6'0, 181lb Farjestad defender, be a building block in Toronto's rebuild much in the same way that William Nylander and Andreas Johnson are expected to be? Let's break it down...
Another prospect that can be found all over the place in pre-draft rankings, some see Kylington as a top flight talent worthy mid-first round pick, while others don't see him as a top thirty prospect. Kylington was ranked as the top European skater at the midterm mark by NHL Central Scouting, but slipped to 6th in their final rankings. Future Considerations has Kylington ranked 38th, while McKeen's recently dropped him all the way down to 46th. ESPN's Corey Pronman has him 15th. There's a good chance that Kylington is still available when Toronto picks 24th overall, but it wouldn't be too crazy if another team reached for him just prior.
June 01 2015 01:04PM
June 01 2015 12:47PM
On today's podcast, a Stanley Cup Final preview, the Memorial Cup, and Toronto Maple Leafs: The Movie.
June 01 2015 10:51AM
It’s go time! The Leafs are continuing on the path to spend any of Bell and Rogers money they can on bringing in the best of the best in areas that the salary cap can’t touch. Today the Leafs hired Dr. Jeremy Bettle for their newly created Director of Sports Science and Performance Role.
June 01 2015 07:03AM
A couple weeks ago we heard that the Leafs could be linked to Kelly McCrimmon of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings for a management role. Actually, upon hire, Mike Babcock name-dropped him specifically as one of the best hockey people in the country.
Toronto has now formally interviewed the former CHL Executive of the Year for a spot in their front office group, but they might not be the only NHL team looking to bring him aboard.