May 28 2015 02:02PM
David Booth hasn't developed into the everyday top-six forward and difference maker that many expected, but when he's healthy, he's still a credible NHL caliber forward and, occasionally, he's even better than that.
The problem for the best Toronto Maple Leafs player of the short-lived Peter Horachek era (talk about damning with faint praise), aside from being a sub-average finisher and a shooting percentage drag, is that he's struggled enormously to stay on the ice.
Durability issues have sabotaged Booth's once promising NHL career, so it makes sense that he'd be trying a new routine this summer to stay limber. Surely it can't hurt for a guy that once pulled his groin on the first drill of training camp to give intensive couples calisthenics a go.
May 28 2015 07:41AM
On TLN, this new feature of #TBT or "Throwback Thursday" as the kids call it, will showcase some of the highlights (and occasionally lowlights) of the Leafs' history.
This week we're taking a look at the Leafs' 6-0 destruction of the Habs in Montreal on February 9th of the 2013 lockout-shortened season. It was the first game I'd ever attended at the Bell Centre, so it definitely holds a special place in my heart.
May 27 2015 07:09PM
It's easy to pick a good hockey player with the fourth overall pick, but as swell guy Kyle Dubas has already told us, the Toronto Maple Leafs need to hit a home run with their 24th overall selection as well. Good teams pick good players when the good players are supposed to be all gone, and the idea is that the Leafs want to be a good team.
We at TLN have already begun prepping you with profiles of players that might be available to Toronto come pick #24 - here's Nick Merkley and Travis Konecny and Thomas Chabot. We'll continue to roll a lot more of these profiles out as the Draft nears, but that doesn't mean you guys have to sit quiet until then.
May 27 2015 12:56PM
There are a lot of good reasons to draft any given player. Usually, a strong scouting department has a good idea of where any given player will fit in their future lineup, and typically looks at a lot of game footage in combination with statistically analysis to determie exactly who they'd like to take.
There are perhaps even more bad reasons to draft a player. Often head-scratchers come in the first round, as a player projected to go later in the draft with often less-than-impressive resumes find their way to a team.
May 27 2015 09:47AM
Matt Beleskey was on a roll this past season and has continued to shoot the lights out in the playoffs, leading many to believe he's getting a boatload of cash as a free agent come July. That may be true, but the Leafs can't even be in the conversation, and need to let another team make that mistake.
This isn't a case of "buyer beware", this is strictly buyer avoid.