June 09 2015 10:20AM
Two years ago, Mark Hunter took a gamble in the Ontario Hockey League draft by selecting an undersized Mitchell Marner in the opening round.
Marner was five-foot-six and 125 pounds soaking wet. Hunter, however, saw something in Marner, who finished second in OHL scoring this season with 44 goals and 126 points with the London Knights.
Fast-forward two years later, Marner is now hoping the Toronto Maple Leafs interim co-GM will take the same chance on him when the NHL Draft rolls around on June 26.
June 09 2015 07:55AM
At this point it would be sort of shocking if the Leafs were able to hire a general manager prior to the upcoming draft. Instead they'll move along with Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas leading the way, two who appear more than capable of raiding talent from the junior ranks.
However, there are still major trades to be made and free agents to be signed at some point, so maybe another voice in the room is preferred, but it's tough to nail down a timeline according to Shanahan.
June 08 2015 06:31PM
There's a lot of high-scoring, skilled forwards that could be available when the Leafs select 24th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, so selling the idea of drafting a defender might be a difficult one. Still, there are a handful of blueliners who need to strongly considered, and Sherbrooke Phoenix assistant captain Jeremy Roy is one of them.
June 08 2015 03:30PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs were my favorite tire fire this past season, so I actually probably watched more Leafs games than any other team I wasn't covering. So, to give everyone an opportunity to get to know me, my stance on the Leafs, and exactly why we could all use a bit more Swede in our lives, I'm taking over the mailbag this week. Let's take a look at what you threw my way:
June 08 2015 02:00PM
As the draft quickly approaches most of the spotlight is on the players expected to go in the first round of the draft. That's cool and all, but there's still six more rounds and a boatload of players to go after that. Like a lot of you I've watched a lot of the consensus first-round talents this year and feel like I have a pretty good handle on them. The players I know a lot less about are the one's expected to go in the later rounds of the draft.
While I've missed my chance to really go back and watch them, what's cool is that there are now a couple of prospect projection tools (PCS% and The Projection Project) that can at least give me the chance to evaluate players by the numbers. That's where this article comes in.