The Leafs Nation big board: Top Defencemen & Goalies

Cam Charron
June 21 2012 08:08AM

(Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

(Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Yesterday we released our "Big Board" at The Leafs Nation to introduce us to all the potential players that Brian Burke will select with the #5 overall pick.

Using the collective analysis of Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus and Craig Button of TSN, I pieced together common things said and written about each prospect, along with what we ought to like and not like about the perceived talents of a hockey player. Defencemen are tough to pin down in any draft year, since the traditional stats we use to judge forwards are thrown out the window in favour of players who can influence possession, play physical or quarterback a powerplay.

Here are TLN's preferred five defencemen ahead of Friday's selection:

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Jake Gardiner joins exclusive company in being named to NHL All-Rookie Team

Danny Gray
June 21 2012 07:23AM


Awkward hug is awkward. Photo Credit-Reuters

The NHL has selected an All-Rookie Team since the 1982-83 season. The last Leaf to be named was Luke Schenn in 2008-2009 which feels like an eternity ago. All told 7 Leafs have been named to the All-Rookie team. With his inclusion on this year’s squad Jake Gardiner is joining some exclusive, and surprising company.

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Mikhail Grigorenko: Why Is He Falling?

Andrey Osadchenko
June 20 2012 09:27PM

Once Nail Yakupov’s arch-rival for being considered the 2012 top prospect, Mikhail Grigorenko now finds himself dropping out of top-10 in almost every mock draft he’s unfortunate enough to take a look at. While some complain about his work ethic, others bring up the rumor about his alleged age-forging issue.

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The Leafs Nation big board

Cam Charron
June 20 2012 02:57PM

Far from it on us to mock up a 60-deep list of potential draftees, but I'm thinking that there's enough information available to us on the top guys to make a solid list for who would be available at pick number five.

Depending on whether you want a forward or a defenceman, below I've merged our own Leafs Nation consensus rankings with my own observation in an attempt to give us a general picture of who will go where.

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Poaching the Penguins D

Danny Gray
June 20 2012 11:06AM

I know at times it seemed like Fleury was playing for the other team, but this is a bit much-AP

As per everyone in the Hockey Universe Ray Shero has stated that the Penguins are not looking at moving Jordan Staal right now, but are looking to move a defenseman. The Leafs are in the market for a Top 4 D, is there anyone on the Penguins the Leafs should consider poaching? 

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