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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Breaking down Joe Colborne's season

Cam Charron
June 20 2012 09:03AM

What happened to Joe Colborne in the second half of last year? After 40 games, Colborne had 15 goals and 33 points with the Toronto Marlies. But, February hit. In the second 40 games of the season, including the AHL playoffs, Colborne had just 3 goals and 14 points.

What happened here?

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Leafs Team Needs: Top-Six Winger

JP Nikota
June 20 2012 07:13AM

Dustin Penner is one option Brian Burke should consider carefully.  (Photo from Getty Images)

In 2011-12 the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to rank 10th in the league in Goals For. If I told you that the Leafs' current set of top-six forwards were likely to put together a very similar goal total next year, would you be surprised? Skeptical, even?

Although Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul both saw themselves the beneficiaries of some puck luck this past season, I've got a few numbers that suggest it won't be such a steep dropoff. The table below shows how many goals we might expect from each of the Leafs' top six forwards based on last year's shot totals and their average shooting percentage: 

Admittedly, this is a very rough predictive tool, but if the Leafs' lost a grand total of 5 goals from their top six from this year to last  year, it would only drop them from 10th to 11th overall in scoring. This begs the question: do the Leafs even need another top-six winger?

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Leafs Nation Podcast: Pre-Draft Fretting

Leafs Nation Podcast
June 19 2012 07:52PM

 

Neither Danny nor I are the 'freak out' types. We generally have a positive outlook on the general direction that the Leafs take. (Hey, we're fans - sue us.) But leading up to the draft in Brian Burke's final contract year could make him do a lot of things, and at this point, we know to expect just about anything from Burke.

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