The Case for Drafting Ivan Provorov

Jon Steitzer
April 30 2015 08:20AM

One of the things about this Making a Case series that we’ve been running on TLN is that it’s been a great opportunity for the writers here to sing the praises of players we’d love to see in the Blue and White. The thing about Provorov is that I’m sure many of us are regarding him as the worst case scenario of this bunch. While he’s certainly not my first choice, or second, or third, or fourth of this group (Friday’s prospect deserves some more consideration than he’s been getting), hopefully I can make enough of a case that in the event he was drafted Toronto can avoid the hysteria we experienced when Morgan Rielly was taken over Filip Forsberg or even better, make the case that the Leafs should move mountains to acquire a second top ten pick.

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Marlies End Winning Streak, Fail To Sweep Griffins

Jeff Veillette
April 29 2015 07:59PM


You didn't think it was going to last forever, did you? While I'm sure the Toronto Marlies would have been happy with never losing a hockey game again, the odds of that weren't exactly in their favour. Pure probability aside, the Grand Rapids Griffins are very good and not the type of team that just gets swept in the first round, regardless of opponent. This was proven tonight, as the nine game winning streak was snapped by a 5-2 defeat.

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The Case for Drafting Dylan Strome

Justin Fisher
April 29 2015 04:46PM

Dylan Strome appears to be the guy that most Leafs fans want to draft this summer. As I wrote this article, the little poll that sits to the right of of this site told me that 58% of TLN readers preferred Strome to Mitch Marner or Noah Nanifin, which is not an insignificant amount of you.

What makes Strome really interesting is that, much like Hanifin, there's no telling if he'll even be available by the time Toronto's fourth overall pick comes up. It's widely believed that Arizona, the owner of the third overall pick, will likely take one of the two, with the Leafs most likely choosing between whoever's left over and Marner.

If Arizona does take Hanifin (or Marner, I guess), here's three very good reasons why the Leafs should be interested in nabbing Strome.

More past the jump...

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Apr 29, 2015 - Dash Cams

Steve Dangle
April 29 2015 02:22PM


On this episode, Steve yells at pedestrians, UFAs, and playoffs!!!

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Marlies Must Remain Focused To Close Out Series

Jeff Veillette
April 29 2015 01:51PM


The Toronto Marlies continue to be full of surprises. At the nineteen game mark of the season, they were the worst team in the American Hockey League and well on their way to being the least successful Leafs affiliate of our generation. They then proceeded to win 35 of their next 57 games to sneak into the playoffs, and are now one game away from potentially sweeping their first round matchup. 

At this point, you can't deny that the team is "for real". Though, with that considered, they're far from invincible, and there are a few reasons need to continue treating themselves as underdogs.

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