First Round Targets: Thomas Novak

Jon Steitzer
June 11 2015 03:00PM

For the second time in our First Round Target series we visit the bustling metropolis of Waterloo, Iowa. Justin Fisher profiled the Waterloo Blackhawk’s high scoring winger, Brock Boeser, now we’ll take a look at even more all over the board playmaking center, Thomas Novak.

Novak’s committed to the University of Minnesota next season and certainly isn’t a risk for jumping into the NHL right away, so you can count on him attending. He would provide the Leafs with the opportunity to develop a playmaking center through one of the better NCAA hockey programs, and that may be necessary since although he’s highly touted, Novak also looks like he has some areas still in need of development.

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Deep Thoughts by Kyle Dubas: On Being Clutch

Jon Steitzer
June 11 2015 12:50PM

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Not really much of a secret around these parts, but the writers of The Leafs Nation are pretty big fans of Kyle Dubas even though he stole our managing editor away from us. With that it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that when Kyle speaks we are anxious to hear what he has to say.

Today Craig Custance put up a story on whether or not teams can identify clutch players when building their rosters (behind the ESPN insider paywall), while I'm sure you can guess what Kyle's thoughts are on players being clutch, his answers are wonderful and perfect, and it's worth sharing a snippet or two before you go out to become ESPN insiders members to read the rest.

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First Round Targets: Jansen Harkins

Adam Laskaris
June 11 2015 10:57AM

Jansen Harkins is a name that could be applied to both a cop in a made-for-TV movie and a current junior hockey player.

The son of former NHLer Todd Harkins, the Prince George Cougars' centre (and team leading scorer) is currently being projected as a late-first round option.

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Speculation on the Capitals Interest in Kessel

Jon Steitzer
June 11 2015 08:51AM

Not surprisingly after Elliotte Friedman broke the news that the Leafs are actively fielding calls on Phil Kessel we are seeing a influx of Kessel destination speculation. First we had the Predators outed as likely suitors by Friedman, and Bob McKenzie has hinted that the Panthers and Blues may also be interested in revisiting past interest in Kessel. Today we can now add the Washington Capitals to list of teams speculated on, as Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington ponders if the world is read for Ovechkin and Kessel to be on the same team (via Spectors Hockey). 

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Futa and Leafs could still be a match

Ryan Fancey
June 10 2015 06:51PM

If I was a gambler, my money would probably be on Mark Hunter to be the next general manager of the Leafs. Thing is, I'd be betting on an underdog because the odds-on favourite right now appears to be Mike Futa. 

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