5 Maple Leafs Players That are Good Enough to Build Around

Ryan Fancey
June 17 2015 09:03AM

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Rumours have been swirling around the Toronto Maple Leafs and their top players since February, and that sort of talk is only going to get louder as we get closer to draft day and the opening of the unrestricted free agent market.

We strongly suspect that Toronto will move out as much of their "core" as possible, and even the vets who are left over after this summer will likely be subject to trade talks leading up to next year's deadline, but after it's all said and done, what will the next core look like?

The Leafs are currently in the tear down and accumulate phase of the Shanaplan, but in the next phase, "the build", I suppose, we should get an idea of who they want to prop up. 

Here are a few players who should be around to see things shake out.

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First Round Targets: Filip Chlapik

Ryan Fancey
June 17 2015 08:00AM

On most prospect rankings, Filip Chlapik isn't even the top draft-eligible on his own team, but he is one of two Charlottetown Islanders - the other being Daniel Sprong - who could be selected in the first round.  

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Chlapik has just finished his first season on this side of the pond, and his production was impressive. He might be a slightly off-the-board pick for the Leafs at 24th, but as a highly-skilled 6'1 center he should have at least caught their attention.

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Leafs Confirm Smith, Hiller, Brewer, and Herring Hirings

Jon Steitzer
June 16 2015 03:25PM

The earlier information from Damien Cox has now been confirmed by the Leafs, and the team now has three new assistant coaches and a new Strength and Conditioning Coach. 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jun 16, 2015 - Deep Dish Threezza

Steve Dangle
June 16 2015 01:34PM


On this episode, the guys go in-depth on the Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks' big win, and what happens now.

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Draft Numbers: CHL Forwards and the First Round

Shawn Reis
June 16 2015 12:59PM

Last time I left you we had just wrapped up talking about the top CHL defensemen of this draft class and what sort of historic comparables they have based on their production, their size, and where they might be drafted.  Today we're going to go through the same exercise, only this time we're looking at the top forwards of this draft class that are coming out of the CHL.

Quick refresher: what we'll be doing is looking at every CHL forward drafted in the top ten, between 11th and 20th, and between 21st and 30th overall since the 2005 draft.  Then we'll be plugging in the top CHL forwards from this year's draft class and seeing what sort of company history puts them in as an attempt at drawing some conclusions about how they might project down the road.  Let's get started:

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