Nation Drafts 2015 charity playoff pool update

Thomas Drance
May 02 2015 12:35PM


The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?

We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition! 

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TLN Roundtable - Is Babcock The Guy?

Justin Fisher
May 01 2015 05:11PM

It's not often that one of the most well-respected coaches in professional hockey becomes a free agent, but here we are.

Mike Babcock's Detroit Red Wings were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL playoffs, and he's now free to leave the organization and sign on with pretty much anyone he'd like. A Stanley Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold winner, Babcock will have the luxury of picking and choosing the right situation for him and his family; likely one where he'll be able to continue his winning ways rather quickly. A lot of people think that'll be Edmonton, which is kind of hilarious, but the Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers are also looking for a bench boss. And hey, so are the Leafs.

They aren't necessarily on the cusp of success, but Toronto has the deepest pockets in the league and can also offer Babcock something he likely won't get elsewhere - control over the roster. While the Leafs might be a good fit for Babcock though, is he really the right guy for the Leafs?

Our TLN Roundtable has their say in the matter below...

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End of the Lindstrom Era

Jon Steitzer
May 01 2015 02:24PM

Like so many of us, I have been waiting for the other shoe to drop, and to see the exodus of Leafs players begin. Today is has started as Joakim Lindstrom has left Toronto so he can go global and take his talents to St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL.

Lindstrom leaves behind a proud legacy as a Leaf. He taught us that you can't just get a late round draft pick for Olli Jokinen, you've got to take back a player that the GM forgot to put on waivers the previous day.

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Babcock Speculation Wheels Begin Motion

Jeff Veillette
May 01 2015 11:23AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are lacking a head coach. Oh, and a few assistants. A general manager too, and several sc...okay, there are so few people remaining that a certain former TheLeafsNation dot com writer is probably near the top of the food chain right now. It's very clear that of these roles, the head coaching position is the biggest void, but this won't turn into a multi-horse race until the Triple Crown prize is off the market.

Of course, I'm referring to Mike Babcock. Now that Detroit's season is done, there's a bit of speculation swirling as to where his future lies.

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The Case for Drafting Mathew Barzal

Shawn Reis
May 01 2015 09:00AM

When it comes to talking about which player the Leafs should draft with the 4th overall pick this June, most of the debate has centered around three players: Noah Hanifin, Mitchell Marner, and Dylan Strome.  These guys above all else serve as the consensus for who the Leafs logically should add to their organization.  And while it's maybe a little unlikely that someone outside of this group gets drafted by Toronto at 4, there's certainly a case to be made in favor of someone else.  After all, most of the guys projected in this range are considered to have similar upside.  Maybe the guys beneath Hanifin, Marner, and Strome are considered a little bit less of a sure thing, but if the upside is the same then other players deserve to be a part of the conversation as well.  Yesterday we talked about Ivan Provorov as one of the guys who might belong in that mix.  Today, we'll be talking about another player that is making a strong case to be considered among the draft's elite: Mathew Barzal.

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