Leafs GM Nonis: 'There's a couple of players in the draft that could alter the fortunes of a team'

Thomas Drance
March 19 2015 12:30PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing out the string of a long and painful season.

Losing in the NHL comes with a silver lining though, as this unwatchable iteration of the Maple Leafs is exceedingly likely - the likelihood sits at 69 percent according to sportsclubstats.com - to finish 27th in the league, thereby acquiring a 9.5 percent shot at landing the top overall pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

Landing that top pick and selecting Connor McDavid, a true generational talent, would be a game changer for the Maple Leafs (or any other team). Though to hear Dave Nonis tell it, there are perhaps some other names in this upcoming draft class that could fundamentally alter the trajectory of the franchise as well.

Read on past the jump.

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LGD: Snark Tank

Jon Steitzer
March 19 2015 11:00AM

For the last time this season the Sharks roll into town. That means a couple of things:

1.) Brent Burns and his ol' lady have been thumbin' a ride across this great land of ours, fuelled on nothing but a case of Boones peach wine and a Jethro Tull cassette to get to Toronto.

2.) Since nothing would bring me more joy than seeing the Sharks knock the Jets and Kings out of the playoffs, and to see the Leafs not pick up two points tonight, you can count on a Leafs win. I am sorry for this, but I am destined to not have hockey joy in my life.

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Leafs recall Sam Carrick on an Emergency Basis

Jon Steitzer
March 19 2015 08:38AM

With the injury to Peter Holland, and the four game suspension to Nazem Kadri it seemed like only a matter of time before the Leafs made a recall from the Marlies. And while the prospect of double shifting Zack Sill might have seemed preferable to tank nation, the NHLPA has strict rules about purposely playing a man short, so today the Leafs made their move.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Mar 18, 2015 - With Apologies to Shane

Steve Dangle
March 18 2015 09:39PM

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On this episode, Steve talks about his trip to New York, the Habs, Hamburglar, and more.

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WWYDW - The Call Ups

Justin Fisher
March 18 2015 05:52PM


Now that the Leafs have nothing left to play for, is it time to use some of those post-trade deadline call ups?

There's 11 games left in the season, and since the Leafs have officially been eliminated from playoff contention, the organization might as well start taking a look at some of the minor league players in the system who could potentially be with the big club in 2015-16.

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