We Compared Pronman's Top 100 Prospects to the Leafs' Draft Picks

Justin Fisher
May 06 2015 01:02PM

As a Leafs fan, I'm not all that much into playoff hockey. I just can't get interested in something that, you know, doesn't involve me. Personally, I'm more of a draft guy, and that's why I get so excited when ESPN prospect guru Corey Pronman drops Top 100 knowledge on us all. 

Yesterday, Pronman released his list of the Top 100 Prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft [Warning: Paywall]. Year in and year out, it's fantastically detailed and interesting.

While this isn't a mock draft, it's still interesting to see which players are ranked in and around where the Leafs will pick. Currently without a second round pick, Toronto is set to select four times in the first 100 picks, with the fourth overall pick, Nashville's first round pick (that will sit somewhere between 22nd and 24th overall), the 65th pick, and 95th pick.

Let's take a closer look at who Pronman has ranked in those ranges...

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Maple Leafs Job Fair - Mike Futa's Resume

Jon Steitzer
May 06 2015 11:06AM

The Leafs have a couple of key vacancies in the Hockey Operations Department, and we here at TLN are committed to helping the Leafs fill those positions. To speed the process along we’ve asked that applicants CC when they forward their resumes to Brendan Shanahan. The first one we’ve received is from Mike Futa, who is applying on the General Manager position.

Futa is a strong candidate for this role in that he’s spent the past 20 years in progressively more significant roles in hockey. He’s quite new to even the right hand man role, but is coming from what is considered a very deep front office which produced Ron Hextall as a new GM last summer. Futa’s experience/inexperience makes him a strong candidate for the committee approach that Brendan Shanahan has been promoting as the new structure of the Leafs front office. His strong drafting record is his greatest strength as the Leafs prepare for the youth movement.

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Jeff Gorton on the Leafs' radar for GM job

Ryan Fancey
May 06 2015 08:14AM

It's becoming quite clear that Jeff Gorton will be an NHL general manager next season, we just don't know where. In an offseason that should see plenty of front office movement throughout the league, he's one guy who seems to be among the most sought-after, and for good reason. 

The Rangers have been playoff regulars for a while now, contenders more recently, and Gorton is a big reason why, assisting 71-year-old president and GM Glen Sather with building this club and by many accounts doing a lot of the heavy lifting. Teams are already knocking at the door, Sather just isn't letting them in yet. 

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Report: Maple Leafs believed to have reached out to Guy Boucher

Thomas Drance
May 05 2015 07:39PM

When Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan and assistant general manager Kyle Dubas had finished building their hockey analytics and research department this summer, those efforts were thoughtfully dubbed by Sportsnet's Gare Joyce as an effort to construct 'Los Alamos by the Lake'.

If you're building a high tech testing facility on the lakefront equivalent of a dusty mesa, you best be in the market for a suitable Bond villain. And as it turns out the Maple Leafs might be, according to TSN's Darren Dreger:

Guy Boucher is a name we haven't heard in a while. Does he make sense for the Maple Leafs?

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - May 5, 2015 - Iggy

Steve Dangle
May 05 2015 03:50PM


On this episode, Jesse hates puppies, Adam hates Beleskys, and Steve hates Toronto.

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