TLN's First and Final 2015 NHL Draft Rankings

Ryan Fancey
June 12 2015 10:15AM

We've been getting a lot of texts, emails, and phone calls over the last month or so from people who simply need to know "What does your top thirty look like? You folks have been doing all this research for prospect profiles and such, where are TLN's rankings, huh?"

Well, the wait is over. It's time to tip the hockey world on its head. [Not really. We actually put a lot of thought into these rankings, and they should be a good reference for the draft. I just wanted to sound tough.]

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First Round Targets: Colin White

Justin Fisher
June 12 2015 09:32AM

Colin White shouldn't necessarily be considered a 'safe pick' in the traditional "Frederik Gauthier is going to be an excellent third liner" sense, but that's not going to stop Leafs fans from approaching the Boston College commit with some skepticism. White's a talented guy, but nobody cares about things like defence in the first round! We want lots of flash and pizazz and turning over the puck at the blueline like, all the damn time. 

But seriously though, White's a decent prospect, and he'd make for a fine pick in and around where the Toronto Maple Leafs will be picking in the late first. But does he excite us enough to make it to the shortlist? Let's see...

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TOP-10 UFA COUNTDOWN: #7 - Christian Ehrhoff

Jeff Veillette
June 12 2015 09:00AM

This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

When Christian Ehrhoff signed a ten year contract with the Buffalo Sabres in June of 2011, a lot of people were puzzled, and a little annoyed. Why was the NHL allowing these long-term, front-loaded contracts? Why was a 28 year old signing one that he would theoretically be able to play through? Why, even with the scheme, did such a talented player take so little without testing the market, from a team he became part of just hours before?

Fast forward to today. This would theoretically be the end of year four, but the Sabres are about a year removed from buying out the middle-aged German. Not only that, but the Pittsburgh Penguins, his new team, feel inclined to go with other internal options, meaning Ehrhoff will suit up for his third team in as many years.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
June 12 2015 06:45AM


Kessel trade talks heating up, does Phaneuf move as well, grading Jim Benning's first year as Canucks GM, Flames and Oilers goaltending, a draft party for the ages, Dougie Hamilton offer sheets, and all the draft and free agency news you can handle in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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#TBT: An abridged history of the Leafs' future saviours

Adam Laskaris
June 11 2015 07:47PM

When Mike Babcock was ultimately introduced as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, many pointed to the former Stanley Cup winner and two-time Olympic Gold Medallist as the Leafs' saviour.

Some excited, some wary, and some just wondering how exactly Mike Babcock became a Maple Leaf, you'd better bet that the pressure couldn't be higher for him.

But as a presumed reader of the Toronto media, you've probably heard that line before. There's an odd obsession that one individual person in a team sport should be tasked with bringing the success. Unless you're LeBron James, it's not exactly an easy task to do. Yet the story is almost always the exact same when the new guy comes into town.

All of the following names have been hailed at one time or another the saviour of the Leafs from fans, media, or both. Why is that? What's with this city and this team's weird obsession of finding "the right guy" instead of "the right guys"? 

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