April 21 2016 01:50PM
Not many have seen a climb in their draft stock this season more than Olli Juolevi. When the Finnish defenseman came over to North America to play in the OHL this past summer, scouts knew who he was but not necessarily how good he could be.
April 21 2016 10:24AM
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Nazem Kadri is going to get paid, and paid in a fashion that works out pretty well for both sides. The 25-year-old centre was locked down to a 6-year, $27 million contract last week, a move so shrewd that even Kadri's biggest critics mostly applauded the decision.
But before that all went down, I spent some time wondering what secondary components of his game would be considered valuable to the team. With all the controversy regarding referees "putting away their whistles" and Kadri getting fined for embellishment in early April, I decided to look at the impact that the "pest" side of his game was having on the games themselves.
April 20 2016 02:30PM
It's no secret that I am a big fan of Michael (Mikey) McLeod. Watching the young center play for Mississauga in the second half of his rookie season (2014-15), you could see that this was a player that would be right up near the top of the 2016 NHL draft even though his name was only ever mentioned as a late first rounder.
April 20 2016 01:08PM
Kyle Dubas, Leafs assistant GM and also the General Manager of the Toronto Marlies, met with reporters today ahead of the AHL club's quest to capture a Calder Cup, which begins this weekend.
One of the things Dubas talked about was his future with the Leafs (or, more specifically, whether he has one). After all, he's considered of the brightest young minds in hockey and was already pursued by the Arizona Coyotes for their current GM vacancy.
Here's Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star with all the juicy details:
April 20 2016 12:44PM
The TLN Exit Interviews are still trucking along and today we take a look at three players who made their NHL debuts this season. Arguably all three did better than expected but how much of a future do they have with the Leafs? How many Dubas heads did they earn? These are the important questions we will answer.