May 27 2015 12:56PM
There are a lot of good reasons to draft any given player. Usually, a strong scouting department has a good idea of where any given player will fit in their future lineup, and typically looks at a lot of game footage in combination with statistically analysis to determie exactly who they'd like to take.
There are perhaps even more bad reasons to draft a player. Often head-scratchers come in the first round, as a player projected to go later in the draft with often less-than-impressive resumes find their way to a team.
May 27 2015 09:47AM
Matt Beleskey was on a roll this past season and has continued to shoot the lights out in the playoffs, leading many to believe he's getting a boatload of cash as a free agent come July. That may be true, but the Leafs can't even be in the conversation, and need to let another team make that mistake.
This isn't a case of "buyer beware", this is strictly buyer avoid.
May 27 2015 08:25AM
The aim of our First Round Targets series is to profile a number of different players that could be options for the Leafs either at 24th overall or at some other point in the draft depending on a few different scenarios. Without further ado, let's turn our focus to the latest subject of this series. Today we profile Thomas Chabot, who along with teammate Jakub Zboril is one of two Saint John Sea Dogs defensemen expected to be taken in the first round of this year's draft.
May 26 2015 05:06PM
May 26 2015 03:00PM
If you turn your head just about anywhere in Toronto right now, you'll see plane wreckage. Or bus wreckage. Or glowing cars. The reality is that they're filming a movie, but in the meantime, it's a heck of a metaphor for just about every Leafs season in the past decade.