May 18 2016 01:57PM
Have you heard? It turns out the Leafs have the first overall pick in this June's NHL draft.
The Leafs will probably take Auston Matthews. Who knows, maybe they'll even take Patrik Laine.
But what if they didn't?
May 18 2016 07:42AM
Trying to establish some sort of value system for draft picks has been the focus of many analytics-focused front offices and independent sports outlets for a little while now. And it's no doubt a worthwhile endeavor that can likely help teams stay disciplined at the draft and avoid letting their gut get the best of them.
But the general takeaway of draft pick value in the NHL is that as you get outside the first few selections, the probability of landing an impact player essentially goes off a cliff, so you might be best off accumulating a few extra lottery tickets in the later rounds and increase your odds that one hits.
May 17 2016 10:25PM
The Marlies win a thriller in Game 7 and get ready to take on Hersey in Round 3!!!
May 17 2016 10:13PM
On today's episode, the guys talk about how dumb it is to doubt Sidney Crosby, Sharks/Blues, the Marlies Game 7 win, and more.
May 17 2016 01:57PM
No matter how many scouting reports are written, pull-ups failed, or VO2 max tests performed, in hockey's big picture, the best predictor of future on-ice performance is simply past performance. This is inarguable.
Sure, some junior hockey players (or prospects in any sport) with staggering amounts of points have come and gone as draft busts over the years, and conversely, players have emerged as pros from humble totals as teenagers. But generally speaking, the guys who put up the numbers have always put up the numbers.
When Mitch Marner heads to the Memorial Cup next weekend he'll likely be putting a final stamp on his junior hockey career. And boy, has he put up the numbers to this point.