August 11 2016 12:53PM
According to Adrian Dater of Bleacher Report, the Leafs are, along with the Chicago Blackhawks, the two finalists in the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes.
It's been a long and winding road in a saga that's seen the 23-year-old make clear his intentions to test free agency while with Nashville, be traded to Buffalo, and re-affirm his stance.
August 11 2016 08:49AM
"Wait, seriously?" was the cry of a lot of Leafs fans when management leaned into the microphone and selected Yegor Korshkov with the first pick of the 2016 Draft's second day back in June. It wasn't so much that people thought that he couldn't play, but rather that there were others who had scored more and filled more highlight reels over the few months leading to the draft. Not to mention, Korshkov was an overager in his second draft year, leaving many feeling like the Leafs may have jumped the gun.
I felt the same way at the time, and there are probably a few players who were on the board that I would've rather gone after. But once you take a bigger look at Korshkov's skill set and development path, the move makes a bit more sense.
August 10 2016 04:30PM
The sleeping giant has awoken. The Leafs are making moves again, and have finally ended the dog days of summer for hockey news.
...Nah, actually they just hired a scout out of junior hockey. But at this point we'll take it.
It appears Toronto has gone out and made an addition to their amateur scouting staff, bringing aboard Patrick Charbonneau from the QMJHL.
August 10 2016 01:13PM
Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/TSGPhoto.com
There's been a lot of talk about Matt Hunwick on the Leafs side of the internet in the past few days. Part of it comes from an interesting piece on Pension Plan Puppets from Arvind on Morgan Rielly's defensive partners, that largely came to the conclusion that his pairing with Hunwick was a bit of a tire fire. The next day, a post on /r/Leafs questioned the predictive qualities of Dominic Galamini's HERO chart visuals, citing the last two years that show up for Hunwick as proof that there's a lack of consistency.
August 10 2016 06:40AM
Six weeks ago, a lot of people lost their minds over the bevy of picks that the Toronto Maple Leafs made on the draft podium in Buffalo. After all, it wasn't a bunch of skilled, young, often undersized skaters like last year. There were old (relatively speaking) players. Big players. Tough players. Goalies. GOALIES!
There's an aura of wait and see to the whole ordeal. My mindset was that I didn't know, and it was okay.
But if there's one thing I'm pretty sure of, it's that Adam Brooks was the most 2015-like selection of the draft. In fact, the 20-year-old might be their best value pick of the last two drafts, and might have some of the highest upside in the system. Hear me out.