TLN’s Full 2015 Leafs Draft Kit

It’s been an exciting couple months at TLN since the season ended, with lots of material to discuss regarding the Leafs’ front office clean-out, major trade rumors, and perhaps most importantly, the draft. In the last few weeks particularly, we’ve put together plenty of articles and rundowns covering the options for the team at fourth overall and twenty-fourth overall, and presented in-depth looks at the numbers for prospects drafted out of the different junior leagues – not just in Canada but worldwide. 

On top of all that we’ve used our research to compile our very own prospect ranking (which we feel is among the best out there) and completed a mock draft. But perhaps the main thing is we’ve covered everything in between: The Strome versus Marner debate, who the Leafs could be targeting, trade-up or trade-down scenarios, and more. 

Because there have been so many words written about everything leading up to this draft, we figured it’d be best to collect as much of this as possible in one place for quick reference. Perhaps you might even see something interesting you missed the first go-around. 

Here’s the full 2015 Leafs Draft Kit from TLN.

The Leafs at Fourth Overall 

Here are the arguments made by our staff for each of the most-talked-about targets in the Leafs’ range for their top pick. 

The Case for Drafting Matthew Barzal

The Case for Drafting Ivan Provorov

The Case for Drafting Dylan Strome

The Case for Drafting Mitch Marner

The Case for Drafting Noah Hanifin

More first round targets

We’ve covered a lot of prospects for the 24th overall selection Toronto received from Nashville in the Franson deal, which might seem like overkill, but keep in mind the Leafs are looking to add to their pick total. Don’t be surprised if they nab more selections that have these prospects within reach.

Filip Chlapik

Joel Eriksson Ek

Colin White

Thomas Novak

Jansen Harkins

Evgeny Svechnikov

Jeremy Roy

Jakub Zboril

Daniel Sprong

Anthony Beauvillier

Jake DeBrusk

Oliver Kylington

Brock Boeser

Brandon Carlo 

Thomas Chabot

Travis Konecny

Nick Merkley

Draft Numbers

Our own Shawn Reis has been doing some great work looking into how prospects from the various feeder leagues compare to past selections, and if there are any conclusions we can make about this year’s class. He’s also been taking a deeper look into finding some prospects who make be overlooked within the CHL.

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USHL Forwards and The First Round

CHL Forwards and The First Round

CHL Defencemen and The First Round

CHL Player Projection Tool Rankings

Scandinavia and The First Round

10 Overlooked CHL Defencemen

10 Overlooked CHL Forwards

Rankings! Mock Drafts!

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When it comes to the draft, here is where we have the most fun. Rankings, mock drafts, comparisons to other rankings and mock drafts. Let’s fight about it.

TLN’s Official 2015 Mock Draft

TLN’s Final Draft Rankings

TLN’s First and Probably Final Mock(ery) Draft

Mock Draft Roundup: The Leafs’ first round selections

The best and worst of the TLN rankings, discussed

Justin’s Draft Book (2014)

Comparing Bob McKenzie’s Draft List to the Leafs’ Picks

A brief history of the Leafs’ current draft positions

We compared The Hockey News’ Top 100 to the Leafs’ picks

We compared Pronman’s Top 100 to the Leafs’ picks

Headlines

This is basically everything in between. We’ve been keeping a close eye on what insiders are saying, what fans are discussing, and tidbits from the Leafs’ front office themselves. And we haven’t been shy about sprinkling in our own opinions on it all either. 

Is Leafs management divided on their top pick?

Marner hoping Hunter takes another chance on him at draft

Leafs showing interest in Mikko Rantanen

Leafs not afraid to move fourth pick at draft

It’s time for the Leafs to draft another goaltender

The big question: Mitch Marner versus Dylan Strome

Why the Leafs trading up at the draft could be a good idea

Why the Leafs trading down at the draft could be a good idea

Leafs doing plenty of homework as draft approaches

Dave Morrisson’s fishing holes

What about goaltending prospects?

Leafs at the draft: Top five busts

Leafs at the draft: Top five gems

Leafs at the draft: Player size

Leafs at the draft: Player age

Enjoy the draft

Yes we’ve had a good time with all this draft coverage. It’s too bad it’ll probably all be useless when the Leafs make fourteen trades and don’t draft one name on our list. But hey, we tried. Have fun watching the draft, folks. Hopefully we’ll get a few things to cheer about.