Maple Leafs win 2016 NHL Draft Lottery!!!


Photo Credit: John E. Solkowski

Toronto vs. Everybody. Bring it.

For the first time in most of our lifetimes, it seems like Lady Luck is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. On Saturday night the Toronto Maple Leafs got the sort of break they’ve spent years waiting for, winning the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery. Barring something extraordinarily unexpected, Auston Matthews will be wearing the blue and white next fall. 

How much of a game changer is this draft lottery win? Well consider that Views dropped on Friday, the Maple Leafs won the draft lottery on Saturday and now you certainly have to like the Toronto Raptors’ chances in Game 7 on Sunday night. And you wouldn’t have said that a couple of hours ago…

  • Gary Empey

    My that was nerve-racking to watch. Wow!!!! First pick overall.

    @ Harold Ballard…. The Peg picking second could put some pressure on Matthews and Laine now.

  • Masma

    I still wish we would have won the lottery last year instead. there’s no comparing this year and last. still tanking worked ,I bet next year we get another top 3 pick

  • FlareKnight

    This is such a good moment. I thought it was just hopeless, that we were just doomed to 4th. But here we are. Freaking Austin Matthews.

    The hockey gods actually came through!

    This is incredible. We now have the chance to draft an elite #1 center. That is a huge piece of the puzzle.

    • Gary Empey

      “A high octane dynamo that thrives under the microscope, Auston Matthews is a complete offensive forward who consistently boasts quick hands, feet, and thinking at both ends of the ice. Naturally nimble skater that accelerates to top speed very quickly. An unwavering focus on fine tuning elements of his own game facilitates confidence and competence in his young, but mature, mind. Prolific goal scoring ability and doesn’t wait for opportunities to show themselves. He makes his own luck, so to speak, maximizing the use of his body and stick to gain leverage against the toughest of opponents. All-in-all, a generational talent that has the potential to develop into a top flight franchise center.” (EliteProspects)

      • Masma

        “A high octane dynamo that thrives under the microscope, Auston Matthews is a complete offensive forward who consistently boasts quick hands, feet, and thinking at both ends of the ice. Naturally nimble skater that accelerates to top speed very quickly. An unwavering focus on fine tuning elements of his own game facilitates confidence and competence in his young, but mature, mind. Prolific goal scoring ability and doesn’t wait for opportunities to show themselves. He makes his own luck, so to speak, maximizing the use of his body and stick to gain leverage against the toughest of opponents. All-in-all, a generational talent that has the potential to develop into a top flight franchise center.” (EliteProspects)

        well i’m sure glad all-in-all he is a generational talent , every year there seems to be one so how does he compare to Crosby or McDavid?

  • Harold Ballard

    So…..

    van Riemsdyk—Matthews—Parenteau

    Michaelk—Kadri—Hyman

    Soshnikov—Nylander—Brown

    Lupul—Bozak—Grabner

    Rielly—Zaitsev

    Gardiner—Marincin

    Corrado—Carrick

    Bernier

    Sparks

    • Shawn Reis

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    • Harold Ballard

      No offense Harold Ballard but your lineup is lacking… especially someone named Komarov & Marner & Hunwick

      JVR – Matthews – Parenteau

      Komarov – Kadri – Hyman

      Shoshnikov – Nylander – Marner

      Laich – Bozak – Brown

      (Greening)

      Hunwick – Reilly

      Gardiner – Zaitsev

      C. Carrick – Marincin

      (Corrado)

  • giproc

    Not worried about the mixed emotions at all. The guy admits he was a diehard Yotes fan growing up so of course he was hoping the best for them. I’d expect the same from any Ontario kid who must a shot at being drafting by the home team like Strome and McDavid last year.

    He’ll settle in for the next ten years and help get us to the holy grail. And with Americans like JVR, Gardiner, Carrick, Sparks, etc who all seem to love playing for the Leafs, he’ll fit right in.

  • Brent Wisken

    After the draft lottery process this evening, James Duthie (TSN) interviewed Matthews and asked him what it would be like to play in Toronto. Matthews said it would be “special” to play in Toronto “if they were to choose me”, Toronto is the “hockey mecca” of the world with “one of the best coaches in the league”, and an “exciting place to play”, with “passionate fans”. He said it doesn’t matter to him if he plays in Canada or not, he just wants to play in the NHL, and would be “honoured” to play for any team. He actually came across as very modest and level-headed.

    Link to the TSN video right here:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/matthews-on-possibility-of-joining-maple-leafs%7E860180