Auston Matthews not guaranteed; still a remote chance that John Chayka attempts a kidnapping.
We had so fun at our last party, that we’ve decided to throw one again! With the picks set in stone as book-enders (1st and 30th), it’s our pleasure to announce that The Leafs Nation will be hosting our first-ever Draft Night party! Here’s what you need to know.
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) May 1, 2016
On April 30th, we convened as a group for the first time in site history, assembling to witness the most nerve-wracking game of the season; the draft lottery. After months and months of watching the Leafs get blessings from the PDO gods to just barely become the 30th seed, we crossed our fingers that 20% odds would lead to 100% elation.
It did. We practically tore the roof off of the place in excitement. Shortly after the card flipped, I came out of hiding with the world’s most makeshift Auston Matthews tee. It was awesome. If you missed it, I feel bad for you. But you can redeem yourself.
With that said, we’re going to do this all over again. There probably isn’t much speculation about who the Leafs are going to pick first (sorry, one person in the comments who still wants Laine), but there’s still a matter of the Pittsburgh pick at 30th that will leave many debating, especially as players begin to rise and fall. Maybe there’s a trade or two? Oh, and hey, we’ll get to see that sweet new sweater for the first time too!
To add further incentive, we’re going to be giving away some sweet NationGear, and might have some other cool giveaways as well. Members of the TLN Staff will be around, and maybe a few other people. Trivia will be played, and maybe we’ll even do a live rendition of the mailbag. One thing’s for sure, though: it’s going to be a ton of fun.
A Time and A Place
We’re not messing with success. Our last arrangement led to Auston Matthews, so we’ll hope this leads to, say, Laine dropping 28 spots. Probably not, but a website can dream. We’ll be back at The Titled Kilt at 38 The Esplanade next Friday night. As mentioned before, The Esplanade is as good of a location as any for a meetup; it’s a five-minute walk from Union Station, meaning that it’s easily accessible via TTC/GO/Via, which is great for those deciding to drink.
We’ll be kicking things off around 6:00 PM, giving plenty of time for you to get your first beverage and some dinner in before the various GM’s begin to thank an everlasting list of people for their opportunity to force a teenager to play for their hockey team.
If you’re interested in coming, make sure to say so on our Facebook Event Page! We went into the last event not knowing who would show up, but if we know there’s a good crowd coming, we might be able to up some ante and make this an even bigger night than the last one!