I’ll admit I’m starting to get tired of writing these opening paragraphs about how close we are getting to draft time, so let’s just get on with this.
The Leafs are taking Auston Matthews tomorrow night with the first overall pick. We’ve discussed him a ton, and even debated that selection for a second or two. We’ve put together our draft rankings, checked in with everyone else’s, and identified plenty of prospects who could make sense for Toronto later down the line. We’ve talked about trading up, trading down, some “diamonds in the rough” and everything in between.
If you’ve left your draft homework to the last minute, here, it’s time to get reading.
Stop worrying and learn to love Auston Matthews
What we learned about Auston Matthews at the World Championships
Auston Matthews scores goals, and plenty of them
Why Auston Matthews is probably already an impact forward
Prospect Watch: Auston Matthews
Why drafting Laine first overall is ridiculous
It’s time to talk about Auston Matthews
Could the Leafs really end up with Laine ahead of Matthews?
Three players the Leafs should consider drafting with the first overall pick
#WayAfterAuston: The Leafs should use a late pick on Golyshev
Five players that could slide at the draft
Five low-risk picks at the draft
Under-the-radar European prospects worth looking at
Analyzing the 2016 goalie class
2016 draft NHLe numbers
Which Swedes fit the 51% rule in the 2016 draft?
With Matthews drafted, Leafs will be able to turn attention to Stamkos immediately
TLN’s final top 30 + 1 rankings
Around the worldwideweb
The PSG Draft Tools 2016 (Platinum Seat Ghosts)
Draft Day Bargains (NHLNumbers)
2016 NHL Mock Draft (NHLNumbers)
BT’s Final Consolidated Draft Rankings (The Bloggers’ Tribune)
How Auston Matthews became hockey’s hottest prospect (Mirtle)
Bob McKenzie’s final top 80 (TSN)