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Monday Mailbag: Pre-Draft Offseason Edition

The Caps have won the Cup, the Marlies are up 3-2 in the AHL, and we still have a couple weeks before the draft comes in and all of that offseason transaction hype begins. So, rumours are still floating around, so it’s time to dig into some offseason questions. Why do people hate William Nylander…

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Top 10 Players Who Deserve A Stanley Cup

This is one of those rare occasions where a team that you don’t cheer for wins a Cup, and you’re really happy about it. Just seeing Ovechkin and Backstrom hoist the Cup together drew a few tears into my eyes, and I barely root for the Capitals. So, I got into the giving spirit, and…

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Leafs Potentially Shopping For a 3rd Line Center

With apologies to everyone who was dead set on Tavares coming to Toronto, it looks like the 3rd line center position will not belong to Nazem Kadri. It also looks as if the plans aren’t to move William Nylander over to the middle anytime soon. Buried in thought 23 on Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts: 23.¬†Pittsburgh…

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Exploring Potential Biases in Prospect Rankings

Introduction Drafting biases in the NHL have been covered for some time now. Understanding them is vital to anybody who intends to improve their drafting success. Removing drafting biases are a great way to find inefficiencies in prospect valuation, and thus to gain an edge on other teams, especially in a league with a salary…

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With the 25th Overall Pick, the Toronto Maple Leafs Select… Bode Wilde?

Who Is Bode Wilde? Probably nobody you need to immediately worry about — it’s not super likely that he’s still on the board when Pick 25 rolls around. Still, that’s what we all said about Liljegren last year, and somehow it happened. Also, Corey Pronman says there are “off ice and conditioning issues” that, while…