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Things should pick up for the NHL and the Leafs this week

With the exception of the coaching carousel, there hasn’t been a lot of news out the NHL throughout June. That’s probably the way the NHL likes it, but for those of us ready to embrace the full force of the offseason, a little news here and there would have been nice. All of that seems…

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Artur Akhtyamov is in Toronto, but that doesn’t mean a signing is imminent

You know it’s June because we’re scrambling to report on the sighting of a late-round goaltending prospect visiting Toronto with his agent. Keep Calm and Be-Leaf… Toronto meet your goaltending prospect of the future Artur Akhtyamov! #WeAreGoldStar! pic.twitter.com/mxRXY87XCR — Dan Milstein-Hockey (@HockeyAgent1) June 26, 2022 Now, this is wonderfully vague and noncommittal. This could be…

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Ranking the Leafs prospects prior to the draft

One of my favourite things about June is cramming for the NHL Entry Draft like it’s a college final, and I’ve spent the majority of the semester hungover. Whether it will be more or less than the three prospects the Leafs are slated to draft over July 7th and 8th that enter their system, it…

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The recent history of 25th overall draft picks

Let’s start with the fact that whether you pick 25th overall or 20th overall, or 30th overall the story is going to be somewhat the same and teams that scout well, draft well, and those who don’t will select Stuart Percy. The 25th overall pick is just the card the Leafs have been dealt and…

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Looking back at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2018 draft

Over the course of this week, I’ve been looking back at each of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ four draft classes under the tenure of GM Kyle Dubas, reviewing how the selections were viewed at the time, how they have panned out to date, and noting what talent they missed out on (if any) in the…

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Put Alexander Mogilny in the Hockey Hall of Fame already

Leafs legend Alexander Mogilny has been eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame since 2009, but every June comes and goes without the “Call to the Hall”. Some of this is justified: simply better players have become eligible over the years, which has bumped him down the order. But for Mogilny to go…

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Looking back at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2019 draft

Over the course of this week, I’ll be looking back at each of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ four draft classes under the tenure of GM Kyle Dubas, reviewing how the selections were viewed at the time, how they have panned out to date, and noting what talent they missed out on (if any) in the…

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Losing Spencer Carbery would be massive blow to Maple Leafs coaching staff

Bringing in Spencer Carbery was an incredible decision, but could he be leaving the Maple Leafs already? When the 40-year-old was hired by Toronto, there was a problem with their power play. They had one of the top first units in the NHL with Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, John Tavares, William Nylander, and Morgan Rielly,…

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Nick Richard’s 2022 NHL Draft Rankings: Final Edition

We have reached the conclusion of another scouting cycle and the draft is now within sight. With that comes my final ranking for the 2022 NHL Draft, including notes on my top-100 ranked prospects. In terms of what I value most when ranking prospects, pace and hockey sense are paramount. Skill is obviously important but…