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2016 Draft: Which Swedes Fit The 51% Rule?

Embed from Getty Images With the draft one month away it’s time to start ramping up our focus towards it even more. Most of the talk so far has been surrounding the real top tier players of the draft like Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine.  But there are six more rounds past the first one,…

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Because It’s The Cap: Toronto Maple Leafs

Embed from Getty Images Over the next month, we at NHLnumbers are going to be taking a look at where each team in the league currently stands based on what we learned from them last season, and where they realistically can and should go this summer with the resources and cap space they have. Leafs…

WWYDW: Trading The First Overall Pick

Embed from Getty Images Have you heard?  It turns out the Leafs have the first overall pick in this June’s NHL draft. The Leafs will probably take Auston Matthews.  Who knows, maybe they’ll even take Patrik Laine. But what if they didn’t?

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Is Mitch Marner NHL Ready?

Embed from Getty Images Mitch Marner’s dominance has only been highlighted in recent weeks.  Not only was he named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player, but he was also named the OHL’s Playoffs MVP.  Long story short, it’s been not only a dominant year for Marner, but a historic one. And yet, as good as he’s…

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Draft Pick Value and the Leafs’ Stake in the Rest of the Playoffs

Embed from Getty Images There’s at least one former Leaf on each of the four remaining teams in the NHL playoffs.  But the Leafs have a little more stake in what happens the rest of the way than just that. You all know the Leafs own Pittsburgh’s 1st-round pick in this year’s draft courtesy of…

Auston Matthews Met With The Leafs

Embed from Getty Images Auston Matthews and the Leafs are starting to get to know each other. Matthews, the presumptive first overall pick of the Leafs in this June’s draft, told TSN’s Darren Dreger in a one-on-one interview that he met with both Lou Lamoriello and Mark Hunter while in Russia for the World Championships.

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2016 NHL Entry Draft Consensus Rankings – May 9, 2016

Embed from Getty Images Jon Steitzer may be moving on from the Nations Network, but his consolidated draft rankings were such a useful little tool for looking at where exactly all of the top prospects stand in the eyes of the scouts that I knew I had to keep the tradition going.  So I made…

Marner Named OHL’s Most Outstanding Player

Embed from Getty Images When your team wins the first overall pick in the draft it’s easy to forget about the other top prospects in the Leafs organization. Mitch Marner is one of those prospects, who put up an obscene 116 points in 57 games for the London Knights in the OHL this season.  As…

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Trading Up In The NHL Draft: Is It Worth It?

Embed from Getty Images Hockey Twitter wasted no time getting back to work. With the first piece to the Leafs 2016 draft puzzle put in place after the team won last night’s lottery, attention quickly turned to Toronto’s later 1st round pick via Pittsburgh as well as the team’s own 2nd round pick which sits…

Leafs Announce 2016 Rookie Tournament

Embed from Getty Images The Leafs and their young guns are headed to London for the fourth year in a row for their annual pre-training camp rookie tournament.  The club announced today that the teams joining the Leafs in this year’s tournament will be the Montreal Canadians, Ottawa Senators, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Full tournament schedule…

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Is Viktor Loov A Hall Of Fame Defenseman?

Embed from Getty Images One of the challenges of the new era of statistical knowledge in hockey is that there’s just so much damn information out there.  It’s tough to keep up with all of it, and a lot of the time certain data points get glossed over. One of these data points is Viktor…

Kyle Dubas Is Staying With The Leafs

Embed from Getty Images Kyle Dubas, Leafs assistant GM and also the General Manager of the Toronto Marlies, met with reporters today ahead of the AHL club’s quest to capture a Calder Cup, which begins this weekend. One of the things Dubas talked about was his future with the Leafs (or, more specifically, whether he…