Category Archives: Prospects
To help us make sense of the craziness of the NHL Draft, Free Agent Signings, Trades and Leafs Development Camp, we bring in Steve Dangle from Sportsnet on episode 2 of the Leafs Lounge Offseason Roundtable. Our hosts David and Aaron also discuss the depth chart of the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs and preview what the opening night rosters might look like this coming season. If you like the video make sure to give it a thumbs up!
By: Aaron Greenfield
As the dust settles from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the focus now shifts to the Draft. Barring any surprises, Brendan Shanahan, Lou Lamoriello and Co. will call out Auston Matthews’ name, making him the first selection at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Once the celebration dies down in Leafs Nation, the Canucks make one more trade that hinders their franchise’s development and the Oilers prove they are still too afraid to trade one of their former first round picks for defensive help, the real question marks will arise: What should the Leafs do with their second 1st round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins? Read Article
As the Toronto Maple Leafs shift their focus to the 2016-17 season a bulk of the discussion will be whether 2015 1st round selection Mitch Marner is ready to take the next step and join the Leafs, rather than play another in junior, where he has nothing left to prove after winning every MVP trophy awarded throughout the OHL and CHL, as well as the Memorial Cup Championship. Another part of that discussion involves Marner’s longterm success in the NHL and how the numbers he scored in junior will translate to the pro level. I looked back at the last eleven CHL MVPs, their points per game and playoff points game in the year they won to try and find a correlation between being named CHL MVP and having longterm NHL success. Here is what I found: Read Article
Is there such a thing as a team winning too much? On this episode, we discuss whether Mike Babcock has made this Leafs too good through certain roster decisions, preventing them from having the best chance at winning the draft lottery. We also discuss if the Penguins recent success will affect where the Leafs’ potential second 1st round pick will be.
We also pick up from last week for part two of our expansion draft protection and end the podcast answering our Twitter question, on who we’d draft if the Leafs pick 4th. Let us know on Twitter who you’d draft if the Leafs pick 4th!
On this episode we go less in depth on recapping the games and the young Marlies call-ups and instead discuss which 2 centres the Leafs should build their team with going forward. We also introduce a new segment of which players we’d protect in the event the NHL has an expansion draft. Have a listen and tell us below or on Twitter which players you’d keep in an expansion draft.
Scott Wheeler from Pension Plan Puppets and Future Considerations joins us to talk about the Leafs best call-up from the Marlies, which prospect should get more attention and who the Leafs should draft with Pittsburgh’s 1st rounder.
Following the Trade Deadline, several Marlies players were called up to the Leafs. We break down the debuts of those Marlies players and preview their play for the following week. We discuss who should be the next captain of the Leafs and discuss whether the Leafs’ prospect pool decreases the need to sign Steven Stamkos.
On the podcast leading up to the Trade Deadline, we break down the trades that have happened and preview the ones that will come in the next week. We also analyze the development strategies of the Leafs prospects in terms of when young players should get promoted to the NHL.
The 2016 World Junior Championship, held in Helsinki, Finland will be the best tournament for Leafs fans in years. With the announcements made this past week that both Finnish forward Kasperi Kapanen and Swedish forward William Nylander will loaned to their respective WJC teams from the Toronto Marlies, an unprecedented five Leafs players will be featured in this year’s tournament. Here’s a look at their teams and what kind of impact we can expect to see from them. Read Article
Unfortunately this is our final podcast of the semester. On this episode, we discuss the Leafs goaltending situation, what’s wrong with the Oilers (including potential trades that might be made with the Leafs) and a preview of the upcoming month of hockey. Also in this episode is a World Junior prospect preview of Leafs prospects who might be playing in the annual tournament.
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