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69 #Nice Prospects in the Draft

Now that Bob McKenzie has published the definitive list of draft rankings, I can present you with a list that absolutely no one asked for. I assure you what my list lacks in NHL scout opinions, it makes up for in correctness and niceness. If you are looking for a more detailed, rationalized list of…

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Monday Mailbag: Draft Week Edition

It breaks my heart that no one asked about the Max Domi trade and how it affects the Leafs? I was really hoping we’d get to start off the mailbag by laughing at the Habs for continuing to take steps backwards in futile attempt to climb out of the basement. I would have pointed out…

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A Recent History of Transactions By New GMs and Their Results

Hey, did you know the Leafs have a new GM? I can’t remember whether we’ve brought it up on this site before. Anyway, he’s not really new, but he’s new to calling the shots. He’s spent the past couple of years apprenticing under Lou Lamoriello, but I’m willing to wager that there are some different…

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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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Maybe Later: Bulat Shafigullin

Listen, I’m not going to pretend that I spent a whole lot time scouting the Russian leagues all season. There are some really good great people who do that, and I yield to their expertise as much as possible. I will tell you that looking at the stats across all draft eligible players, here’s a…

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Taxes, Cost of Living & Free Agency

There’s a lot that needs to be considered for players approaching free agency, especially unrestricted free agency. After years of having little say over where they will play, this is the first chance to truly call the shots and in a lot cases choose the market that they will retire in, if they are fortunate…

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TSN Trade Bait List: How Does It Affect the Leafs?

Tonight the NHL Playoffs could be done and with it televised hockey until September. Soak it in, enjoy it, but also ask yourself, “how does this affect the Leafs?” How the playoffs ending effects the Leafs is that all of these trade bait, free agent signing, and draft preview posts we’ve been writing will go…

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Maybe Later: Zach Solow

Remember the 2015 draft? The glorious year of swinging for the fences on undersized prospects. In particular, do you remember Adam Brooks? The plucky undersized, overaged center who seems to be adapting to the AHL. Well, here’s his Florida doppelganger, Zach Solow. Who is Zach Solow? Let’s start with the things that immediately drop him…

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Ron Hainsey: Trade or Keep?

There are few topics less exciting on the Leafs than Ron Hainsey, and that’s probably a compliment to Ron Hainsey. When Hainsey was brought in last summer much dust was kicked up over what value he’d bring to the Leafs, and initially Hainsey seemed like he made a lot of people eat their words. Then…