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@Ze_theLeafsFan No, it's not safe to say that. In fact, that's not at all what Dubas is saying, sorry. He just listed what players they're considering for the 4th pick. He wasn't listing them in order of what he (or the Leafs) think is best.
8 hours, 34 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker
Assuming they wouldn't part with #5 pick for Kessel straight up.
22 hours, 1 minute ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker
Apparently the Canes wanna get rid of Semin and are considering buying him out. Does anyone know if they're a cash-strapped team? If so, could we feasibly swing a trade of Kessel/JVR for Semin + #5 pick + another pick/prospect?
22 hours, 20 minutes ago on Toronto Maple Leafs’ Kyle Dubas on Brady & Walker
@Cameron19 That '06 draft. Holy shit.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@Leafs_17 @In it to Winnik @vji67 Ahhh shit. Sorry. Yea, it bumps his PPG a little bit, but he stays in the same ranking/place among the other players.
Threw together two quick charts regarding 18 yr olds' production in the AHL (this data goes back 20 years). First chart is 18 year olds that have played at least 20 games. Nylander has the 3rd best PPG in the last 20 years as an 18 year old and 2nd best if you make it at least 30 games played (it would take out Pasternak). Second chart is 19 year olds that have played at least 30 games and the line indicates where Nylander's production (as an 18 year old) falls among those players who were 19 when putting up their respective numbers. I also filtered the list to be recognizable NHL names (to me) as there are some players who did well but were never heard of again. Nylander is among really, really good company producing right below Patrice Bergeron but above Elias, Okposo, F. Forsberg, Tatar, Zibanajed and more. Long story short, Cherry can f*ck right off :)
@Cameron19 @vji67 @GibsonLPStudio @Leafs_17 Amazing how top teams stay at the top by drafting smart even if they don't have Top 10-15 picks. Really, really hope the Leafs get to Detroit's level and stay competitive year after year for decades.
1 day, 23 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@Cameron19 @vji67 @GibsonLPStudio @Leafs_17 He's 4 months older than Nylander and it could be a hot streak but yea. I honestly don't know much about how many junior players are joining their AHL teams (or if they even can).
@Dogger I hear Ritchie is pretty much guaranteed to win several Rocket & Art Ross trophies in his career, while Nylander will struggle to be a 3rd liner on a shitty team. We really messed up our 1st rd pick.
@GibsonLPStudio @Leafs_17 @vji67 Yep, Pasternak is 24 days younger than Nylander. I don't know anyone else off the top of my head.
Marlies Win Pct...Pre-Nylander: 0.436Post-Nylander: 0.622He finishes the regular season as highest PPG rookie in the AHL (>30 gm played). Pretty good work from that kid.
@Leafs_89 I'm no expert on these draft players, but it's interesting that at the beginning of this season Hanifin was seen as the clear #3 pick and considered almost as much of a "franchise" player as McDavid/Eichel. Idk what happened but it seems like either Marner/Strome just played that much better or Hanifin didn't have the best year and now it seems like the #3 status can go to any of Marner/Strome/Hanifin. Weird stuff.
2 days ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@GibsonLPStudio @vji67 @Dogger Idk if he's "officially" the youngest but he has to be one of the youngest for sure.
@GibsonLPStudio @vji67 @Dogger Outpacing Calder contender Filip Forsberg's AHL #s and at a younger age. He's a beaut.
@Dogger Beautiful goal. Said it before and I'll say it again, we should be VERY excited about this kid.
@Cameron19 @vji67 Don't get me wrong, I'm all for that kind of trade too, but I'd just take the rumor with a pretty huge grain of salt.
2 days, 1 hour ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@Cameron19 From what I could tell that rumor came from a Leafs fan who claims he knew someone who was friends with Campbell (or he himself was a friend of Campbell's--forgot which exactly). That's not much of a source imo.
@vinoa @vji67 Don't the worst teams still have the highest odds though? I know they're drawing for slots 1-3 but are they distributing the chances of winning evenly for everyone regardless of standings?
2 days, 5 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Also, Cox might not be totally wrong about the Matthews thing. Without McDavid we have a much better chance of finishing very close to the bottom again next year and getting Matthews who is currently crushing Eichel's, Kane's & Kessel's USDP #s. Call me crazy but I'd rather have Matthews + Marner/Strome/Hanifin than McDavid + a 10-16 pick next year.
@TOHockeyNut @vji67 How do we not take him over Strome then? Younger, better skater, more skilled, played on his team's #1 line facing tougher opposition, outpaced Strome in ppg, etc. Only argument I'm seeing for Strome is that he's "big" and plays C...
2 days, 6 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
How much does Marner being the youngest of our 3 options matter? Does that makes his achievements more impressive?
2 days, 20 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Any informed guesses on who Arizona takes 3rd overall?
@GibsonLPStudio His PPG pace is higher than Filip Forsberg's and he's younger than when Forsberg joined the AHL. We should be pretty excited by this kid :)
2 days, 21 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
Never said we're near a cup. Just that you don't NEED a "generational" talent to win. It helps, but it's not the only method.
For those that need/want to be talked off a ledge, keep in mind that the the last 5 cups have been won by teams without a "generational" talent (aka Crosby). The Leafs have to stay the course and play their cards right for several years and they can turn out like LA or Chicago or Boston. Hang in there guys.
Boston or LA were the only two worse options imo.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Saturday Mashup: NHL Draft Lottery – Connor McDavid or Bust
@king leary Find Subban on the street and slash him with a stick across his hands?
5 days, 1 hour ago on Thursday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs — Round 1 Opening Night 2.0
2 more days till the moment of truth!!!
5 days, 7 hours ago on Wednesday Mashup: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Round 1 – Opening Night
@TorontoMapleLeafs @vji67 Yea, it should be fun either way. As long as we don't mail it in.
@TorontoMapleLeafs @vji67 I live in Chicago so I can only go to the Wolves game.
What are the chances of Nylander (or any of our best young players) being scratched in the last game of the regular season for the Marlies? it'll be the 3rd game in 3 days and we'll most likely have clinched the playoffs by then. i'm wondering whether to spend a bit more and get seats next to the Marlies bench and against the glass...
@Anthony Petrielli @vji67 There must have been drinking involved. That or a simultaneous neck massage to alleviate the pain from shaking your head nonstop.
1 month, 1 week ago on The 25 Controversies (And Counting) Involving The Toronto Maple Leafs & Toronto Media This Season
I literally developed a tension migraine as I read through this. Jesus. We're such a mess. And by "we" I mean the media's treatment of the team.
Ahh, ok. I guess that might work, but is Freddy that good even at the AHL level?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Final (major) rental sold, Bozak rumours pick up
No offense, but in what world is Gauthier a 1C?
@Nylanderthal not sure they have anywhere close to that kind of cap space...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh
@GibsonLPStudio @vji67 Isn't Sekera a UFA? I think Franson is better but I could be wrong.
We should have held onto Franson. We could have potentially gotten a 1st from a playoff bubble team instead of the #1 team in the league.
@nrandreycharles If they got LA's first I'll be so pissed.
@Baddestcat Sure, that changes a lot of stuff, but there's a >90% that we don't get him. So we should make "Plan A" revolve around not getting McDavid.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours
@BPsotka @vji67 Idk. I'm kind of tired of the idea of quick fixes. I think we've taken that route year after year after year. I'm not sure the Buff/Edm route is the best solution but I seriously don't see any way to turn the current Leafs into a TRUE cup contending team with one year of tanking where we get only 1 high draft pick.
@BPsotka @vji67 In which case Kessel suffers and his trade value absolutely tanks after another year or two of this style. If we're adopting an extremely tight, low event playing style then I don't think Kessel ever gets back to his ppg pace. Better to move him sooner than later in that case.
My problem with not trading Kessel is that him + good goaltending can singlehandedly drag us out of the bottom 5 and into the bottom 14. If we're not getting high draft picks for our "rebuild" then I'm not sure the rebuild goes anywhere substantial and we might never escape playoff bubble mediocrity.
@17Forever @Xxxxxnew His first year on the team they finished 2nd to last (iirc)...so they were pretty shitty.
2 months ago on Thursday Mashup: Friedman on Polak, Kessel to Florida, and NTCs
@Jay31 @vji67 If I did that in the streets of Chicago they'd wonder wtf I was smoking. Plus they're a bunch of bandwagoners so hockey doesn't exist until the Hawks are in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
@17Forever @vji67 @zombie27 @Mcost61 Good point about the media. They're legitimately one of the Leafs' worst enemies. Wish there was some way to mitigate their bullshit.
@hometeem @vji67 I know! Who do we have to bribe to make this happen??
@17Forever @vji67 lol