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@TuckerForCompassion The board didn't allow a full tank until they collapsed with the 2014-2015 roster. They were one year off a playoff round with a youngish roster so the board wasn't eager to commit to 3-7 years of complete hopelessness.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Monday Mashup: Connor Brown has 4pt game, Nylander adds goal+assist in Marlies win over Rochester

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@JeffNB The underrating of Hanifin goes hand in hand with an overrating of Strome. Hanifin is the consensus #3 pick, and in a regular draft would be a #1 pick. Strome should be a good player, probably a first line centre, but he's not a lock to be an elite one (though I guess no one is a lock) as some scouts have questioned how high is ceiling is.


4 weeks ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@mtommy Does this mean we can trade Bozak for the #1 pick if teams want immediate rather than future help?


4 weeks ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@deedrag The lottery isn't fixed. I spread an article a few months ago which seems to have been forgotten. Each of the league's team's are represented at the real lottery draw which is conducted by a major accounting firm which would lsoe its credability if it were found out that it fixed lotteries.


4 weeks, 1 day ago on Game 75 Scoring Chances: Panthers 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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It's very important for us that Tampa beat Nashville. If Nashville wins they will be second in the league and lead their conference which really hurts our Nashville draft pick.

1 month ago on GDT: Game 75, Toronto Maple Leafs vs Florida Panthers (7:30pm, TSN)

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@wiski The problem with the Leafs is that they aren't a very good team, not that no one is trying.

1 month ago on Game 74 Scoring Chances: Wild 2 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@mtommy I wasn't around for Wendel/Gilmour era but in a way I wish it hadn't happened. It's created an unrealistic expectation that captains need to fight often to show heart and leadership. Last time Phaneuf fought a guy he was out for a month because he injured his hand.

1 month ago on GDT: Game #73, Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators (7 p.m., HNIC)

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@Zep2 I'd go with Hanifin, if almost every scout has him ranked at 3 that means he is most likely the BPA. Plus, it's not a sure thing that Rielly will turn into a legit 1D, and even if so he will need a partner. Most of our D prospects under Rielly seem like bottom 4 players.

1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #69, Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames (8 p.m., SN)

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With William Nylander playing in the AHL, are we burning a year off his entry level contract? Will he reach UFA status a year earlier?

1 month, 1 week ago on GDT: Game #69, Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames (8 p.m., SN)

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@Yaknowwhat Not to mention all the teenagers and young kids whose only playoff experience was the Bruins collapse.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Game 68 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Sabres 3 (SO)

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@traNsplantEdneWfie All he's saying is that it is a big monetary commitment for MLSE to make. Which it is. Still a good deal. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on GDT: Game #61, Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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@Claymish Hanifin is the first guy I'd want from that group. Him and Rielly would be our top pairing, and we could get a center next year when we're in the running for a bottom 3 pick.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Friedman, Lebrun, Kypreos on Joffrey Lupul rumours

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@Top_Jimmy If you are checking by log-ins, it might have been me. I'm living in Oban, though I'm from Canada.

2 months, 1 week ago on Dave Nonis on Hockey Central at Noon

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@Burn_the_Loov_Boats @Nylanderthal @The Toronto Maple Leaf Buffalo should improve quite a bit next year by virtue of McDavid/Eichel alone, not to mention all the young first rounders they've piled up slowing becoming ready to join/make some sort of impact. I'm not saying playoffs, but 5th-12th last could be possible for them.

2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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Remember with this rebuild that starting next year the top 3 picks are all lottery picks. We could finish dead last for the next 3 years but still land as low as a 4th pick.

2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@wiski @mcloki I guess you don't need to know what a comma is to be a hockey commentator. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 54 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Oilers 1

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@Weekend_at_Berniers Ashton was never given a shot in toronto. He would play about 4-5 minutes with Orr or Smith despite doing well in the OHL.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)

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@wiski @The Toronto Maple Leaf You can give away worse players than Ashton for contract spots. At worst he is a proven scorer for the Marlies whose success helps our prospects.


2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)

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Jesus, that trade was awful. At least try Ashton out for around 10 games at over 8 minutes a night before deciding to trade him ALONG with Broll for a CONDITIONAL 7th rounder. What does that even mean? If they dont both score 20 goeals each no picks at all?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on GDT: Game #53, Toronto Maple Leafs at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m., SNO)

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As great as it would be, we need to stop theorizing that Bettman will rig the lottery for us. I found a post elsewhere explaining how the lottery works - turns out it is legit.

This post is from hfboards:

" all 30 teams have a representative observing the process.


Televising the lottery would be the most boring show on TV.

It's not like the balls have team logos on them.

There are 14 balls (numbered 1-14) and they pick 4 - and then look up the result in a table. There are 1001 possible combinations randomly assigned to the teams based on their lottery odds - the #1 team has 200 combinations (20%), the #2 135 (13.5%), etc. One of the combinations is invalid - if it comes up, they pick again.

The NBA uses the same methodology.

And, when you do multiple lottery picks (like the NBA or the NHL starting in '16) you have to do them in pick order, and then potentially discard/redo subsequent picks if the same team comes up again.

The process is supervised by a major accounting firm (Ernst & Young) and all 30 teams have representatives observing.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/peng...ttery-1.559504

Quote:The actual lottery took place behind a closed-door gathering with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, representatives from the accounting firm Ernst and Young and a representative from each of the 30 teams.

A bunch of Getty Images pics from the 2008 draft lottery:

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/search/events/80538056



2008 NHL Draft Drawing
Credit: Bruce Bennett / Staff

Caption:NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Joe Crotty of Ernst & Young announces the order of balls during the 2008 NHL Draft Drawing on April 7, 2008 at the National Hockey League headquarters in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images for the NHL)"

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: On the Hunt for Picks

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@Burtonboy @nrandreycharles More likely Robidas.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: The Small Victories

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@mtommy No one is giving up either of those in a million years.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Game 51 Scoring Chances: Flyers 1 vs. Maple Leafs 0

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@Anthony Petrielli @The Toronto Maple Leaf @DeclanK Would whether the players are generating or not matter? Or is it all taken within context? 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #49, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SN)

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@DeclanK Now I don't know how to feel. It seems like a must lose game, but we want them to look good for the scouts.


2 months, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #49, New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 p.m., SN)

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If the Leafs can get a first rounder make the trade ASAP. It's a strong draft and they will probably finish in the 10-20 range.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Mashup: Back At It vs. Devils

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@Cameron19 I would try and sell Franson ASAP for that reason, though I imagine other teams might want to see what Franson looks like without Phaneuf now that they have the chance before committing.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion

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This isn't much better but I would try

Gardiner - Franson
Rielly - Polak
Percy - Holzer/Granberg

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion

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@DCDC At the same time, you don't want to throw him into the deep end after only one and a half seasons in the NHL.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Tuesday Mashup: Life without Dion

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@ShotgunCharlie I would imagine both would garner 2nd round picks. Might be worth it because of our deficit of 2nd rounders, but they're hard workers and good examples for the prospects who will be joining the team.

3 months ago on Wednesday Mashup: Tank Battles of Ontario

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@Pent_House If a pure center is not available, I'd take a D-man in the 6-10 range. It's far from guaranteed Rielly will be a 1D and even if he is, he will need a 2D to play with.

3 months ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@peterbleafs @The Toronto Maple Leaf I agree that that is the most likely scenerio, I'm just responding to the Oilers' tweet that their first was up for grabs for a young player further along the developmental road.

3 months ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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Here is what we know about the Oilers situation (though I bet you they end up keeping it)

- The Oilers want young players who are further along in their development.
- They will most likely want two-way players, as they have enough one dimensional offensive players.
- Their greatest weaknesses are at C and G.
- It's going to take a lot to get that #1 pick.

As pointed earlier, Rielly may be too young to be considered. In which case I would offer Kadri, Bernier, and either Gardiner or Franson. Keep our first overall. I would rather keep Kadri than JVR, but like I mentioned, I think they would be hoping for a more well rounded player.

Only problem is, how much better does this make Edmonton? Could they go from bottom 3 pick to top 10 pick?

3 months ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@wendelsfist @philthethrill Not nearly enough. We're talking getting a franchise centre back, You'd need tobe trading a potential all star.

3 months ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@philthethrill Rielly + Beiner for their first might work, but still probably under the asking price.

3 months ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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@philthethrill I would trade Rielly for their pick.

3 months ago on Game 47 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs. Maple Leafs 1

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Thank you very much for putting this together, it's a great resource and I am looking forward to seeing it updated! I am very encouraged by seeing Loov towards the top - do you see him as having a higher ceiling than Percy? Furthermore, is Finn still looking like a future Top 4 NHLer? His stock seems to have dropped quite a bit. Also, great to see how Brown has been doing this year. I wonder if Granberg is still in the picture after being so hyped two summers ago.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leafs Prospect Rankings – End of 2014

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If we can somehow find a way to move Robidas, and the cap goes up to around 72,000,000 we should be able to keep Franson while making room for Percy. I doubt we can move Robidas, however, which will be a big problem as we start to get a log jam of young D ready to start coming up over the next two years.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Flames and Wings This Week

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Oof, Stuart Percy is -10 with no points.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Mashup: Flames and Wings This Week

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So what is the nature of Percy and Granberg's injuries? How long are they out for?

5 months ago on Tuesday Mashup: Quinn tributes, Lupul and Booth set to return, Holzer recalled

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Also, good on Clarkson. Still a bad contract, but at least it is not an abyss.

5 months ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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"Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, for what it’s worth, was scathing when it came to his team’s effort tonight: “We executed like it was the first day of training camp.”

I think it is important to remember this, as the Bruins' coach offered a similar sentiment after our game against them. Perhaps the Lightning thought they could take the night off against the stumbling Leafs?

Nonetheless, it was a good effort, but its all about consistency. 

13 minutes for Kadri? 5 for Leivo? Reflects poorly on coaching. Even if we are not concerned with getting better short term (for purposes of picks) changing coaches would certainly help from a long term development standpoint.

5 months ago on Game Review: Game #20, Maple Leafs 5 vs. Lightning 2

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@KingTon @TorontoMapleLeafs Just looked at that site, it is full of people who jumped ship from here. I liked quite a few of the guys, but its a lot of off-topic conversation over there which this site worked to move on from. It's too bad they left, but to be honest I'm glad all that off-topic conversation is gone from here.

5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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(I do not count Gauthier as he is projecting to be more of a 3/4C)

5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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I'd be interested to see a rough tally of who is hoping the Leafs finish in the bottom 5 or 7, and who is hoping for a playoff spot?
This isn't just in reaction to the last two games, I don't think this team can have any meaningful success and if a bottom spot ensures another high draft pick and a roster shake up I would opt for that rather than continuing to move horizontally. 
We have Rielly and Nylander, now we need to surround them with a strong two-way center to round out a potential core that can compete in a few years.

5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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Are there any websites that track the Corsi and PDO percentages of teams across the league? I'm just looking to see how the teams are ranked in this regard.


5 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #19, Nashville Predators 9, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

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@dlb Mad @The Toronto Maple Leaf Fair enough. I enjoyed it, I don't watch the Flames so it was useful for explaining their sudden rise and what we can reasonably expect from them. Most of what I've heard about the Flames is just that they compete and score well, so it was new to me.

5 months, 1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Preds in town tonight

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@dlb Mad Wait, why do you feel sorry for him?

5 months, 1 week ago on Tuesday Mashup: Preds in town tonight

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