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NHL Transactions / Kadri signing with the Flames
« on: Today at 11:44:14 AM »
Let’s gooooo

General NHL News & Views / Yikes
« on: July 20, 2022, 11:02:43 PM »

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Leafs sign Calle Järnkrok 4-yrs 2.1M AAV
« on: July 15, 2022, 04:36:31 PM »

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Leafs bring back Malgin 1-yr 750k
« on: July 13, 2022, 04:17:07 PM »

NHL Transactions / 2022-2023 NHL trades and signings
« on: July 07, 2022, 11:23:32 AM »
Kevin Weekes deleted a tweet about MAF re-signing with MIN

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Ranking Prospects 2022-2023
« on: June 20, 2022, 01:35:22 PM »
PPP: Top 25 under 25
2022/23 Eligible:2022 T25U252021 T25U25
Alex Steeves
Artur Akhtyamov
Auston Matthews
Axel Rindell
Braeden Kressler
Brandon Lisowsky
Chad Krys DNQ
Curtis Douglas
Denis Malgin old
Dennis Hildeby
Dmitri Ovchinnikov
Erik Kallgren old
Filip Kral
Fraser Minten
Ian Scott DNQ - Retired
Joe Miller
Joey Anderson
John Fusco
Joseph Duszak DNQ
Joseph Woll
Kalle Loponen
Kristians Rubins DNQ
Mac Hollowell
Matthew Knies
Max Ellis
Mike Koster
Mikhail Abramov
Mikko Kokkonen
Mitch Marner old
Nicholas Abruzzese
Nicholas Moldenhauer
Nicholas Robertson
Nikita Grebenkin
Nikolai Chebykin
Pavel Gogolev
Pontus Holmberg
Rasmus Sandin
Rodion Amirov Health Exemption
Roni Hirvonen
Ryan O'Connell
Ryan Tverberg
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
Semyon Kizimov
Timothy Liljegren
Topi Niemela
Travis Dermott - traded
Ty Voit
Veeti Miettinen
Vladimir Boblyev who? old
Victor Mete
Vladislav Kara
Vyacheslav Peksa
William Villeneuve
Wyatt Schingoethe

25. Brandon Lisowsky
24. Dennis Hildeby
23. Joseph Woll
22. Ryan Tverberg
21. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
20. Mikhail Abramov
1. Auston Matthews
25. William Villeneuve
24. Brennan Menell traded
23. Artur Akhtyamov
22. Filip Kral
21. Pavel Gogolev
20. Pontus Holmberg
19. Dennis Malgin old
18. Ty Voit
17. Veeti Miettinen
16. Dmitri Ovchinnikov
15. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
14. Joey Anderson
13. Nick Abruzzese
12. Mikko Kokkonen
11. Mikhail Abramov
10. Matthew Knies
9. Travis Dermott traded
8. Roni Hirvonen
7. Topi Niemela
6. Timoth Liljegren
5. Nick Robertson
T3. Rodion Amirov / Rasmus Sandin
2. Mitch Marner old
1. Auston Matthews

Note: This post is a placeholder, as the draft is about to land in a couple of weeks, so there will be some movement on this list of eligibles along with new additions from the draft. It's also Auston Matthews' final season on the T25U25 board so there should be some new drama next season at the top of the board.


TLN Top 20 Prospects (Calder Eligible)
20. Max Ellis
19. William Villeneuve
18. Veeti Miettinen
17. Filip Kral
16. Curtis Douglas
15. Dmitry Ovchinnikov
14. Mikhail Abramov
13. Mikko Kokkonen
12. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
11. Ryan Tverberg
10. Ty Voit
9. Nick Moldenhauer
8. Nick Abbruzzese
7. Pontus Holmberg
6. Alex Steeves
5. Fraser Minten
4. Roni Hirvonen
3. Topi Niemelä
2. Nick Robertson
1. Matt Knies

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2022 NHL Draft Discussion
« on: May 25, 2022, 05:09:21 PM »
Player Name
Draft Year
Fraser Minten
2022 (D-0)
185 lbs
Nicholas Moldenhauer
2022 (D-0)
170 lbs
Dennis Hildeby
2018 (D+2)
234 lbs
Nikita Grebenkin
2019 (D+1)
187 lbs
Brandon Lisowsky
2022 (D-0)
181 lbs

Linked draft pick profiles courtesy of MLHS, Heights/Weights courtesy of EliteProspects

Draft Summaries
Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs Nation
The Athletic (paywall) | Joshua Kloke, Corey Pronman
The Leafs Notebook (MLHS)

- - - -
Original Post

EliteProspects with the various rankings available for public consumption

Draft lands July 7-8 (after the signing bonus day *nudge nudge wink wink*). Leafs pick in rounds 1, 3, 7 so it should be boring…

Ottawa’s 7th overall pick is in play for an immediate impact player.

Curtis Douglas - 3-yr ELC 838k AAV
Max Ellis - 3-yr ELC 838k AAV
Roni Hirvonen - 3-yr ELC 857k AAV
Bobby McMann - 3-yr ELC 763k AAV
Topi Niemela - 3-yr ELC 857k AAV
Mikko Kokkonen - 3-yr ELC 847k AAV
Axel Rindell - 2-yr ELC 839k AAV
Matt Murray - OTT trade (25% retained)
Dennis Hildeby - 3-yr ELC 843k AAV
Ilya Samsonov - 1-yr 1.8M
Nic Aube-Kubel - 1-yr 1M
Adam Gaudette - 1-yr 750k
Victor Mete - 1-yr 750k
Jordie Benn - 1-yr 750k
Calle Järnkrok - 4-yrs 2.1M AAV

Jason Spezza - Special Assistant to the General Manager
Curtis Sanford - Goaltending Coach
Matt Moulson - Pro scout
Viktor Alm - Amateur scout
Chris Borque - Amateur scout
Jill Reiner - Hockey Research & Development analyst
Joe Underwood - Player Development consultant
Tomas Pacina - Development coach (Europe)

Mark Giordano - 2-yr 800k AAV
Kyle Clifford - 2-yr 763k AAV
Timoth Liljegren - 2-yr 1.4M AAV
Denis Malgin - 1-yr 750k
Pierre Engvall - 1-yr 2.25M

TJ Millar
Marian Agyei-Gyamera

Rasmus Sandin

Professional Try-Out
Dylan Ferguson

Promotions or Role/Title changes
Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser --> Assistant General Manager, Player Development
Ryan Hardy --> Assistant General Manager, Minor League Operations
Darryl Metcalf --> Assistant General Manager, Hockey Research & Development
Laurence Gilman --> Governor and Senior Vice President of the Toronto Marlies

Jason Spezza —> retirement
Carter Hutton —> retirement
Petr Mrazek —> CHI trade
Ondrej Kaše —> unqualified —> CAR
Kristians Rubins —> unqualified —> OTT
Joey Duszak —> unqualified
Ian Scott —> unqualified
Chad Krys —> unqualified
Ilya Mikheyev --> UFA VAN
Ilya Lyubushkin --> UFA BUF
Colin Blackwell --> UFA CHI
Brett Seney --> UFA CHI
Michael Hutchinson —> UFA VGK

Jim Paliafito, Sr. Dir. of Player Evaluation --> NYI
Cam Charron (!), R&D analyst
Steve Briere, goaltending coach --> SEA
Greg Harden, Peak performance coach
Charlie King, video analyst
Paul MacLean, demonologist

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Giordano signs 2-year extension 800k AAV
« on: May 22, 2022, 04:02:08 PM »
New thread!

Holy macaroni

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / NICK RITCHIE TRADED
« on: February 19, 2022, 10:39:43 PM »

NHL Transactions / 2022 Trades
« on: February 14, 2022, 12:56:36 PM »
Tyler Toffoli to CGY so he can have a few more games vs VAN
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Montreal got the collection bonus of having all three Pitlicks.

Non-Hockey Chatter / Books
« on: October 14, 2021, 11:39:34 AM »
Do people still read? I can't remember if I already talked about this, but I picked it back up recently.

If you've read the A Song of Ice and Fire series (so far) and/or watch Game of Thrones, I especially recommend Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy (and subsequent trilogies in this universe).

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / F1: The Importance of Forechecking
« on: August 30, 2021, 11:04:23 AM »
As we ramp up into the new season, it's probably a good time to pour one out for ultimate team player, Zach Hyman.

Here's an oldie, but a goodie from Bourne

Here’s one of the biggest points with forechecking: it’s really exhausting – I mean, it’s an all-out sprint – and you never know when it’s going to be worth your while. If you’re beyond a stick length behind the D-man who’s racing back through the D-zone circles to get the puck, you’re creating a turnover a small percentage of the time and that usually involves the other guy messing up pretty bad. Yes, that pressure is often worthwhile because it can force the D-man to make a rushed play, so it’s still worth it to your team, but there’s certainly no guarantee you didn’t just do a meaningless windsprint and burn your legs out for the rest of the shift (of which you only get so many) for absolutely nothing. [...]

That means it takes a certain mindset, a certain type of driven athlete who’s in great condition, who’s willing to just hunt and hunt and hunt relentlessly until they create those turnovers that lead to extra possessions, which lead to goals.

Towards the end of Jack Han's time with the Marlies, he noted a trend in the team's drafting showing up on the ice: a lot of puck possessors (as was Keefe's wont), and suddenly a dearth of puck getter-backers. The big ones had graduated onto the Leafs (and off the Leafs in most cases).

These past seasons of transactions have started to shift the balance back, which I would argue is the correct order of operations. Players that can do goal-stuff with the puck are expensive on the market and it seems wise to develop them in-house, while puck getters are often offensively underrated by their stats (i.e. potential $$) when they're stuck in bottom-6 roles. I have a hard time finding the reference at the moment, but Bourne mentioned on a podcast somewhere that Dubas had asked Lou to pursue Yanni Gourde some years ago while he was toiling in the minors, but was obviously shrugged off (we already had Hyman, Brown, Komarov, Martin, etc.).

In terms of technique and evolution of the art of forechecking, the Leafs preach:
  • Stick on puck: stick gets there before you do, so target the puck
  • Take out the hands: aim the hips into the hands of the opponent trying to corral the puck; here your size is almost irrelevant as a player's body is going to always be bigger and stronger than hands. Taking out the hands means loose puck with your body between the defender and the puck.

Here's someone else's video on Zach Hyman just gaining inside position on everybody.

NHL Transactions / Seth Jones to Chicago
« on: July 23, 2021, 07:02:16 PM »
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Boqvist, 1st and more picks to Columbus. What a haul for them

What the hell for Chicago
Edit: actually it is an eight year extension

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2021 NHL Entry Draft
« on: July 16, 2021, 02:19:17 PM »
One week to go until what might be the messiest NHL entry draft ever.

July 23-24

Draft Rankings can be found consolidated on EliteProspects

And we're off to an inauspicious start

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