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"....after days of lobbying, Maple Leafs president Brenda Shanahan has received permission from..." -from the Sun article earlier lol
"There's not a huge gap between McDavid or Eichel and Hanifin but there is, to start the season anyway, a gap between those top three and everyone else," said one head scout of an NHL team. "(Hanifin) is at a disadvantage simply because he's a defenceman and the other two guys are centres. But (Hanifin) could be Scott Niedermayer. He skates like him."
Hanifin is a shade under 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds. The scouting report says he has world-class wheels, elite offensive skills, can run a power play and use his size effectively to play physically when it's required.
- Bob McKenzie
The one knock against the Eichel video was the arrogance of him already claiming he's 2nd overall... If I'm Tim Murray, and Kane being prone to the "party life" ... I'm going to assume they'll field some calls for their pick.
I wouldn't be surprised at all if they take a package. But that being said, I would make a strong pitch for Eichel.
@mtommy Tim Murray already announced he wanted another blue chip center on top of Reinhart for sure because "success is built down the middle". No way he trades Eichel
@mtommy that video was from a couple months ago
@TorontoMapleLeafs Playoff hockey baby. I found myself smiling at the end. Great to watch some passion.
@Jay31 and Marner at 18 will be even better for us.
@Coldincowtown @Jay31 Marner has got to be the safest pick of the three. Not to say the best. Seems to have largest raw natural skillset - skating, skill, scoring power. Determination and drive -- hard to see him not succeeding in the NHL
Dylan Strome has a potentially higher upside by being a big #1 C, at 6'3'' and almost same PPG as Marner. Yet, if his skating, speed and grit is less than Marner's can't translate to the NHL then he may be less effective than Marner in the end
Hanifin seems to be in the same boat -- higher upside than Marner if he becomes franchise #1 Dman, but has a steeper downside if he just becomes a Bouwmeester/Johnson type of guy
Therefore I have to trust Hunter, Dubas and Shanny to make the right move
Just one thing after another with Eichel. A lot of people saying this is controversial. Just looks like a typical college student at a party with friends.
@sniperstar American Bud light ... he might as well have a glass of water.
@sniperstar but american bud light brings out the unicorn in Jack...
@Jmessih Some guy named Colborne with the assist. smh
@DylanJ @theselfishsloth @Jmessih I dunno about that. He had already bought out Grabbo, let MacA walk, signed Bozak, traded for Bolland, and maxed out the cap by the time he was forced to trade Colborne. That entire summer was Nonis undoing. Still don't get why a guy who was pretty successful as a conservative GM would go and make such drastic moves after making the playoffs.
@HHT They're lucky to have Eichel though I'd still be happy too. Good way to welcome a player
-- Toronto media probably would have went "Leafs miss out on McDavid: Doomed with Eichel"
@DeclanK Thanks Declan. Nice goal by @Snizzbone.
Anyone find highlights from last nights game?
@DeclanK Incredible is the right word. Honestly he sort of reminds me of Backstrom ... would like to see him adapt to C
@DeclanK Thank you
@B_Leaf Mixed feelings but "whatever our management thinks is best"
@FloorHockeyFlopper @TorontoMapleLeafs @B_Leaf Stupid forums and conjecture of course. Talk is Devils willing to move pick for scoring. JVR being from Jersey seems an interesting fit. He's our most valuable asset and will net us more than anybody on the roster. Getting 6th pick and an A prospect doesn't seem out of line considering he's a 30 goal man and his 3 yrs at 4.25.
@B_Leaf Strome. (Arizona takes Marner at #3)
Someday I hope we can develop prospects properly and have them come in at reasonable times. Guys like Stone and Hoffman on Ottawa come seemingly out of nowhere (to non-fans) and produce. Some day we can have that in guys like Johnson, Liepsic and Brown.
@Scotty_8 very astute... these are exactly what these players could be for us.
@Jay31 I made the same prediction lol
@Jay31 Yeah all they have to do is win four in a row ... easy peasy
@Scotty_8 A lot of people made the same prediction. All Montreal does is get 110 points and they're the underdog.
@Jay31 I had Habs in 6. Sens always choke. Just didn't think it would be this bad.