The Maple Leafs have been through a lot this past season. That’s why them picking fourth overall in the upcoming June draft is a sigh of relief for the embattled franchise. It would have been great to pick first, second, or third, but the Buds have to play the hand they’re dealt with. That hand includes two first round picks (No. 4 and No. 24.) and six more in the next rounds. It’s not a secret that the Maple Leafs are set to undertake a comprehensive rebuilding project, and that the players they’ll pick on draft day are definitely...
It goes without saying that in terms of the standings, the Leafs are now more concerned with the bottom than the top. The 11-game losing streak settled that hash. In fact, that streak of futility improved Toronto’s chances of finishing the regular season with the worst point-total in the standings, and of course, the team’s chances of getting the first overall draft pick. The Leafs, however, have some well-tenured competition in their race to the cellar of the league standings.
Below we’ll look at three teams and their likelihood of out-losing Toronto at the end of the regular season. All...
After a disappointing end to the season, the Toronto Maples Leafs are looking forward to the future by making some key changes to the team.
The Maple Leafs have had no such luck as other teams who did well earlier on this season, such as the Columbus Blue Jackets, who beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second game of the series.
Similarly, the American Hockey League team, the Toronto Marlies, suffered an unfortunate defeat against the Texas Stars on Monday night, following their previous 5-1 victory against the Stars in game 1 of the Western Conference Final last Friday.
The Marlies had...
Maple Leafs Hot Stove has been tasked with the challenge of submitting (for a blog series soon to be announced at a popular hockey website) a team of eight past or present Maple Leafs who were the best Blue and White representatives of the following countries:
The Rest of The World (i.e. any country not listed here specifically)
Our only criteria is that the player must have played 80 games for the Maple Leafs.
With Brian Leetch disqualified by that criteria, the USA seems to have a lock in Phil Kessel. Czech Republic seems in little doubt with Tomas Kaberle. Picking...
The Maple Leafs have signed 23-year-old left winger Spencer Abbott of the Maine Black Bears, according to reports.
had his best season offensively and was named this week one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award that goes annually to the top player in U.S. college hockey.
Too small to play major junior, Abbott played Junior A with the Hamilton Red Wings. He had a late growth spurt to reach 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. He was an alternate captain on the Black Bears.
Abbottâ€™s offensive numbers rose each year with Maine â€” he led...
In lieu of a mashup this morning, I thought I'd put together the following charts courtesy Â of the line graphics on DailyFaceoff.com. Look these lineups up and down and consider: is the Leafs' scoring depth any worse off? Is their defensive depth really behind? Outside of Pekka Rinne, were any of these goalies that good last season? Based on talent alone, would you be excitedÂ to switch rosters with any of these clubs? Why can't the Leafs use a system that plays to their strengths (or rather, one that helps keep pucks out of the net)?
Nashville Predators (37-20-7, 81 points,...