A summation of Elliotte Friedman’s Leafs-related passages from today’s 30 Thoughts column:
- Friedman’s talked to scouts who wouldn’t be shocked if Damien Cox’s mock draft projection comes true and the Leafs take defenceman Ivan Provorov at number four.
- The Leafs are interested in Kings goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh but may get blocked by Dean Lombardi. Dillabuagh has the past working relationship with Jonathan Bernier and the Kings have had a lot of success developing goalies under him.
- The Leafs are also interested in Tri City goalie coach Lyle Mast as well as Steve Briere (more details on Briere here) in possible goaltending coach/consultant roles.
- Friedman mentions Nashville, Florida as potential Kessel destinations but expresses doubt about the fit at this time.
- Anthony Petrielli: Trading Phil Kessel: On value, timing, and the Maple Leafs rebuild (MLHS)
What the team can’t afford to do is be pressured to move Kessel. He just shot his lowest percentage since his rookie season, and didn’t score 30 goals for the first time since being 20 years old. Articles like this one calling for heads to roll and fans to bring out the pitchforks are the last thing management needs to listen to. If anything, it would make more sense to keep Kessel, have his numbers rebound, and then move him (unless you want to argue it is the beginning of the end for Kessel).
- Alex Tran: Mitch Marner Scouting Report – 2015 NHL Draft (MLHS)
The Leafs have the obvious London Knights connection with the Hunter brothers. For this reason, from the trio of Marner/Strome/Hanifin, Marner is the single player I will be hoping lasts past the Coyotes selection. If the Maple Leafs don’t walk away from the draft with Mitch, that’s perfectly fine – I just want them to have the opportunity to say no because there is no doubt that they’ve done their homework on him.
- Elliotte Friedman: 30 Thoughts — NHL Draft trade chatter building (Sportsnet)
Three separated themselves from the rest: Hanifin, Brandon’s Ivan Provorov and Michigan’s Zach Werenski. Damien has Provorov going fourth to Toronto, and that didn’t come as a shock to a few execs and scouts I asked. Hanifin is fifth to Carolina, Werenski eighth to Columbus.
- Mike Johnston: Maple Leafs won’t hire GM before 2015 NHL Draft (Sportsnet)
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be the only team at the 2015 NHL Draft without a full-time general manger. According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox, the team will not hire a GM before June 26.
- Bob McKenzie: On Kessel, free agents, trades and more (TSN)
Kessel’s limited NTC is believed to include eight teams he can be traded to. Prior to the trade deadline, TSN reported those eight teams were believed to be: Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; Minnesota; Montreal; New York Rangers; Philadelphia; and Pittsburgh.