A bit of an oldie, but here’s a good sitdown with new Leaf Taylor Beck below talking about his hockey background and his game.

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Monday Links:

  • Staff: Taylor Beck signs one-year deal with Leafs (
    The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed forward Taylor Beck to a one-year contract. Beck was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with the Nashville Predators yesterday in exchange for forward Jamie Devane. Last season, the St. Catharines, Ontario native collected 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 62 regular season games with the Predators and also skated in five post-season games. The 24-year-old was selected by Nashville in the third round (70th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Alex Tran: Maple Leafs 2015 Draft Review — Part 2 (MLHS)
    This is a very interesting one – the traditional mantra among scouts is that it’s always better to pay a bit of a premium in order to get “your guy”. We know that the draft is a bit of a crapshoot but even still, the humanistic nature of scouting means there is a predication to fall in love with and overvalue a particular player. As a result, the value required to trade up often outweighs the upside in selecting a few spots higher in the draft, which has been demonstrated time and time again in the cumulative draft research.
  • Staff: Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Taylor Beck from Nashville (MLHS)
    Beck had elected for arbitration, which is likely the reason for the Predators essentially giving him away to the Maple Leafs (in exchange for former 3rd round pick Jamie Devane, who, at age 24 and with 16 career pro points to his name, was arguably worth negative one Standard Player Contract spot at this point).
  • Cat Silverman: Taylor Beck Added to Toronto Maple Leafs Corps (Today’s Slapshot)
    For Toronto, Beck is obviously a decent add that has long-term upside. Where a player like Mark Arcobello, P.A. Parenteau,Nick Spaling, or Daniel Winnik are likely either at the prime of their careers or on the decline, Beck is only twenty-four. He’s got another season, maybe even two, before he likely displays his maximum production — so if he was able to provide sixteen points in a depth role for Nashville last season, there’s plenty of reason to believe he can top that next year in Toronto.
  • Phyllis Kessel & Achariya: Rule 63 and NHL media coverage (PPP)
    A recent study by Cheryl Cooky, Michael Messner and Michaela Musto found that despite the considerable gains that women have achieved as athletes in recent decades, you probably wouldn’t notice if you were watching sports news.
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