2016 NHL Entry Draft Consensus Rankings - May 9, 2016

Shawn Reis
May 09 2016 11:02AM

Jon Steitzer may be moving on from the Nations Network, but his consolidated draft rankings were such a useful little tool for looking at where exactly all of the top prospects stand in the eyes of the scouts that I knew I had to keep the tradition going.  So I made my own.

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Trading Up In The NHL Draft: Is It Worth It?

Shawn Reis
May 01 2016 11:25AM

Hockey Twitter wasted no time getting back to work.

With the first piece to the Leafs 2016 draft puzzle put in place after the team won last night's lottery, attention quickly turned to Toronto's later 1st round pick via Pittsburgh as well as the team's own 2nd round pick which sits firmly at 31st overall.

Specifically, the question was raised about whether or not this was the year it would make sense to trade up from those two spots in order to acquire another higher-end prospect, possibly a defenseman.

My initial instincts were to jump into the argument and tell the people that thought trading up was a good idea that they were wrong.  After all, don't the numbers tell us that it's typically a bad idea?

Don't they?

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2016 Draft-Eligibles to Watch at the World Juniors

Shawn Reis
December 23 2015 09:08AM

With the World Juniors right around the corner, it's about time we start sizing up some of the teams and some of the players.  Today we'll be taking a look not at the Leafs prospects playing in the tournament, but the players that could one day ultimately end up being Leafs prospects.  Let's take a look at the best players in this year's World Juniors eligible for the 2016 draft.

CANADA

Canada is bringing a young roster to the World Juniors this year.  And yet as young as the team is, there's only one player on the roster that's actually draft-eligible: Val d'Or's Julien Gauthier.  The consensus 7th-best player for the upcoming draft as of right now, there's a lot to like about Gauthier's game.  He's 6"4'.  He has 29 goals in 30 games played in the QMJHL so far this season.  He's got 109 shots on goal in those 30 games.  He's got a strong combination of a myriad of different skills: he gets around the ice well for his size, he can handle the puck, he can dish it off to a teammate if that's the right play to make, and yes, he can really wire it.  All of these factors combine to make Gauthier a likely top ten pick next June, and he'll probably be the second Canadian to have his named called at the draft, just after Sarnia's Jakob Chychrun, who was cut during Canada's selection camp process.

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The Leafs' Fenwick and Their Historical Playoff Odds

Shawn Reis
November 25 2014 02:30PM

The Leafs currently sit 23rd in the league with a 47.78% Fenwick and seem to have settled into the 47% range as a season average over the last few games.  It's an improvement on the last couple of seasons and certainly makes their chances of getting into the playoffs better.  But by how much?

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An Early Look At Leafs Player Usage

Shawn Reis
November 11 2014 01:45PM

We're 15 games into the season and we're starting to get a clearer picture of what kind of team the Leafs are.  They sit in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and have a record of 8-5-2.  They have a Corsi of 47.52%.  Guys like Phil Kessel and Leo Komarov have been awesome, while others like Stephane Robidas have not.  For this article, I wanted to take a closer look at one small part of this Leafs team: how Randy Carlyle and the coaching staff are utilizing the players.

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