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The Daily Bites NHL Mock Draft - First Round 2012

The NHL draft will begin on Friday and it is a chance for every team to have some hope about their future.  This draft is very interesting because after Nail Yakupov (the consensus number one pick) there are a plethora of differing opinions among experts and scouts as to where players should be rated.  This makes an exercise like a mock draft very difficult, but also a lot of fun.

I am not considering any potential trades in my mock draft as that is just too difficult to predict.  Seeing as the number one pick is definitely in play I think we are going to see plenty of action at the Consol Energy Center on Friday night.

 

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  Tags: draft, mock+draft, prospects, yakupov

Will the Marlies Success Translate to the Maple Leafs Next Season?

The Toronto Marlies had a great season and although they were swept in the Calder Cup final on the weekend, they had an excellent playoff run as well.  What is most impressive with the Marlies playoff run is that they have done it with a minimal amount of AHL “veterans”.  Other than Mike Zigomanis, the rest of the squad is made up of legitimate NHL prospects.

The Marlies great run is getting Leaf fans thinking about how their success might translate to the big club next year.  There have been some recent cases where AHL success from the previous season appeared to help the NHL clubs with big improvements the following season.  Most recently the Ottawa Senators jumped up 18 points in 2011-12 after their affiliate, Bighamton Senators, won the Calder Cup in 2010-11 and the Montreal Canadiens had a 14 point jump in 2006-07 after the Hamilton Bulldogs won the Calder Cup in 2005-06.

I decided to look back at 18 seasons from 1991-92 to see how NHL teams fared the year after their AHL affiliate played in the Calder Cup finals.  I used difference in points from the previous season as my criteria for judging “improvement” at the NHL level.

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  Tags: ahl, depth+chart, marlies, prospects, toronto

Toronto Maple Leafs Top 25 Prospects

I recently completed a series of articles analyzing the Maple Leafs organizational depth at each position.  After completing that exercise I thought it would take some time to rank the top 25 prospects in the organization and give some projections.  For each player I give their ceiling, a projection and for the top 15 prospects I also give a comparable player.

1.  Jake Gardiner, D
a.  Ceiling – top pair defenseman, Norris trophy candidate
b.  Projection – top four defenseman, 40+ points
c.  Comparable – Dan Boyle

2.  Matt Frattin, F
a.  Ceiling – 30+ goal scorer, All-Star forward
b.  Projection – top six forward, 20-25 goals
c.  Comparable – TJ Oshie

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Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth Chart – Right Wing

This is the final article in a series looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  Thus far I have completed my review of goalies, defensemen, centermen, and left wingers, which leaves us with right wingers to finish things up.  As I stated in my previous articles, most forwards can play multiple positions and often do throughout a season. I will do my best to categorize players as centers, left wingers or right wingers.  For example, I am including Nazem Kadri in the right winger evaluation.  Although Kadri plays center with the AHL Toronto Marlies, he has almost exclusively been a right winger in his stints with the Maple Leafs, which suggests that he will be a winger at the NHL level.

Right Wingers on 2011-12 roster:

Phil Kessel
Clarke McArthur
Matt Frattin
Colby Armstrong

 

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Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth Chart – Left Wing

This is the fourth article in a series looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  Thus far I have completed my review of goalies, defensemen and center icemen in the organization and that leaves us with wingers to round things out.  As I stated in my previous article, most forwards can play multiple positions and often do throughout a season, I will do my best to categorize players as centers, left wingers or right wingers.  For example, I am including Nazem Kadri in the right winger evaluation.  Although Kadri plays center with the AHL Toronto Marlies, he has almost been exclusively a right winger in his stints with the Maple Leafs which suggests that he will be a winger at the NHL level.

Left Wingers on 2011-12 roster:

Joffrey Lupul
Nikolai Kulemin
Mike Brown
Joey Crabb
Jay Rosehill

 

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Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth Chart – Center

This is the third article in a series looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  Thus far I have completed my review of goalies and defensemen and next up will be a look at the organizational depth at the center ice position.  Since most forwards can play multiple positions and often do throughout a season, I will do my best to categorize players as center, right wing or left wing.  For example, I am not including Nazem Kadri in the center evaluation.  Although Kadri plays center with the AHL Toronto Marlies, he has almost been exclusively a winger in his stints with the Maple Leafs which suggests that he will be a winger at the NHL level.

Center’s on 2011-12 roster:

Tyler Bozak
Mikhail Grabovski
Tim Connolly
Matthew Lombardi
David Steckel

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  Tags: center, prospects

Can the Maple Leafs Draw Hope From the Ottawa Senators?

The Ottawa Senators ended the 2010-11 season in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 26th place overall in the NHL and looked to be on track for a painful rebuild.  As they entered this past season they were picked by many analysts to be battling for the first overall pick, not the playoffs.  Well Brian Murray, Eugene Melnyk and the rest of the Senators organization proved everyone wrong by making the playoffs and they were one win away from eliminating the first place NY Rangers in their first round playoff series.

Now that the Toronto Marlies are one win away from the Western Conference Finals in the Calder Cup playoffs, many people are beginning to draw comparisons between last season’s Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs.  But is this a fair comparison?

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  Tags: prospects, toronto+marlies

Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth Chart – Defensemen

I will be posting a series of articles looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  I started the series last week with goaltenders and I am continuing from the net out and going with defensemen next.

Defensemen on 2011-12 roster:

Dion Phaneuf
Carl Gunnarsson
John-Michael Liles
Mike Komisarek
Luke Schenn
Cody Franson (RFA)
Jake Gardiner

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  Tags: defensemen, depth+chart, prospects, toronto

Toronto Maple Leafs Organizational Depth – Goalies

I will be posting a series of articles looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs organizational depth by position.  Brian Burke says that he likes to build his teams from the net out so that is where I will be starting.

Goalies on 2011-12 roster:

James Reimer
Jonas Gustavsson (UFA)

Goaltending was a major issue for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011-12.  The Maple Leafs signed James Reimer to a 3 year deal after a great stint with the big club in 2010-11 and Reimer looked to be the answer in goal for the Leafs.  However, he struggled after suffering a concussion early in the season and never was able to get back on track.  Gustavsson looked very good at times this past season but consistency continues to be his biggest issue.  As he heads into unrestricted free agency we can be fairly certain that he won’t be back with the Maple Leafs for the 2012-13 season.

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  Tags: goalies, prospects

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