Dreger on TSN Radio "there hasn't been any contact with the Leafs & Oates. Leafs are respectful that Oates wants to be a head coach"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) May 22, 2014
So Oates is still hoping to nab a head-coaching gig, but if that fails to materialize, the Leafs will come calling. Or something.
Would it be a smart move to bring in Oates? Peter Hassett, a Capitals blogger, doesn’t think so, unless he’s only being brought in to handle the power play. Maple Leafs Hot Stove spoke with Hassett about the potential hiring.
We’ve featured a lot of prospect talk in this space, but Peter Prohaska of Hockey’s Future took a more in-depth look at a few different Leafs youngsters as he hands out some hardware. It will be interesting, indeed, to see if Connor Brown’s scoring translates to the American Hockey League next season.
One of those players given an award in that HF piece was Greg McKegg, who’s quietly had a very solid season with the Toronto Marlies. He only had three minutes of ice time in his one game with the Leafs, but many in the organization think he’s a potential top-six forward in the NHL. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star has more on the 21-year-old centre, and a bit on his fellow 2010 draft pick Sam Carrick, another prospect turning heads on the farm.
Those Marlies are in Cedar Park, Texas for the opening game of their Western Conference final series against the Texas Stars tonight at 8:30 Eastern Time. Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation gets you ready for what will surely be the Marlies’ stiffest playoff challenge yet.
I don’t want to give a certain Steve Simmons column more attention than its already received, but SkinnyFish of Pension Plan Puppets wrote a very informative rebuttal to it. If you’re interested in learning new things about hockey analytics or need a refresher, this is your post.