The late Pat Burns, widely considered one of the best coaches to ever stand behind the Toronto Maple Leafs’ bench, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday along with five others. Burns is the only coach to win three Jack Adams Awards and also won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils. Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake, Mike Modano and referee Bill McCreary will join Burns at the induction ceremony in Toronto on November 17. Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press has the story.
Bob McKenzie of TSN released his final 2014 NHL Draft rankings on TV and the Internet last night. Surprisingly, Bob ranked Nick Ritchie ahead of Jake Virtanen, Haydn Fleury, William Nylander and Nikolaj Ehlers.
Bobby Cappuccino of The LeafsNation profiled one of my favourite draft-eligible players in Nylander. Bobby says Nylander “may have the highest offensive upside of any player in the draft”. There’s a good chance Nylander won’t be available at eighth overall, but if he is, I think the Leafs should snag him.
I’m on a roll here, so here’s Bobby’s profile of Kasperi Kapanen from a couple days ago. Like Nylander, he’s a son of a former NHLer and has a ton of offensive upside, but questions about his defensive effort will probably see him fall into the teens on draft day.
Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports published his latest 30 Thoughts. He says Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is actively looking for potential trades but is keeping his cards close to his vest. He also believes Nonis will be very reluctant to trade a good young player unless the return is outstanding.