What to expect when you’re expecting to win the draft lottery

by Lowetide

Saturday night brings us another draft lottery and as you know the Edmonton Oilers are the kings of that game. I wrote an item for The Athletic this morning, about what would happen if Edmonton won the lottery, the impact of Rasmus Dahlin, and the likely popularity of the phrase ‘Dahlin-to-McDavid” in the coming years. I hope you have the time to read it. He’s a special player.

THE ATHLETIC

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THE 2018 DRAFT

I have completed the Top 120 list, planned to publish it on Monday. Would you like to see it before or after the lottery? Let me know. I can publish tomorrow of Friday morning if that works. Here’s my latest mock if the Oilers finish No. 9.

  • First Round—No. 9 overall—RD Evan Bouchard, London Knights (OHL). “He’s got a big-time shot and as his junior career has progressed, he has learned to use it more. Great poise with the puck and he may be the best passer in the entire draft class.” (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News via OHL Prospects).
  • Second Round—No. 40 overall—R Jonatan Berggren, Skelleftea (SuperElite). Berggren is one of the most fearless forwards I’ve seen in recent years, which says a lot when you consider he’s listed at 5’10. A two-way winger with a nonstop motor, Berggren’s speed and anticipation causes havoc for opposing defenders, but it’s the plays he makes after forcing turnovers that separate him from most players his age. His active stick and quick hands turn harmless dump-ins into quality chances, and his speed allows him to blow past defenders at the blue line. Playing and thinking at the same time is a rare combination for young players, but Berggren does both at high level. He scored a nice goal after he turned what looked like an average one-on-one entry into a clean dash and stuff-in at the cage.” (Steve Kournianos)
  • Third Round—No. 71 overall—L Liam Foudy, London Knights (OHL). I am strong on him because of the way he finished the regular season (35, 20-14-34). Even with the very slow start to the year, Foudy ended up No. 30 among forwards in goals per game (18 and under) in the OHL.
  • Fourth Round—No. 102 overall (Oilers acquired goaltender Al Montoya from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. Montoya covered the condition).
  • Fifth Round—No. 133 overallLC Ryan Chyzowski, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL). Strong forward with skill (21 goals and 52 points in 72 games) and Kournianos describes his shot as heavy and accurate.
  • Sixth Round—No. 164 overallLC Connor Dewar, Everett Silvertips (WHL). He had a strong reputation for being a strong two-way center but a little shy offensively. Spiked this season and would be real value at this number.
  • Seventh Round—No. 195 overallL Kevin Hancock, Owen Sound Attack (OHL). I liked him a year ago, still like him now. He gets zoomed by linemates and isn’t a fast train but his primary point count is good and he can turn pro now.

While I have a minute, want to reiterate how my list is put together. I publish the final list June 1, long before the professional lists are out. I do pay attention to Corey Pronman, Scott Wheeler, Bob McKenzie, Craig Button, The Black Book, Simon Boisvert and several others who will be noted when I publish my updated list. I also have some support from the scouting community (basically making sure these prospects have 10 fingers and toes).

Math is king for my list, that’s what makes it unique. Gabriel Desjardins and Rob Vollman originated and tweaked NHLE’s, respectively. I think an NHL team could go a good job just by sussing out the math of the draft, maybe place it alongside Bob McKenzie’s list.

Finally, when I publish the final 120 on June 1, I will be adding a ‘touch list’ featuring players who I like but don’t have enough information on. They could be draft and follow options.

-Photo by Mark Williams-

OILERS AHL FORWARDS IN 2010-11

How bad was it? We know the Bakersfield Condors didn’t have many forward prospects pushing offense last season, but how did the efforts of last year’s team compare to Oilers farmhands past?

The fabulous site prospect-stats.com gives us a chance to compare seasons and therefore prospect snapshots (through the past, darkly). I’ve chosen primary points (it’s a gooder, like God’s flashlight with fresh batteries) and here are the notables in 5-on-5 primary points per 60 for Oklahoma City Barons. I’m listing all forwards, prospects in blue.

  1. Liam Reddox 0.54
  2. Linus Omark 0.50
  3. Alexandre Giroux 0.44
  4. Mark Arcobello 0.38
  5. Brad Moran 0.35
  6. Colin McDonald 0.33
  7. Teemu Hartikainen 0.30
  8. Milan Kytnar 0.23
  9. Phil Cornet 0.23
  10. Ben Ondrus 0.17
  11. Greg Stewart 0.16
  12. Chris VandeVelde 0.15
  13. Matt Marquardt 0.11
  14. Ryan O’Marra 0.11

Reddox would spend significant time in the NHL during the 2010-11 season, then head to the SHL where he carved out a nice career. Linus Omark would also spend time in the NHL during ’10-’11, and posted some impressive offensive numbers. I think there was an NHL player there. Mark Arcobello, Colin McDonald and Chris VandeVelde would all carve out NHL careers of varying degrees. The 2010-11 team produced no long-term solutions for the Oilers, none remain in the NHL.

OILERS AHL FORWARDS IN 2017-18

  1. Ty Rattie 0.43
  2. Zach O’Brien 0.35
  3. Josh Currie 0.31
  4. Joe Gambardella 0.30
  5. Joey Laleggia 0.29
  6. Brad Malone 0.27
  7. Dave Gust 0.26
  8. Patrick Russell 0.25
  9. Mitch Callahan 0.20
  10. Braden Christoffer 0.19
  11. Grayson Downing 0.17
  12. Kyle Platzer 0.16
  13. Evan Polei 0.13
  14. Ryan Hamilton 0.12
  15. Greg Chase 0.12

Remember this is primary points per 60, so heavily reliant on the player in question. Ty Rattie was easily the best Condor forward this past season, but the big issue is how few players reached even Colin McDonald’s level. The Oilers simply didn’t have enough skill a year ago and that must change.

LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE

At 10 this morning, TSN1260. I am loving the lineup today, we should have a lot of fun. Scheduled to appear:

  • Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey. Toronto-Boston Game 7 should be a classic, we’ll chat with Bruce about two famous Game 7’s involving the Oilers (1987 and 2006).
  • Pete Blackburn, CBS Sports Boston. Love that dirty water! It’s Game 7!
  • Zac Jackson, The Athletic Cleveland. The Browns have picks No. 1 and No. 4. Where are they going?

10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!

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Chelios is a Dinosaur

OriginalPouzar,

Thats fair. For me, part of being “in it for me” is what it allows me to leverage over Torontonians.

OriginalPouzar

Chelios is a Dinosaur:
OriginalPouzar,

“isn’t a soul” less factually incorrect, more just simple hyperbole.

Having sat in front of many a pitcher of beer with a bunch of Leafs fans, as a lone orange sheep at some TO sports bar, I can attest, they have already discounted the Oilers’ legitimacy. Its not fair or based on fact or history or evidence. It just is. It helps them cope with the past 50 -51- years.

In some sense, who cares what they think. And the cup will still get a banner, if it comes. And in 51 years I will get to count the cup as one more Oilers cup…

But when the Oilers win, I want to look in their face and see the type of envy that is forged only because of some involuntary but undeniable respect. Another Oilers #1 pick only further undermines what has already been established by most fans outside Edmonton: Unworthy, handed opportunity on a silver platter and squandered time and time again, much like the resource from which the team is named.

This won’t get much traction from people on this extremely rational blog, but I do not look forward to the morning after an Oiler lotto win.

Doesn’t matter to me one iota what any fan of another team thinks of a potential Oiler Stanley Cup win – it won’t effect my personal emotion in connection with the championship at all.

I’m not in it to have bragging rights over, or shove it in the face of, those in my life that cheer for other teams – I’m in it for me.

Chelios is a Dinosaur

I want to see some evidence that this team is prepared to construct a competitive team with the best player on the planet since Wayne Gretzky before it is gifted the next Bobby Orr by some ironic and malicious hockey god.

Chelios is a Dinosaur

OriginalPouzar,

“isn’t a soul” less factually incorrect, more just simple hyperbole.

Having sat in front of many a pitcher of beer with a bunch of Leafs fans, as a lone orange sheep at some TO sports bar, I can attest, they have already discounted the Oilers’ legitimacy. Its not fair or based on fact or history or evidence. It just is. It helps them cope with the past 50 -51- years.

In some sense, who cares what they think. And the cup will still get a banner, if it comes. And in 51 years I will get to count the cup as one more Oilers cup…

But when the Oilers win, I want to look in their face and see the type of envy that is forged only because of some involuntary but undeniable respect. Another Oilers #1 pick only further undermines what has already been established by most fans outside Edmonton: Unworthy, handed opportunity on a silver platter and squandered time and time again, much like the resource from which the team is named.

This won’t get much traction from people on this extremely rational blog, but I do not look forward to the morning after an Oiler lotto win.

OriginalPouzar

Now I live in the east. Count me as one Oiler fan who will be praying the lotto balls don’t fall in favour of Edmonton. When 97 lifts his fist Stanley Cup, there isn’t a soul out here who will think it fully legitimate and honestly earned if he passes it to Dahlin.

I honestly wonder if I will too.

The statement above is factually incorrect – this soul, typing this message, will absolutely think its legit and honestly earned.

As we’ve seen, high picks alone don’t lead to Stanley Cup champions, or even good hockey teams.

This isn’t the NBA where a star player or two can win championships with a weak supporting cast.

Even a well built team with superstars needs to fight a 2 month battle to win the Cup.

Are the Pens’ championships legit? I mean, they drafted Crosby and Malkin back to back – with Fleury, Stall, Whitney, etc. in a short period of time.

€√¥£€^$

ArmchairGM: No. (some have Hughes over Boqvist)
Yes. (Hughes is up with Boqvist on most lists)
No. (they trade spots on every list I see. No consensus)

Personally, I like Bouchard better than Dobson. What he achieved this year on a stripped Knights roster is nothing short of incredible. Dobson played with skill players in a lesser league and didn’t post anywhere near the offence Bouchard did.

It would be interesting to see the stats Dobson vs Bouchard since the New Year after London had traded away a couple high-end forwards who were carrying the offense.

I did a comparison of their draft-year rosters Dobson vs Chychryn and Chychryn was surrounded by NHL draft picks, Dobson not so much. And Dobson’s numbers are superior.

Dobson is very intriguing. Also 20 yr old LHD Galipeau has put up >1pt/game after coming over in a trade and put up 15 pts (4 goals) in 14 playoff games vs Dobson’s 9 (1 goal). I think Dobson’s just scratching the surface, whereas Bouchard is at his peak. That being said it is possible that Bouchard might be ready for prime time now and Dobson is a few yrs away…

Chelios is a Dinosaur

Wanting the Leafs to lose is like a default setting. Last night was joyous. Another chapter.

On my Oilers-fandom pie chart, there is a healthy slice dedicated to shoving victory the face of Leafs Nation.

Now I live in the east. Count me as one Oiler fan who will be praying the lotto balls don’t fall in favour of Edmonton. When 97 lifts his fist Stanley Cup, there isn’t a soul out here who will think it fully legitimate and honestly earned if he passes it to Dahlin.

I honestly wonder if I will too.

ArmchairGM

Jaxon:
Also if they’re not drafting in the top 3, I would seriously consider drafting Serron Noel. His numbers are on par with Zadina’s and he is 6’5″, 201lbs. The scouting reports I’ve read, say he is a good skater as well. He and Zadina are basically tied for the 2nd best primary points per minute after Svechnikov. His numbers compare well to players like Draisaitl and Voracek.
EDIT: PS. He’s also one of the youngest in the draft.
I have him getting about 23 5-on-5 Primary Pts in his rookie season if he gets median top 6 minutes.

I don’t think anyone has Noel higher than 21. Are you suggesting we take him at 9/10?

Wilde

Jethro Tull: By your own definitions, Ryan Strome isbetter then Cooter.

Want to try again?

Jethro Tull

Wilde: I stand by my original statement, Sean Couturier is a fantastically talented offensive player, I don’t care about his sub-40 point seasons.

By your own definitions, Ryan Strome is better then Cooter.

ArmchairGM

Glass:
Is Boqvist the clear #2 D in this draft?

Is Hughes the clear favorite over Ty Smith?
Is Bouchard the clear favorite over Dobson?

I’d have to say… I think I like Dobson more than Bouchard. Seems like he can be a great 2 way D for us.

No. (some have Hughes over Boqvist)
Yes. (Hughes is up with Boqvist on most lists)
No. (they trade spots on every list I see. No consensus)

Personally, I like Bouchard better than Dobson. What he achieved this year on a stripped Knights roster is nothing short of incredible. Dobson played with skill players in a lesser league and didn’t post anywhere near the offence Bouchard did.

Tapdog

OriginalPouzar,

Just can’t say it straight out but……….No logo at 9
please please please Mr Weir………

OriginalPouzar

Sportsnet release says lotter picks 15-4 will be unveiled during Hockey Central, prior to first game on Saturday. Picks 3-1 will be revealed DURING THE 2ND INTERMISSION OF THE VEGAS/SAN JOSE GAME

Wilde

Lowetide: I will pass along, also thanks Jimmy will pass along as well. I never know if people listen to the podcasts and post here, nice to know!

I also would like the volume tuned in that way, no other complaints, very much enjoy the work you (and Tyler) do,

I noticed Jonatan Berggren when I was watching J20 stuff for Boqvist. Steve K’s blurb makes him sound like Arvidsson.

Speaking of Boqvist, I’m upset he played so well at the U18’s! I was getting the feeling he might end up being the 4th defenceman selected, for a variety of reasons, and thus would be available for the Oilers in the unlikely event they don’t win a lottery.

VOR and others IRT my Couturier comments:

I stand by my original statement, Sean Couturier is a fantastically talented offensive player, I don’t care about his sub-40 point seasons.

He had 41 goals and 96 point in 68 games in his 16/17 year old season.

Where’d it go until now in the NHL?

In 2015-16 he had almost exactly the same rate of 5v5 pts/60, but played almost 400 less minutes.

Yeah.

His most common linemates then were Micheal Raffl at 369 minutes, Wayne Simmonds* at 332, and Matt Read at 280.

*note about Wayne Simmonds: I know he likely has fans here, but the man does not produce very much at evens.

Couturier also was getting all of the dangerous faceoffs you could give him.

The caveat that’s there when I say ‘if you’re good defensively, you’ll also score” is that most of the time when these guys /don’t/ score, it’s because of usage, not because they’re highly gifted at the defensive side of the game exclusively.

For all but a few NHL players, there is a set of deployment standards than can slash their production totals by at least 50%. Couturier’s no exception.

Tesla's Hair

LT wrote…”I have completed the Top 120 list, planned to publish it on Monday. Would you like to see it before or after the lottery? Let me know. I can publish tomorrow of Friday morning if that works”

My vote is for Friday morning.

I follow your podcast when something mysterious comes up like “Red Wine Summits” then I jump in to your casts to see if anything juicy.

FREEFLOW DRAFT ON TAP

Is That Oilers Logo Behind Card 1, 2, 3?

This draft is just another moment of an Oilers season of suspense and suspension.

Maple Leafs vs. Boston series reminds me of the Oilers how they both strum excitement and desperation strings in rapid unexpected chord changes.

PS. New Trading Strategy.

#1 Keep Connor Happy. Ask him who he compares himself to and then trade for that guy to play on his line.

Connor McDavid, C, Erie Otters (OHL) – Who is the NHL player your play would most likely be compared to: “Tyler Bozak because he is a good skater and is more of a pass-first type of guy.”

Wonder if Leafs and Oilers will do any deals together and any ex T.O. players for pickup?

hunter1909

“But we can’t return them to junior. They won’t be challenged. Let’s stick their still soft boned teenaged bodies in full grown Men’s leagues.” lol

Biggus Dickus

Andy Dufresne,

I guess. Would be nice to have more big boy leagues to put prospect goalies in. Guess Skinner goes back to junior. Ellis probably gonzo. Brossoit aussi, though as down as we are on him, I think he’s not that far off. So that would put it as Starett and Montoya in Bakersfield and Wells on life support in the ECHL.

Andy Dufresne

Scungilli Slushy: Yes that’s a good point, but remember that the league was different then, and the only way to stop outright violence was to be able to be outright violent.

Different times. Much less push back needed now that the Broadstreet Bullies and Scott ‘I’ve never seen a head I wouldn’t hunt’ Stevens are finished.

Those Oilers changed North American hockey to what it is now.

ALL True.

Andy Dufresne

jp:
Andy Dufresne,

Yeah that makes sense, guess there’ll be an official announcement before long.

There’s risk here, but the upside is certainly more than with Montoya and most of the available NHL guys.

AND Montoya could be kept in the AHL at a cost of only $40K to our cap. Nice to have 3 options?

Scungilli Slushy

Andy Dufresne: I can respect that. But at least 4 of the Oilers 5 Stanleys were of the “wind at any cost” variety. Im old school that way I guess.

Yes that’s a good point, but remember that the league was different then, and the only way to stop outright violence was to be able to be outright violent.

Different times. Much less push back needed now that the Broadstreet Bullies and Scott ‘I’ve never seen a head I wouldn’t hunt’ Stevens are finished.

Those Oilers changed North American hockey to what it is now.

jp

Andy Dufresne,

Yeah that makes sense, guess there’ll be an official announcement before long.

There’s risk here, but the upside is certainly more than with Montoya and most of the available NHL guys.

Andy Dufresne

Scungilli Slushy: I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, no honour there. I’m not a win at any cost type

I am a win all the time type however, but it doesn’t have to devolve into the unsavoury for that to happen.

I can respect that. But at least 4 of the Oilers 5 Stanleys were of the “wind at any cost” variety. Im old school that way I guess.
Mark Messier and many others were unsavoury.

Andy Dufresne

jp: Not directly related to your post, and it’s probably already been mentioned by others in recent days. But have folks noticed Koskinen’s playoff/international numbers?

I saw his recent regular season .915 and .916 SV%s as obvious red flags. But damn 2016 W. Championship best goalie with 1.13GAA/.947SV%, and 1.62/.932 at the Olympics.

And in 5 KHL seasons he’s played at least 10 games every playoffs (>15 the last 4), with a sub 2.00 GAA every year and a stellar SV%. KHL champ twice.

By year: 1.98/.928, 1.61/.936, 1.47/.949, 1.64/.938, 1.62/.935. Damned impressive numbers.

Not sure about fair cost, but this fellow is worth another look at the NHL level for sure.

Stauffer mentioned on his show two days ago that the report was in error said he wouldnt say if it was the Player or the Price or the Term that was inncorrect. He then wnet on to talk about Euros for about 5 minutes

2.5 million Euros x approx 1.4 = $3.5 million divided by two equals $1.75 million AVV. Thats my guess.

Scungilli Slushy

Andy Dufresne: Id prefer he was more Brad Marchand than Tyler Johnson….but Id be happy with either.

I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, no honour there. I’m not a win at any cost type.

I am a win all the time type however, but it doesn’t have to devolve into the unsavoury for that to happen.

jp

dustrock:
$2.5m over 2 years for Koskinen makes way more sense and I’d be fine with it.

Much of the sturm und drang comes from $2.5 per I think.

Not directly related to your post, and it’s probably already been mentioned by others in recent days. But have folks noticed Koskinen’s playoff/international numbers?

I saw his recent regular season .915 and .916 SV%s as obvious red flags. But damn 2016 W. Championship best goalie with 1.13GAA/.947SV%, and 1.62/.932 at the Olympics.

And in 5 KHL seasons he’s played at least 10 games every playoffs (>15 the last 4), with a sub 2.00 GAA every year and a stellar SV%. KHL champ twice.

By year: 1.98/.928, 1.61/.936, 1.47/.949, 1.64/.938, 1.62/.935. Damned impressive numbers.

Not sure about fair cost, but this fellow is worth another look at the NHL level for sure.

Andy Dufresne

Scungilli Slushy: And he shouldn’t try. Crazy good stick, loads of speed and quickness, deception, and constant attack. And finish, a lot.

Id prefer he was more Brad Marchand than Tyler Johnson….but Id be happy with either.

Scungilli Slushy

Andy Dufresne: Agreed.

IMO It is possible for Kailer Yamamoto to play heavy hockey.

And he shouldn’t try. Crazy good stick, loads of speed and quickness, deception, and constant attack. And finish, a lot.

Andy Dufresne

Crazy Pedestrian: Screw that! Go Sharks!!! If Vegas pulls off the ultimate Cinderella story and wins in their first season, I call shenanigans against the NHL… that should have been McDavid and the Oilers!!! It’s like the hockey gods decided to flip the script as a joke…

Welcome to the Parity Era.

Parity = more $$$ for Billionaires

Its only illegal to rig games IF you rig games illegally.

Andy Dufresne

N64: #springcomposting

HAHA…….. #springcomposting……. took me a minute.

N64

Crazy Pedestrian:
Awesome! Leafs fall apart in the final hour. Just like the last time Boston beat them!

Quelle surprise. 4 unanswered Game 7 after 40. #springcomposting

Andy Dufresne

Crazy Pedestrian: Screw that! Go Sharks!!! If Vegas pulls off the ultimate Cinderella story and wins in their first season, I call shenanigans against the NHL… that should have been McDavid and the Oilers!!! It’s like the hockey gods decided to flip the script as a joke…

Can you imagine that Parade down The Strip !?!

Biggus Dickus

Andy Dufresne: says:
April 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm

None soon. Word is Belichick is pissed that he forced him to trade Garoppolo before Brady. Allegedly he is gtfo, which is why he traded Garoppolo for so little. Plus for the first time ever he said he would refer his coordinators for jobs elsewhere. Allegedly he was also in a big feud about it with Brady during the super bowl, to the point that they weren’t talking to eachother. Interesting story anyway.

Andy Dufresne

Scungilli Slushy: I’m not sure the Bruins are ‘heavy’. A very structured and disciplined game, a lot of Duck flavoured jerkism, and non stop compete. And smller skilled players.

Sort of what Chia is trying to build again.

Really that’s Oiler 80’s hockey, minus the structure because era.

I hope that’s how the modern Oilers play. IF they do their talent will take them over the top.

Agreed.

IMO It is possible for Kailer Yamamoto to play heavy hockey.

Scungilli Slushy

Andy Dufresne:
Heavy Hockey wins out again.

I’m not sure the Bruins are ‘heavy’. A very structured and disciplined game, a lot of Duck flavoured jerkism, and non stop compete. And smller skilled players.

Sort of what Chia is trying to build again.

Really that’s Oiler 80’s hockey, minus the structure because era.

I hope that’s how the modern Oilers play. IF they do their talent will take them over the top.

Crazy Pedestrian

Andy Dufresne:
Vegas Golden Knights going to Hoist Stanley. Book it!

Screw that! Go Sharks!!! If Vegas pulls off the ultimate Cinderella story and wins in their first season, I call shenanigans against the NHL… that should have been McDavid and the Oilers!!! It’s like the hockey gods decided to flip the script as a joke…

Scungilli Slushy

Andy Dufresne:
Does Billionaire Robert Kraft only own one shirt?

Probably.

Andy Dufresne

OriginalPouzar:
Now that the 1st round is over and they can finalize the 2nd round schedule, I assume we’ll have a definitive time for the lottery reveal soon.

ROn McLean said it is happening prior to the Saturday evening game on CBC

OriginalPouzar

Now that the 1st round is over and they can finalize the 2nd round schedule, I assume we’ll have a definitive time for the lottery reveal soon.

Andy Dufresne

Doug McLachlan: That would seem fair but on that point, I came across this on the twitter today:

EvolvingWild‏ @EvolvingWild

The first run of our contract projections for this offseason can be found here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vVxrRP-C59WkWJxtqzHpxg0WP5evst91USuyWTlE1NY/edit#gid=1677718147

Many of the top end numbers looked a little low to me – well the idea that Tavares would take less than Eichel money raised an eyebrow – but thought that there seemed to be some merit to the algorithm they are running.

Interestingly he has R.Strome coming in under $2.5M but Maroon he calculates out at almost $4.

BTW, he must have done this before the Rattie signing as he has Ty getting $866K instead of the $800K he ended up taking.

has Max Domi and William Karlsson at the same number (4.5 million) Enough Said.

Andy Dufresne

Vegas Golden Knights going to Hoist Stanley. Book it!

Andy Dufresne

Crazy Pedestrian:
Awesome! Leafs fall apart in the final hour. Just like the last time Boston beat them!

Its officially a trend.

AND part of the bigger trend…….Fifty ONE years and counting.

Crazy Pedestrian

Awesome! Leafs fall apart in the final hour. Just like the last time Boston beat them!

Andy Dufresne

Happy for Louie DeBrusk

Andy Dufresne

Heavy Hockey wins out again.

Andy Dufresne

Leaky Rask against Leaky Vasilevskiy should be entertaining.

flyfish1168

the hockey world can rest now.

Andy Dufresne

Sure wish the Leafs org/fans were more likable….its hard cheering against a Canadian team.

Andy Dufresne

I know a lot of people like higher scoring games, as do I. But several of the goals in this game looked cheap. Kind of distracts from the quality of the game for me.

Entertaining game but missing that high end playoff quality. (especially for a game 7)

Andy Dufresne

Does Billionaire Robert Kraft only own one shirt?

Andy Dufresne

Auston Matthews looks like half the player Draisaitl was in last years playoffs. Playing Injured?

He just lost about $8 million. Instead of $11.5million x 8 he’ll get $10.5 Million x 8. The reverse Draisaitl effect.