Why Corey Pronman Ranked the Maple Leafs’ Prospect Pool 21st

The Athletic’s resident scouting guru, Corey Pronman, is releasing his NHL Prospect Pool Rankings day-by-day.
On Monday, he landed the Toronto Maple Leafs 21st out of the 31 systems in the NHL. That’s not great. And yet, considering that the team has made the playoffs for 3 straight years and didn’t have a first-round pick at this past draft, it was otherwise expected.
This is not a recap of “x person said this about the Leafs.” Rather, this is a breakdown of why the team is ranked where they are.
In assessing Toronto’s pipeline, Pronman says “the talent at the top is average, but I like the depth of the pipeline, as the Leafs have targeted a lot of skill in their prospects in recent years.” The last part of that sentence is a tip of the cap to the work Dubas and the scouting department has done thus far.
Every year, without fail, various fan bases begin hollering on social media about their team taking “the safe guy” instead of the one with the higher ceiling (who usually happens to be small and skilled). I have said this consistently, and I’ll say it again: draft me …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation

Navigating the injuries to the starting rotation

The Blue Jays’ sweep of the Oakland Athletics over the weekend was overshadowed by the fact two of their starting pitchers went down with injuries.

In 2012-esque fashion when Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison had their seasons ended within days of one another, Matt Shoemaker was shut down for the year with a torn ACL and Aaron Sanchez’s finger issues flares up again. We don’t yet know the severity of Sanchez’s broken middle fingernail, but, given the way things have gone for him the past two seasons, there’s some reason for worry.

Charlie Montoyo hopeful Aaron Sanchez won’t miss a start #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 21, 2019

In the short term, Clay Buchholz and Trent Thornton are slated to start Tuesday and Wednesday against San Fransisco. The Jays then have an off-day on Thursday before a three-game weekend series against Oakland. Marcus Stroman would be scheduled for the Friday game, then Saturday and Sunday are Shoemaker and Sanchez’s turns in the rotation. The Jays have three off days coming up in the next week, so they could feasibly use Thomas Pannone and Sam Gaviglio on those two days, giving Sanchez a full week off to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation