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So the Boston Bruins sweep the Philadelphia Flyers and move on to face the Tampa Bay Lightening in the Eastern Conference Finals. In doing so, the Bruins move four wins away from the Cup finals and gifting the Leafs an extra 2nd round pick in next year's draft. I think I can live with that. But what are the Leafs looking at for the first round of June's draft? MLHS examines four possible names for the Leafs, including Mark McNeill from the WHL:

A big kid at 6’2, 210 lbs, McNeill is a ‘Burke-type Player’ if I ever saw one. A strong two-way center, McNeill uses his size to his advantage to protect the puck. He’s a playmaker by trade, but isn’t exactly a flashy player. He keeps the game simple.

Should be quite the interesting first round this year. More links after the jump...

Saturday links:

Signs your second round is not going well


The assumed draft order

Quick update from Puckin' Eh on where those two picks will fall

Do the Leafs have a young Kris Draper?

No, but VLM thinks we could really use one

The impact of rest in the playoffs

Behind the Net looks at the benefits of sweeping your opponent

The real trouble with the Atlanta Thrashers

Mirtle updates on the dire situation in Georgia