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From the Branches: What round is it?

The first round finishes up today...and the second round starts. Okay.

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Good morning.

Leafs news

PPP Podcast: Marlies Edition | Pension Plan Puppets

Take a listen to a special Marlies edition of the Second Line podcast if you haven't already.

Will Arnett, aka Jake Gardiner's roommate, to host NHL awards | Pension Plan Puppets

Playoffs

Roundtable: What the New York Islanders playoff series win means to us | Lighthouse Hockey

This is nice. The Islanders have a soft spot in my heart so I'm glad that fanbase is happy.

A playoffs statistical overview and preview of the Lightning versus Islanders | Raw Charge

This series starts tonight, for those keeping track (despite the first round not being over yet).

Draft/prospects

2016 NHL Draft Profiles: What makes Jesse Puljujärvi a top-three pick? | Five For Howling

NHL Draft Prospects: Jesse Puljujärvi and Patrik Laine | Pension Plan Puppets

FFH looks at Jesse Puljujarvi while Katya looks at both Super Finns in her story.

2016 NHL Draft Profile: Jakob Chychrun is the best defensemen in the class | Pension Plan Puppets

If When the Leafs lose the lottery, they're going to have a lot of choices at #4. Scott takes a look at Chychrun.

Prospect Game Recap: Knights 5, Otters 1 | Pension Plan Puppets

Read all about Mitch Marner's four point night. You can also watch the highlights here.

What a difference a year makes for diverse 2015 draft class| The Colour of Hockey

Almost a year ago, the National Hockey League celebrated a draft that was both deep in talent – Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel – and diversity.

With the 2016 draft rapidly approaching, we look back in this post and the next at the players of color who were selected in the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla., and how they performed in the 2015-16 season.

Other news (AKA: fanbases in despair)

Was The Playoff Embarrassment The Best Thing For The Rangers? | Blueshirt Banter

Compared to the Oilers' Franchise History, How Bad Have The Last Ten Years Been? | The Copper & Blue

Blueshirt Banter and Copper & Blue are having a rough go of it. Read all about it (warning: could cause Nonis/Burke/JFJ flashbacks).

The Vicious Cycle of Conservative Defensive Structure | Jen LC

How Can We Quantify Power Play Performance In Formation? | Hockey-Graphs

Some systems analysis for you from Jen LC and Hockey-Graphs. I had to manually link these two so y'all better appreciate this.

Brayden Schenn suspended three games for charging Capitals forward T.J. Oshie | Broad Street Hockey

The Rookie Season of 19-Year-Old Sam Bennett | Matchsticks and Gasoline

Leaving you all with this video. Take from it what you will: