September 02 2015 04:39PM
We did it. It took us nearly a month, but we at TLN have finally named our all-time greatest Leafs team. It's a sight to behold - the organization's best talent, stretching from Babe Dye in 1919 all the way to Phil Kessel in 2015.
Continue on for a summary of all our All-Time Team picks, as well as our final lineup and All-Time coaching staff. If you disagree with our picks, don't hesitate to leave a comment! You'll still be wrong, since we are right, but hey...
Kidding! Check out your Toronto Maple Leafs All-Time Team past the jump...
September 02 2015 02:41PM
As we began to go through the prospect rankings here at The Leafs Nation, divvying up which writer would cover which prospect, we came across a roadblock when it came to Kasperi Kapanen.
Most prospects on the site's list were ranked differently by each writer. A few were somewhat unanimous, but only one - your boy Kapanen here - was universally ranked at the position they ultimately fell in. It was hard to decide who should write about him, since everyone seemed to pretty much be in agreement about where he belonged in the list. It didn't seem fair to pass him off to any one writer - so the team gave him to me, the only writer who didn't participate in the rankings process.
I guess laziness is good for something, after all.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 02 2015 12:51PM
Mitch Marner, a good hockey player who is going to be a very good rookie in whichever year the Leafs feel he's ready to make his debut, is still without a jersey number. So much so, that he did his Upper Deck photo shoot this week with just a nameplate on. Typically, he's worn #93, but now that he plays for his home team, he recognizes that taking the number that people associate with Doug Gilmour might be a little out of line.
Given the present culture, he's probably right. But why does that culture have to exist?
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 02 2015 11:29AM
(On the far right; he is not actually Eric Fehr)
According to a report from News Kamloops' Gregg Drinnan, the Toronto Maple Leafs have further added to their scouting staff, hiring Prince Albert Raiders player personnel director Dale Derkatch to join the amateur wing.
September 01 2015 09:04AM
There were a lot of people who found the return that the Leafs got for Phil Kessel from Pittsburgh to be underwhelming. Was it fair value for one of the league's best players? We don't know for sure, but I would lean towards "probably not".
All of that may be so, but the Leafs got a pair of Penguins prospects in the trade. One of those prospects, Scott Harrington, was voted by the TLN staff as the Leafs' 4th-best prospect (and, spoiler alert, that other prospect the Leafs got in the trade was ranked somewhere in the top 5 by the TLN staff as well). Now is that a case of Harrington and that other guy being really good, or is it a case of the Leafs' prospect pool being not so good?
Realistically, it's probably a little of both. Let's take a closer look at Harrington and see why, as some of you may be surprised to see, he was ranked by our staff as the Leafs' #4 prospect.