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.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 01 2015 08:50AM
As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.
It's been a crazy few weeks, as we've combed through some of the greatest players in Leafs history to create an all-time team. We've spanned decades upon decades, going as far back as the 20's and 30's to grab the likes of Babe Dye and Charlie Conacher. Our goaltending rotation ranges from the present age of 44 to 89. The team's centre depth is about as good as it gets for any potential team; off the top of my head, only Montreal, Detroit, and Pittsburgh could definitely claim better options down the middle.
But we're still missing one more player on the wing. A top six winger, no less. While many will surely disagree with the selection, I don't think there's a better player left to choose than the recently departed Phil Kessel.
August 31 2015 06:51PM
According to the Saskatoon Blades, the Leafs have hired their Statistical Analyst, Bruce Peter.
Peter has already been added to the Mapleleafs.com Management list, so we can assume this is official.
Peter will be joining a team that includes Cam Charron (former editor of this site and noted girlfriend haver), Darryl Metcalf, and Rob Pettapiece reporting up to Kyle Dubas.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 31 2015 03:47PM
I'm going to the Blue Jays game tonight. I like it when teams score more points than the other team, especially when the team that does it is the one that I'm cheering for. The Blue Jays have done that a lot lately. I like seeing the City of Toronto happy and successful. I don't know where I'm going with this, but Toronto rules and hopefully more parts of it will rule soon.
August 31 2015 09:15AM
TheLeafsNation.com is counting down the best Leafs of all-time and Felix Potvin made their list. Knowing he is my blue and white bae, they asked me to make a video about him. Here it is!