TLN's All-Time Greatest Leafs Team: Al Iafrate

Jon Steitzer
August 27 2015 01:58PM

The 80s where a magical time to be a Leafs fan, and by magical I mean hopeless and full of despair. It was a decade that taught Leafs fans to appreciate the little things like knowing that someday your favourite player would have the chance to win the cup for a contender, and that the Leafs could always count on being just good enough to be out of contention for drafting a player like Mario Lemieux.

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Marlies Schedule Released

Jon Steitzer
August 27 2015 11:17AM

In the exciting hockey-less days of August we've been #blessed with the AHL schedule release. 

We now know that the Marlies will have four games at the ACC (3 against St. John's, one against Portland), and they'll open the year with back to back games against the newly minted Manitoba Moose. 

Once again the Royal Winter Fair at the Ricoh Coliseum means that November will be when the Marlies have their longest road trip (seven games). Their longest home stand will be six games starting in mid February. 

The season closes with two games at home against the Rochester Americans on April 16th and 17th and the AHL All-Star game and skills competition are scheduled for January 31st and February 1st. 

The full schedule is available after the jump.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #7 Andreas Johnson

Jon Steitzer
August 27 2015 08:06AM

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One of the main criticisms of the 2013 Draft for the Leafs is that they didn’t swing for the fences in the first round and instead opted for a rather safe pick in Frederik Gauthier. After that initial decision the Leafs seemed to get increasingly more adventurous through the later rounds, ultimately drafting Andreas Johnson, a 5’10 Swedish winger, 202nd overall in the 7th round.

The pick was a departure from what the Leafs had done the rest of the draft as Johnson was three inches shorter than any other player selected, and was the only one who would spend the following season playing overseas. It was his strong showing the season after he was drafted, playing in the Swedish Hockey League, that initially put Andreas on our top 20 prospect list, and now two full seasons after being drafted he’s safely in our top 10, getting votes as high as being the 5th best prospect, and sits five spots ahead of the player the Leafs took in the first round of his draft year.

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TLN Prospect Profile #8: Connor Brown

Justin Fisher
August 26 2015 04:44PM

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I'm going to go ahead and call out my fellow TLN writers (except for Jeffler, who's more of a Canucks writer anyway, lol) for ranking Connor Brown too low. I had Brown as the Toronto Maple Leafs' fourth best prospect, while all of the other voters (except Jeff) did not. They are all wrong.

In last year's midterm ranking, Brown sat in the #4 spot (while I ranked him third). With no major prospect graduations, a great 2015 draft and a Phil Kessel trade since those rankings took place, it was to be expected that Brown could be pushed down a few spots through no fault of his know. But to drop all the way down to eight is insane and unjust. Maybe I am too bullish on Brown, but I think I have good reason.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Syl Apps

Justin Fisher
August 26 2015 08:07AM

As we continue our TLN Top 20 Prospects countdown, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Here's the next player to join our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs team...

With most of these player profiles, we often start off by describing the player's junior hockey career... Things like where they learned to play hockey, what junior league they came up through, and their statistical accomplishments at the amateur level.

For Syl Apps, that kind of stuff almost doesn't exist.

Yes, he played hockey with the varsity team at McMaster University, but Apps was probably better known as a Marauders football player. In fact, it was on the gridiron that Conn Smythe scouted the stand-out athlete and reportedly offered him an NHL contract before he even saw Apps on skates

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