TLN Top 10: Leafs Forwards, 10-6

Jon Steitzer
September 05 2015 07:00AM

At this point you've seen the TLN All-Time Roster, you've seen the lines we'd roll with them, but we haven't actually ranked them until now. We're taking a slightly different approach and the rankings have entirely been left in my hands with the caveat of not being able to introduce any new forwards into the mix. So my apologies to Benoit Hogue, Mike Johnson, and Peter Zezel who I love so much, but wouldn't be able to sausage into the top ten. The same is true of other deserving forwards like Joe Primeau, Busher Jackson, and Ron Ellis who were all given some consideration when we made the All-Time team, which is still somewhat contentious to even those of us who made it.

Today we'll give you 6-10, tomorrow you'll get the top five forwards according to me, since I'm clearly the authority of the nearly 100 years of Leafs history and I'm sure there will be nothing to debate.

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TLN Prospect Profile #1: Mitch Marner

Justin Fisher
September 04 2015 10:55AM

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It literally could not be any closer. 

During our voting process, Mitch Marner edged out William Nylander as the Toronto Maple Leafs' top prospect by just a single vote, with four of the seven voters leaning Marner and three leaning Nylander.

Personally, I went back and forth on the matter several times before submitting my final list. At first, I leaned Nylander. A true blue chip prospect when he was drafted by the Leafs with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Nylander still somehow managed to exceed expectations with both MODO and the Toronto Marlies last season. His scoring clip - 20 points in 21 games in the SHL, 32 in 37 in the AHL - as an 18-year old in both leagues was insane. 

Then I started gravitating towards Marner, who was still playing junior hockey against admittedly lesser competition, but putting up a significant amount of points in his own right. The Markham, Ontario native scored 44 goals and 126 points in 63 games with the London Knights of the OHL, which is just about as impressive as Nylander's accomplishments as a first year pro. 

Why Marner over Nylander, then?

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 04 2015 06:45AM

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Can the Leafs land Stamkos, trade Byfuglien or move him to forward, Giordano better with age, Brad Marchands elbow, Oilers making playoffs, projecting lineups, prospect rankings, a great scrap and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Sep 3, 2015 - Mirtle 2.0

Steve Dangle
September 03 2015 10:42PM

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On this episode, James Mirtle returns for his annual Leafs talk, season preview, potential moves, and his new perspectives as a dad.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #2 William Nylander

Bobby Cappuccino
September 03 2015 11:19AM

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Figuring out the top 2 prospects in the Leafs system was easy. Figuring out who was 1 and who was 2 wasn't. In fact, final voting of the TLN staff had Mitch Marner and William Nylander separated by 1 point. Of seven voters, three had Nylander in 1st. The debate might have caused some online fistfights on Slack, but cooler heads prevailed when we all thought to ourselves - when was the last time the Leafs had two prospects with this much skill that could cause this much debate as to who is better?

The answer is never. And that's an exciting endorsement of the Leafs system and the high-end ceilings of the crown jewels of that system.

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