August 31 2014 09:38AM
Tony Cameranesi made one of the largest jumps up the table, moving up five spots from 19th in our midterm rankings. Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of a breakout sophomore campaign with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Cameranesi’s rise has more to do with Morgan Rielly’s and Peter Holland’s graduation from prospect status, Jerry D’Amigo’s trade to Columbus, and Tyler Biggs' dramatic slide.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 30 2014 11:05AM
In a world where we're beginning to value moving up drastically more than we do shutting down, the stock of defensive defencemen on the whole is beginning to drop. But that's not in the eyes of everybody. Even if it was, you'd have to concede this to be, in the most extreme scenario, a transitionary phase in hockey strategy. As such, teams will actively be looking for players of the shutdown mold.
As far as the Leafs organization goes, Andrew MacWilliam is perhaps the best personification of that type of player, which brings him to the 15 spot on our Top 20.
August 29 2014 08:07AM
TheLeafsNation.com's Next TLN Blogger contest finally has its Final Five!
The response really was overwhelming. We received almost 100 applications to become the newest contributor for this site. Narrowing everything down to just five people was extremely hard. Justin Fisher and I burned the midnight oil earlier this week and we finally have our five. Here they are in their own words...
Nation World HQ
August 29 2014 08:05AM
NHL reportedly looking at expansion, the changing world of sports journalism, Flames expectations, comparing Justin Schultz to PK Subban and more in this weeks Roundup
August 29 2014 07:47AM
What can be said about Dominic Toninato that explains why we think that he’s the 16th best prospect in the Maple Leafs organization? Last year we had the excitement of him being above a point per game in the USHL which was good enough to put him 15th in our rankings. He looked to be following a path similar to Tony Cameranesi, in fact, his USHL numbers were better than Cameranesi’s, and he’s bigger. Both are fast Minnesotan kids attending University of Minnesota Duluth, their paths are similar so their rankings often are too.