August 29 2016 12:39PM
Leading up to each season, Corey Pronman of ESPN unveils his rankings of NHL teams' prospect pipelines, from one all the way to thirty. Going into last year the Leafs' farm system was second behind only the Oilers, led by the next phenom in McDavid. Edmonton could've had zero prospects after him and still owned that title, so that was pretty inarguable.
But this go-around, with their own number one pick in the fold, Toronto has perched itself atop the rest of the league. And as Pronman himself notes, they're nearly in a league all their own.
August 29 2016 11:06AM
Great news everyone, September rolls around on Thursday (that came quick, didn't it?) and hockey is just around the corner. Until then, though, we're left to contemplate, speculate, and discuss whatever hockey-related ideas we can possibly squeeze some entertainment out of.
With that said, let's get started on today's mailbag.
August 29 2016 07:00AM
Phil Kessel was always much-maligned here in Toronto thanks mostly to the cost of acquisition: Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. The Leafs could've had a truly elite center and a very good d-man, but instead had an elite goal-scoring winger. Whatever you think of the trade now, it was hard to separate at the time Kessel's value on the ice from the cost to put him there in a Leafs uniform (even tough the cost wasn't expected to be that high).
Our fifth rated prospect will likely suffer the same fate. Kasperi Kapanen was the centrepiece to the other Phil Kessel trade, the one that sent him to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and as long as he's a Leaf that's surely what he'll be remembered for and the player he'll be unfortunately compared to. The Leafs turned a house into a red paperclip.
That's probably an unfair analogy for our fifth best prospect, but it's hard to ignore the lineage of how he became a Leaf. Rather than fixate on the past and how he came to be a Leaf, let's focus on what he can become as a Leaf.
August 28 2016 11:02AM
With the World Cup of Hockey only a couple of weeks away, the players slated to compete are really gearing up for it - literally.
August 27 2016 07:00AM
With a big trade and a big contract for a goalie, a draft that saw the team take a number of over-agers, and a free agency that's seen the team prioritize toughness, the Leafs have had one hell of a polarizing off-season.
In today's roundtable we revisit the summer that's been once more, with a look at the front office and what our writers make of management moving forward.