Introducing... The TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects

Justin Fisher
August 16 2013 07:51PM

It's Summer, and that means that The Leafs Nation Staff is completely clueless as to what we should write about. Bozak isn't very good, Bernier wasn't necessary, Nonis is the Demon Prince of Poor Sports Management... We've covered it all, and now we're sad and lethargic and out of ideas.

Naturally, that makes it as good a time as any to talk prospects, and the entire TLN staff has cast their votes for our very first (and possibly last) TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects feature.

The Details:

  • Cam Charron, Steve Dangle, Ryan Fancey, Jon Steitzer, Jeffrey Veillette, Emily G, special guest Mark Edwards of HockeyProspect.com, and Justin Fisher (yours truly) have all cast votes for their top twenty Leafs prospects.
  • We didn't define what a 'prospect' is. We considered age, skill, professional experience, and referred to our common senses. Amazingly, we were all pretty much on the same page.
  • Each writer defined their own criteria for their rankings. We considered age, skill, experience, potential, and the likelihood of reaching that potential... and referred to our common senses.
  • We'll be kicking off this feature on Sunday with an 'Honourable Mentions' piece, then post one new player every weekday until we crown our top youngster in a month's time. Don't worry, it won't be me all month - you'll be getting prospect profiles from pretty much the entire team here.
  • Our list is bang-on, and no matter what else you read on any other site on the internet, we're right and we'll always be right. Na na na boo boo, stick your head in doo doo.

See you Sunday!

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Justin Fisher is a Toronto-based writer of sorts. He likes hockey and comic books and sriracha sauce. He doesn't like Don Cherry. Follow him on Twitter: @thejustinfisher
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#1 Jon Steitzer
August 16 2013, 08:26PM
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My criteria was on a 1-20 scale how much does this player remind me of Sondre Olden.

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#3 Citizen David
August 16 2013, 11:03PM
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As an Oiler fan I'm not very familiar with Toronto's system. I'm looking forward to this series. Wondering what such wise all knowing writer's think of Rielly and Stuart and Biggs.

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#4 Citizen David
August 16 2013, 11:06PM
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Citizen David wrote:

As an Oiler fan I'm not very familiar with Toronto's system. I'm looking forward to this series. Wondering what such wise all knowing writer's think of Rielly and Stuart and Biggs.

See I forgot that his name is Stuart Percy and not Percy Stuart. I will be enlightened.

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#5 Jon Steitzer
August 16 2013, 11:11PM
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@Justin Fisher

I had a hard time excluding Lööv from my list

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#6 Tucker_93
August 16 2013, 11:50PM
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@Jon Steitzer

Lööv, what is it good for?

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#7 Thomas
August 17 2013, 05:18AM
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Should be interesting. Will the list reviewed have anyone potentially in the starting lineup? Might as well include their cap hit if they have one against the leafs.

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#9 Steve Dangle
August 17 2013, 09:16AM
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Justin Fisher wrote:

If he's not on the list? Absolutely nothing.

Huh, yeah.

The Loov Doctor?

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#10 firenonis
August 17 2013, 10:08AM
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PPP has rights on qualifying top leaf prospects and they have doing the top 25 under 25 for a few years now. Their bloggers are also much better at presenting advanced stats as applies to the leafs. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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#11 MaxPower417
August 17 2013, 10:25AM
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@firenonis

This troll infestation is getting bad.

Seeing as PPP and TLN often link to each others articles, and that nearly every blog does a similar countdown, obviously no one believes anyone has a monopoly on any such lists.

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#13 Steve Dangle
August 18 2013, 09:01PM
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Citizen David wrote:

As an Oiler fan I'm not very familiar with Toronto's system. I'm looking forward to this series. Wondering what such wise all knowing writer's think of Rielly and Stuart and Biggs.

Keep in mind that our rankings weren't unanimous, either. Not just the TLN hivemind.

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