Leafs Roster Preview - James van Riemsdyk

Dom Luszczyszyn
October 05 2014 10:32AM

If there's one thing Burke did right - and I mean really right - it was stealing acquiring this fine young man from the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012 in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn, Seriously, go hug a Flyers fan right now, they're probably very sad on the inside. In a league where elite talent is extremely hard to come by, you have to give Burke credit for getting two offensive dynamos (the other being the Phil) that now form one of the most potent scoring duos in the league. All that's left now is to fill the black hole in the middle.

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Leafs Roster Preview - Cody Franson

Dom Luszczyszyn
September 19 2014 08:43AM

Since his arrival from Nashville in 2011, Cody Franson hasn't had a fair shake as a Leaf. The trade was a steal (thank you, Lebda), but the 6-foot-5 defender hasn't been utilized to his full potential. The penchant for Franson to make 'the big mistake' has put him in the coach's doghouse on numerous occasions and given Leafs management some commitment issues. After signing yet another one-year deal, Franson becomes a UFA after this season. With a glut of defensemen on the roster, his days as a Leaf are probably numbered.

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Leafs Roster Preview - Jonathan Bernier

Dom Luszczyszyn
September 14 2014 09:30AM

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You've been introduced to the young guns, now it's time for the big boys. Everyday, from now until the season opener, you'll get to know your favourite Leafs just a little bit better thanks to the beautiful people at TLN. 

The first Leaf on the docket is arguably the most important Leaf: goaltender Jonathan Bernier. 

That's funny to say in hindsight, because a large section of Leafs fans were adamant the Leafs didn't need him, period. The Leafs already had a great young goalie; one that took them to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Considering James Reimer's play during the lockout-shortened season, acquiring Bernier seemed unnecessary compared to other (still) pressing needs.

But the Leafs defensive ineptitude quickly proved that in order to even get a sniff of the playoffs, they would need Bernier and every single ounce of elite goaltending they could get out of him. And even that wasn't enough for a historically deficient team.

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TLN Top Twenty Leafs Prospects: #11 Greg McKegg

Dom Luszczyszyn
September 03 2014 08:30AM

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Greg McKegg's path to the NHL has been a bit up and down to say the least. 

That bumpy road has made it difficult to peg where his potential lies and how soon he can reach it (if that). The voting by the Leafs Nation staff made that pretty clear. Three of the nine writers put him firmly inside the top 10, two right at 10, while four had him outside. He may have improved one spot from his pre-season ranking last year, but dropped one from the mid-season ranking.

McKegg's journey begins with the 2007-2008 OHL Priority Selection where the Erie Otters chose him second overall. The following year he made his rookie debut with a modest 18 points. In his draft year he made a gigantic leap scoring 85 points in 67 games, but still, some scouts questioned whether his point totals were McKegg's own ability or a product of who he was playing with (which is funny in hindsight considering where Zach Torquato and Mike Cazzola are playing now). McKegg slipped to the third round where the Leafs gladly scooped him up at 62nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. 

When he was drafted, I'll admit, I had no idea who he was because I'd never seen him play. But I saw he had lots of points and an awesome name. To me that was enough convincing. I thought there was no way he wouldn't be an NHLer someday based on those factors alone.

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Good Toronto Boys (Thumbs Up!)

Dom Luszczyszyn
August 04 2014 09:30AM

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It’s August. With PK Subban finally signing a monster eight year deal with the Habs, hockey news has become scarce. 

It’s surprising that it took the Canadiens that long to figure it out with their franchise player, and for a while it looked like the two sides were miles apart. 

What was more surprising to me was that Subban signed for eight years. 

Why is that surprising? It’s because Subban is from Toronto and everyone knows that every kid from Toronto only dreams of playing for the Leafs.

He was slated to be a UFA in 2016 along with superstar centre Steven Stamkos. The two grew up in the GTA and even played on the same team for some time (pictured above). 

They could’ve done it again, playing for their hometown team, the team they grew up with. It would’ve been glorious.

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