How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 1 of the WJC?

Jess Pincente
December 26 2016 10:00PM

After an exciting opening day of the 2017 WJHC, teams have already begun to differentiate themselves as dominant.  Both USA and Sweden won by a score of 6-1 in their respective games, and Canada looked solid against Russia in their 5-3 victory.  

Today was a pretty good day for Leafs prospects at the WJC.  Carl Grundstrom had an exceptional game for Sweden, and Jeremy Bracco netted a single power play goal for the USA. Joseph Woll did not see a start today for the USA, and Martin Dzierkals and the Latvians struggled to defend against the Americans.  

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WJC Canada Postgame: Barzal Shines in Canada's Opener

Jess Pincente
December 26 2016 08:56PM

In their first game of the tournament, Canada took on Russia in an energetic and high scoring round-robin rematch of the 2015 gold medal game.  

Canada played a solid game, as Tyson Jost, Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome put on a show through 3 periods.  The team seemed to be working well together, and their play saw a noticeable improvement as the game progressed.  

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What To Expect From The Red & Blue Maple Leafs at the World Juniors

Jess Pincente
December 26 2016 02:17AM

It’s a great time of the year to be a hockey fan. The 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships are finally upon us, and the first day of the tournament is jam-packed with four games, including the exciting Group B matchup of Canada versus Russia.  This year, the tournament’s round robin will split time between Toronto and Montreal, with the medal rounds being played at the Bell Centre. Canada’s preliminary round will be played in Toronto.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have four prospects participating in the tournament this year, including Sweden’s Carl Grundstrom, Latvia’s Martin Dzierkals, and Team USA’s Jeremy Bracco and Joseph Woll.  

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #7 Andreas Johnson

Jess Pincente
August 25 2016 08:17AM


When you think of Swedish superstar forwards drafted in the seventh round, who exactly comes to mind? No, I'm not talking about Henrik Zetterberg or Daniel Alfredsson.  

Andreas Johnson clocks in at number seven on our 2016 top prospects list, and for good reason.  Johnson is a very exciting prospect who has often been looked over by the media.  In case you have not been paying close attention to the SHL, Johnson has been an offensive force to be reckoned with for Frölunda HC over the past two seasons, dominating in front of the net and lighting up the league.  Johnson is ready to make the transition to North America and potentially has a shot of making the Leafs out of training camp next season.  

Without further adieu, ranked at number seven, here is our prospect profile on Andreas Johnson.  

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #10 Nikita Soshnikov

Jess Pincente
August 22 2016 07:49AM


In March of 2015, not very many North American hockey fans recognized the name Nikita Soshnikov.  Only one year later, Soshnikov has become one of the most well-known prospects in the Leafs organization. Though his first North American season was not magnificent (points wise), Soshnikov certainly impressed upper management last season.  His skill set makes him an exciting player to watch, and he became a fan favourite in his brief 11-game NHL stint last season.  So, what exactly should we be expecting from 22-year-old Soshnikov in the upcoming season? What is he capable of producing, and what is his ceiling?

Coming in at number 10 in our TLN Top 20 feature is our very own Russian rocket, Nikita Soshnikov.  

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