TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Lanny McDonald

Jon Steitzer
August 28 2015 07:57AM

Since we’re nearing the close of the TLN All-Time Leafs Team posts, I thought I’d take a slightly different approach with one of my favourite Leafs of all-time.

Lanny McDonald is a player I learned to love as a Leaf Benjamin Button style. As a child of the 80s I grew up knowing Lanny McDonald as a star player on the Flames, and as I started collecting hockey cards, Lanny’s Colorado Rockies cards were some of the favourites in my collection. It wasn’t until I moved to the GTA that I embraced Lanny as my favourite historical Leaf. It’s unlikely that McDonald’s time with the Leafs will ever see his number honoured (7 is already honoured for King Clancy and Tim Horton) and he’s probably not likely to earn a spot on Legend’s Row, but McDonald should be remembered as one of, if not the greatest scoring right wingers in Leafs history.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Leafs Team: Al Iafrate

Jon Steitzer
August 27 2015 01:58PM

The 80s where a magical time to be a Leafs fan, and by magical I mean hopeless and full of despair. It was a decade that taught Leafs fans to appreciate the little things like knowing that someday your favourite player would have the chance to win the cup for a contender, and that the Leafs could always count on being just good enough to be out of contention for drafting a player like Mario Lemieux.

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Marlies Schedule Released

Jon Steitzer
August 27 2015 11:17AM

In the exciting hockey-less days of August we've been #blessed with the AHL schedule release. 

We now know that the Marlies will have four games at the ACC (3 against St. John's, one against Portland), and they'll open the year with back to back games against the newly minted Manitoba Moose. 

Once again the Royal Winter Fair at the Ricoh Coliseum means that November will be when the Marlies have their longest road trip (seven games). Their longest home stand will be six games starting in mid February. 

The season closes with two games at home against the Rochester Americans on April 16th and 17th and the AHL All-Star game and skills competition are scheduled for January 31st and February 1st. 

The full schedule is available after the jump.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #7 Andreas Johnson

Jon Steitzer
August 27 2015 08:06AM

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One of the main criticisms of the 2013 Draft for the Leafs is that they didn’t swing for the fences in the first round and instead opted for a rather safe pick in Frederik Gauthier. After that initial decision the Leafs seemed to get increasingly more adventurous through the later rounds, ultimately drafting Andreas Johnson, a 5’10 Swedish winger, 202nd overall in the 7th round.

The pick was a departure from what the Leafs had done the rest of the draft as Johnson was three inches shorter than any other player selected, and was the only one who would spend the following season playing overseas. It was his strong showing the season after he was drafted, playing in the Swedish Hockey League, that initially put Andreas on our top 20 prospect list, and now two full seasons after being drafted he’s safely in our top 10, getting votes as high as being the 5th best prospect, and sits five spots ahead of the player the Leafs took in the first round of his draft year.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #12 Frederik Gauthier

Jon Steitzer
August 20 2015 08:00AM

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With the departure of Tyler Biggs this summer it seems that Frederik Gauthier is in prime position to assume Bigg’s role as the whipping boy of Leafs prospects. There’s part of me that agrees with this as there are limitations to Gauthier’s game, and I can’t get over that “he’s not who I would’ve picked” in the draft.

On the other hand, who I would’ve picked doesn’t really matter, and what Gauthier does, which is play responsible hockey, he’s done very well at in the junior ranks, but with the speed and size of his competition about to increase it will be interesting to see what Gauthier’s first pro season will look like.

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