August 20 2015 08:00AM
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.
August 18 2015 09:50AM
The word ‘compete’ rang in the air, was whispered, was sighed. You would think they were praying to it. A taint of imbecile rapacity blew through it all, like a whiff from some corpse. By Gord! I’ve never seen anything so unreal in my life. And outside, the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.
August 13 2015 09:48AM
August seems to unofficially be prospect month. Here at TLN we have our Top 20 Prospects counting down (Valiev at #17 up today), our besties over at PPP have their Top 25 Players Under 25 and one of our favourite prospect gurus, Corey Pronman, is hard at work compiling rankings of future NHLers over at ESPN (believe me Corey's work is worth the price of insider access.)
August 09 2015 02:48PM
We’ve reached the end of our Reliving journey and come to think of it, we should’ve Benjamin Buttoned this thing so we could end on the high note of the Quinn years instead of a season that saw the Leafs with their highest draft selection since the Leafs picked Scott Thornton in 1989. This is also the year you just had to endure and would probably love to forget. Compared to some of the other seasons we’ve discussed this is far from the worst. We saw the Leafs do a few things to set themselves up for success further down the road, and we closed the door on the Carlyle era, the Nonis era, and unfortunately the Kessel era. So once more unto the breach, dear friends…
August 06 2015 03:00PM
The 2011-12 Season is a special season in Leafs history. It was the season the Leafs decided that they were going to go from being just awful to being some kind of performance art celebrating how truly awful a team can be. Really it was a season that was doomed from the start as trading up to draft Tyler Biggs is a sign that your organization is being navigated towards some choppy seas.