TLN Consolidated 2016 Draft Rankings: January

Jon Steitzer
January 26 2016 10:00AM

As January comes to a close we are about to enter the time when conversations start shifting more and more towards the draft. This week we have the CHL Top Prospects game. Next week we’ll have probably have two of the most highly regarded draft lists released from Corey Pronman and from Bob McKenzie, both which carry significant influence in how the most people will regard the draft.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: January 24th Edition

Jon Steitzer
January 25 2016 08:59AM

It's Power Rankings Time! It's time to look back on the week that was, see the Leafs put up a 1-1-1 record, and basically assess everyone based on their trade value except for the legitimate praise directed at Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner. It's good to have traditions. This one is mine.

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Zaitsev Reaffirms His Intention of Joining the Leafs

Jon Steitzer
January 22 2016 03:00PM

When we last checked in on Nikita Zaitsev in November, Jeff Veillette reported 

The consensus is that Zatisev's mind is made up and that it has been made up since June. Zaitsev is personally committed to signing with the Leafs, and while his agent is allowing for other teams to make their approaches, it's more for the sake of not leaving stones unturned and having a contingency plan if anything falls through. As it stands, he was very impressed by what he's seen in Toronto and has bought in.

Today, not much has changed as Elliotte Friedman has reported: 

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Brad Boyes Friends Support Him At HIs 800th Game and Raise an Important Question

Jon Steitzer
January 22 2016 01:21PM

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(photo from Brad Boyes' twitter account)

Brad Boyes recently played his 800th game, and as you can see from the picture above, several of his friends were on hand to celebrate it with him, all wearing a different jersey from Boyes' lengthy career. 

This is a great accomplishment for the former Leafs draft pick and we here at TLN couldn't be happier for him. There is, however, one question that arises from this picture however...

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LGD: Oh Carolina

Jon Steitzer
January 21 2016 09:58AM

This is less about playing a game of hockey against the Carolina Hurricanes, and more about giving them a chance to scout James Reimer up close and personal to see if he can fit in with the Canes attempted playoff run.

With Cam Ward sidelined with concussion like symptoms, the Canes have gonna from having two struggling goaltenders to one who is playing terrible this season, in Eddie Lack. If there's a team out there that it makes sense to be all over landing Reimer tomorrow, it's the Canes, especially with Toronto's ability to take Cam Ward's salary off their hands. It's worth noting that the Canes have a second first round pick this year too (L.A.). 

So basically what I'm saying is, hope that Reimer has the game of his life and Lou Lamoriello watches the game while sitting beside Ron Francis tonight.

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