TLN Roundtable: Time to get a Centre?

Justin Fisher
November 15 2013 12:40PM

We're excited to bring you a new recurring feature - the TLN Roundtable. Every week, we'll pose a Leafs-related question to our writers, gather the various opinions, post the answers, and create internal tension and hatred amongst us. Then you, the reader, get to tell us how wrong we all are in the comments!

This week's question...

The Leafs are seriously thin down the middle... Should Toronto make a trade for another centre or stand pat and ride it out?

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Leafs Prospect Update: November 11, 2013

Justin Fisher
November 11 2013 07:05PM

(Photo: Dmitri Filopovic / Nations)

Frederick Gauthier - C - Rimouski (QMJHL)

Despite not burying a puck in his past five games, Frederik Gauthier had a nice little weekend, contributing with three assists in two Rimouski victories. Gauthier's 19 points in 19 games is a significant reason why the Oceanic currently sit 5th in the QMJHL, with a 13-6-4 record.
In non-Rimouski news, Gauthier will be joining Team QMJHL in the Subway Super Series a week from today, as the top players in the league will take on a team of Russian Selects in Gatineau, Quebec. Assuming Gauthier sticks in the lineup for the second game, he’ll again play with Team QMJHL in Sherbrooke on the 20th. Last year, Team QMJHL and Russia split their two game series with a win apiece.

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POSTGAME - Leafs Beat Devils in Shootout

Justin Fisher
November 08 2013 10:32PM


In their first game since last Saturday’s clunker, the Maple Leafs returned to action with a 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils. With the victory, the Leafs improve to 11-5-0, and are tied with Pittsburgh and Tampa atop the Eastern Conference standings.

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Leafs Prospect Update: November 5, 2013

Justin Fisher
November 05 2013 06:04PM

Connor Brown - RW - Erie (OHL)

Despite the Otters’ 11 game win streak coming to an end, winger Connor Brown had another big weekend. Brown netted a hat trick in a 6-0 Erie romp over the Niagara Ice Dogs, and added another goal and assist in a 6-2 loss to the London Knights. A five point weekend helped Brown strengthen his hold on the OHL scoring race - with 15 goals and 21 assists in 17 games, Brown’s 36 points is five up on second place.

And while the mountains of goals and assists are nice, Brown recently revealed in an interview with Hockey’s Future’s Jason Menard that it’s his plus-minus numbers that he gets excited about: 

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Leafs Prospect Update: October 28, 2013

Justin Fisher
October 28 2013 03:09PM


Matt Finn  - D - Guelph Storm (OHL)

This is a real statement year for Matt Finn, the Leafs’ second round pick in 2012. While 11 goals and 31 points in 41 games last season is nothing to shake a stick at, Finn will look to stay healthy and take a step forward in what should be his last year in Junior.

Early on, it looks like he’s well on his way. Finn scored a goal and an assist in Sunday’ 7-4 Guelph victory over London, and is currently working a nine game point streak that includes three goals and seven helpers. With 14 points in 13 games so far this season, Finn ranks fourth in OHL scoring amongst defencemen.

We named Finn our 5th best Leafs prospect back in September, and with Colborne now wearing a Flames jersey, he now ranks a spot higher. At 6’1, 204lb, Finn has good size to go along with a strong two-way game and hard shot. He’s right up there with Stuart Percy as the Leafs’ best defensive prospect outside of Morgan Rielly.

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