Leafs Acquire Kozun from Los Angeles

Justin Fisher
January 22 2014 05:27PM

I guess one way to be more like the Los Angeles Kings is to trade with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs swapped minor league forwards with Los Angeles this evening, sending Andrew Crescenzi to the Kings for right winger Brandon Kozun.

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: #15-#11

Justin Fisher
January 22 2014 06:17AM

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#15 - Garret Sparks - G (Toronto, AHL)

Goaltenders are difficult to judge so I'll keep this brief, but Sparks is the most advanced Leafs goalie prospect in the system and has excellent social media game, which makes him Top 15 candidate. 
 
A strong .924 save percentage in 495 minutes with the Orlando Solar Bears makes up for a disappointing .891 save percentage in 295 minutes with the Toronto Marlies, but those are goalies and small samples. Limited playing time recently due to playing behind a strong Drew MacIntyre in Toronto, but goalies take longer anyway. - Cam Charron
 

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: #20 - #16

Justin Fisher
January 21 2014 06:06AM

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#20 - Dominic Toninato - C (Minnesota-Duluth, NCAA)

For those who say there aren't any top six potential forwards in the Leafs system, they have been ignoring the University of Minnesota Duluth. Toninato is the younger of the two Leafs prospects on the team, and is a lightning fast, smallish player that has proven he can put up points on the third line at decent clip for a freshman (4 goals, 5 assists in 17 games). 
 
While he is still a longshot and off the radar for many, those who value skill above grit have someone to look forward to despite the organizations goal of developing the deepest bottom six forward group in the league. Toninato’s drop in our rankings is largely due to increased excitement over the 2013 draft and not a decline in productivity. - Jon Steitzer
 

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings: Honourable Mentions

Justin Fisher
January 20 2014 07:47AM

 

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In most cases, being an “honourable mention” is not much to be proud of. Not the case when it comes to our Top 20 Leafs Prospect Midterm Rankings - at least these guys all showed up on someone’s top twenty list! There’s a number of prospects who didn’t, and they brought great shame upon their families. Out of respect, we won’t publish those names.

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Introducing the TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects: Midterm Rankings

Justin Fisher
January 19 2014 02:14PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have played 50 games this season, which is a little more than half the schedule, which makes it still kind of appropriate for The Leafs Nation to release our TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospect Midterm Rankings.

We polled our writers - Cam, Steve, Jeff, Jim, John, Ryan, and yours truly - for their top prospects, threw them into a spreadsheet, worked some mathematical magic, and here we are… the twenty best prospects in the organization, several honourable mentions, and a handful of players who didn’t receive a single vote. Aww :’(

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