Leafs Down Flyers 4-3 in Preseason Opener

Justin Fisher
September 15 2013 08:28PM

Little David Broll. Still terrifyingly huge.

Hey look, hockey is (kind of) back!

A handful of Leafs regulars and a supporting cast of hopefuls took down the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this evening at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, winning their first preseason game 4-3.

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TLN's Top Twenty Leafs Prospects - The Final List

Justin Fisher
September 14 2013 08:01AM

After a month of non-stop hot prospect action, The Leafs Nation's Top Twenty Prospects feature has come to an end.

As most of you likely expected all along, Morgan Rielly was named the Leafs' top prospect by our panel of writers. He heads up a group of seven defencemen who made the list, along with twelve forwards and a single goaltender. Since we released our countdown as twenty seperate articles, the least we could do is release one final article with the full list.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 1 - Morgan Rielly

Justin Fisher
September 13 2013 10:37AM

Name: Morgan Rielly
Position: Defence
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Size: 6’1", 205 lbs
2013 Team: Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 5th Overall in 2012

Morgan Rielly is The Leafs Nation’s 2013 Top Prospect. Well, obviously.

It’s really no surprise that Rielly, Toronto’s 5th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, took top billing – in fact, he received first place votes across the board. Rielly is the type of high-octane offensive defenceman that every NHL team covets, in the mould of a Kris Letang, Erik Karlsson or Keith Yandle.

Yes, I think he could be that good.

But no, I don’t think he should be in the NHL this year.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 3 - Frederik Gauthier

Justin Fisher
September 11 2013 10:35AM

Name: Frederik Gautheir
Position: Centre   
Hometown: Laval, Quebec
Size: 6’5", 214 lbs
2013 Team: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 21st Overall in 2013

(Photo: http://www.oceanic.qc.ca/)

Frederik Gauthier - the Toronto Maple Leafs' first round selection, 22nd overall in June's NHL Entry Draft - was the definition of a safe pick.

Gauthier put up solid numbers in his QMJHL rookie season, scoring 22 goals and 60 points in 62 games. Still, it seems like point production often takes a back seat to defensive play and face-off ability when talking about the 6'5 centre. 

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NHL 14 - Leafs Player Ratings

Justin Fisher
September 10 2013 04:40PM

Photo: EA Sports
I can't speak for all of you, but when I called in sick this morning, it was because I'm actually suffering from a cold. It wasn't because EA Sport's NHL 14 hit the shelves today - though, I still did manage to drag myself out of bed and pick it up.
 
Shut up.

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