September 10 2013 01:09AM
I remember Stuart Percy's draft day.
While covering the 2011 Memorial Cup in Mississauga, I met Percy about a month before his draft day. Percy was playing for the host Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (now the Steelheads), and while he wasn't the biggest name on the team, he was making some of the biggest headlines.
Ranked 53rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, it looked like Percy would go somewhere around the 3rd round. Brian Burke spoke very highly of Percy however, and suggestions came out that not only would the Leafs like to draft him in the 1st round, but that he may not even still be available by that point.
I was DMing Stuart on Twitter the day before and the day of the draft. Nothing in particular, until around zero hour.
September 09 2013 09:15PM
The boys are very sleepy, but they talk about Nazem Kadri (surprise!), NHL 14, Mason Raymond, Twitter feuds, and Jeffler calls in with a very awkward Tyler Bozak encounter.
September 07 2013 11:03PM
Hey look! The Leafs coughed up a late le- OK there's only so many times I can make that joke.
The Leafs remain undefeated in rookie tournament action as they top the Pittsburgh Penguins rookies 4-3 in the shootout.
Here's a brief recap, followed by some thoughts.
September 05 2013 09:30PM
It wasn't pretty, but the Leafs' rookies pulled off a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks' rookies in the shootout in their rookie tournament debut.
Rather than go through scoring chances and stats like Cam would during the regular season and playoffs, here's simply what happened, and some thoughts.
September 05 2013 08:03AM
When I saw Josh Leivo come in at #7, I was pretty shocked. I had ranked him #2 overall, and #1 among Leafs forward prospects.
I still remember when Leivo was drafted in 2011. The Leafs picked him in the 3rd round, 86th overall, and the kid wasn't even ranked by NHL Central Scouting. He had a modest 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points in 64 games in his draft year with Sudbury, but a strong second-half probably caught the Leafs' attention.