Rookie Leafs cough up late lead, beat baby Pens in shootout

Steve Dangle
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.

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Leafs beat Blackhawks 3-2 in Rookie Tournament debut

Steve Dangle
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.

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Steve Dangle
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.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - September 4, 2013 - Leafs Twitter Wars

Steve Dangle
September 05 2013 07:38AM

The guys talk about all the Leafs' current issue (and there are many), Sean Avery, and Steve has a 5-way conversation with himself. Oh, and we're selling t-shirts now (click here to buy one)...OH, and we're giving away an XBOX 360 and you need to listen to have a chance to win it.

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Steve Dangle
August 28 2013 08:52AM


Name: Garret Sparks
Position:  Goalie
Hometown:  Elmhurst, IL
Size:  6'3, 205 lbs
2013 Team:  Guelph Storm, Toronto Marlies

Acquired:  Draft, 7th Round, 2011

We’ve ranked Garrett Sparks as the Leafs’ 13th-best prospect. So what? What does that even mean?

I know for me personally, Sparks changed places more times than any other Leafs prospect while I was making my ranking list. The main reason for that is because he’s a goalie, and he’s the only goalie who made the Top 20 list. Is Sparks a better goalie than Carter Ashton is a forward? What about Greg McKegg or Jerry D’Amigo? How about Matt Finn as a defenceman? That’s difficult to judge. I must have bumped Sparks up or down a spot 10 times before plunking him here at 13.

What we were able to agree on as a staff here at, is that Garret Sparks is the Leafs’ best goaltending prospect.

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