TLN Top 10: Leafs Defencemen, 5-1

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 06 2015 10:00AM

Today, we continue to count down the ten best defencemen in Leafs history. Unlike Jon, who had to explain why he cut Rick Vaive, Phil Kessel, and Babe Dye, I don't have any cuts to explain. I will, however, tell you why I didn't include point-per-game leader Harry Cameron on my list. While one looks at his totals and screams "this dude was Karlsson and Green combined, what the hell?!", he played in an era where teams often had one defensive pairing and a rover. Points/60 wasn't a thing back then, but if it was, he'd probably be in Frazer McLaren territory. So, no Cameron.

Anyway, the top five.

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TLN Top 10: Leafs Defencemen, 10-6

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 05 2015 10:00AM

As the witty and handsome Jon Steitzer mentioned earlier this morning, we've successfully rounded out our All-Time Leafs team, and now have an opportunity to talk about who is better than who on these teams. To be honest, Jon had things a little bit easier than the rest of us; with thirteen forwards on the roster, he simply had to pick his ten favourite of the bunch. Defence, on the other hand? We had seven guys, and this is a top ten list. As such, we get to induct three players into the "participation ribbon" level of Leafs greats.

We're going to do that part today. Read on to see how it goes!

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Don't Talk To Me About Numbers

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 02 2015 12:51PM

Mitch Marner, a good hockey player who is going to be a very good rookie in whichever year the Leafs feel he's ready to make his debut, is still without a jersey number. So much so, that he did his Upper Deck photo shoot this week with just a nameplate on. Typically, he's worn #93, but now that he plays for his home team, he recognizes that taking the number that people associate with Doug Gilmour might be a little out of line.

Given the present culture, he's probably right. But why does that culture have to exist?

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REPORT: Leafs adding Dale Derkatch to scouting staff

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 02 2015 11:29AM

(On the far right; he is not actually Eric Fehr)

According to a report from News Kamloops' Gregg Drinnan, the Toronto Maple Leafs have further added to their scouting staff, hiring Prince Albert Raiders player personnel director Dale Derkatch to join the amateur wing. 

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Leafs Team: Phil Kessel

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 01 2015 08:50AM

As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.  

It's been a crazy few weeks, as we've combed through some of the greatest players in Leafs history to create an all-time team. We've spanned decades upon decades, going as far back as the 20's and 30's to grab the likes of Babe Dye and Charlie Conacher. Our goaltending rotation ranges from the present age of 44 to 89. The team's centre depth is about as good as it gets for any potential team; off the top of my head, only Montreal, Detroit, and Pittsburgh could definitely claim better options down the middle.

But we're still missing one more player on the wing. A top six winger, no less. While many will surely disagree with the selection, I don't think there's a better player left to choose than the recently departed Phil Kessel.

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