William Nylander on pace for historic production levels as World Juniors Loom

Jeff Veillette
December 25 2015 06:35PM

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Don't say that we didn't warn you. Earlier in the season, we hypothesized on this site that William Nylander could, in theory, score 100 points in the AHL this season. The post was heavily criticized as insane and highly biased. It's now Christmas Day and despite a "slump" of "just" five points in as many games before heading to Helsinki for the World Juniors, he's still on pace for 95 over 76 games.

Rather than stick to the "we told you so", this post aims to double down. At this point in time, William Nylander is the best player in the AHL, and arguably the best player to ever play at this level in his age range.

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On the Toronto Marlies' historic start, and trying to maintain it moving forward

Jeff Veillette
December 24 2015 06:58AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't the only team in the organization on Christmas Break. Most of the North American hockey world has gone on holidays, so the Toronto Marlies aren't doing anything special, but this still appears to be a good time to evaluate their position relative to the rest of the league, and years past.

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Leafs Postgame: Howling Defeat

Jeff Veillette
December 23 2015 12:31AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs entered tonight's game looking to hold on to some of the momentum that began their road trip. Fresh off scoring 12 goals in their previous two games and a sudden reincarnation for Jonathan Bernier, the team pointed their sights at the Arizona Coyotes; a team ahead of them in the standings, but not far out of the lottery race themselves. The sixty minutes that ensued were interesting though most of the scoreboard action occurred in a very short stretch of time.

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Leafs at the World Juniors: When Canada was Toronto's Team

Jeff Veillette
December 22 2015 03:26AM

A lot has been made of the Leafs' presence at the World Juniors this year. I can't blame the masses; the Leafs are sending five prospects, two of which amongst the world's best in William Nylander and Mitch Marner, another blue-chipper in Kasperi Kapanen, an underdog in Dmytro Timashov, and a steady secondary addition to team Canada in Travis Dermott. All five of these guys could end up being NHLers. But what if I told you that there was a year that Leafed at levels beyond comprehension?

Let me take you back to 2003. Specifically, we'll head to team Canada.

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Leafs Postgame: Homecoming Hat Trick

Jeff Veillette
December 21 2015 10:51PM

Tyler Bozak may have been born in Regina, but his hockey birth came in Colorado. After a few years of decent to very good numbers in the BCHL, the centre made the jump to the University of Denver, where he went from undrafted player with an outside shot to one of the hottest-pursued college free agents of the modern era. The Leafs may have won the bidding war (sorry, Ottawa), but to this day, the 29-year-old still calls Denver a second home, even visiting from time to time.

This visit, however, was less than friendly, as Bozak picked up a Hat Trick as part of his team's push to a 7-4 victory.

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