Meet Anatoly Golyshev, who might be the world's best unsigned prospect

Jeff Veillette
February 28 2016 03:04AM

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UPDATE: We've followed this up with a piece on Golyshev's draft eligibility in 2016 and how he concluded his season. Click anywhere in this sentence to read on.

The "free wallet". Brian Burke popularized the phrase in the hockey world in the midst of his tenure with the Maple Leafs, to signify young, unrestricted free agent prospects added to the team without having to give up any form of compensation. The premise was sensible, even if most of his wallets turned out to have been empty. After all, why wouldn't you want to stock your cupboards up with as many potential NHLers as possible?

The hockey world stretches across many leagues in many countries, and in those leagues, you'll find a ton of players that are free to be picked off by NHL teams. Most aren't worth the aggravation, but every so often, somebody sticks out and catches the eye of the rest of the world.

But what if I told you that the best of these thousands of players isn't getting even the slightest bit of attention and that he's hidden in plain sight? Enter Anatoly Golyshev.

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Leafs Postgame: Boo Blanc et Rouge

Jeff Veillette
February 27 2016 09:07PM

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For many members of the Toronto Maple Leafs, tonight might be the end of the line. A solid half of tonight's roster has been speculated to be on the move heading into Monday's trade deadline, and most of the others are recent call-ups filling in the holes of the already depleted roster. It's firesale season, and the end result of tonight's game confirmed why. Despite the struggles that the Montreal Canadiens have had lately, the Leafs still couldn't muster up much more than a 4-1 defeat to their archrivals.

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If this is the end for James Reimer in Toronto, it was a heck of a run

Jeff Veillette
February 27 2016 05:14PM

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On a cold, harsh New Years Day in 2011, young James Reimer stole the Toronto Maple Leafs' net from Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Gustavsson and refused to give it back. That wasn't the Leafs' plan; many had the 22-year-old as a longshot to make the NHL for more than the odd emergency call up. But he proved them wrong.

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Marlies outperform, lose to Bears

Jeff Veillette
February 26 2016 08:05PM

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Sometimes, what you get out of life doesn't always equal the effort you put into it. The Toronto Marlies can definitely attest to this tonight, as an overwhelming effort against the Hershey Bears turned into a rare multi-goal loss and just their tenth regulation defeat of the season. Despite outshooting the Caps affiliate 39-20, the end result was a 5-2 final. 

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Leafs waive Jared Cowen, loan Rich Clune to Marlies

Jeff Veillette
February 26 2016 10:40AM

The Leafs wasted no time picking a course of action for Jared Cowen this afternoon, placing him on waivers while also loaning Richard Clune back to the Toronto Marlies.

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