Marlies Open Training Camp

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 18 2013 02:26PM

While Leafs training camp continued to run its inevitable course, the Toronto Marlies took in yesterday's first cuts (with the addition of a few others) and began doing preparation of their own for the upcoming season today at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence. 

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Leafs Make First Cuts / D'Amigo's Leadership Leap?

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 17 2013 02:27PM

With two preseason games over and done with, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made their first set of cuts. Frederick Gauthier, Ryan Rupert, and Kevin Raine (non-signed invite) were sent to their respective junior teams for another year of development, but in the short term, they've also cut eleven other players, who have found their way to the Toronto Marlies roster in anticipation of their training camp. 

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In Defence of Tyler Bozak

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 09 2013 11:58PM

As we've made very, very clear here on TheLeafsNation.com, Tyler Bozak is probably being paid too much for too long to play in a role he probably shouldn't be by the Toronto Maple Leafs. With that considered, we've all beat up on him quite a bit all offseason. Some (points fingers at self) of us to his face. But hey, I bet one can think of some things we do like about them. Steve and Adam asked me on yesterday's podcast to see if I was able to think of some, and you know what? There are a few things worth bringing up:

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Mason Raymond Joins Leafs on PTO

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 08 2013 08:03PM

Do you have a player that you know is far from a superstar, probably won't hit his originally thought potential, and might even make too much money for what he contributes to his team, but you're a massive fan despite all rational thought? The Canucks are my "second team". They have been almost as long as the Leafs have been my first (thanks, Pavel Bure). Mason Raymond, to me, is "that player".

As such, I'm more than happy to see that he will be reporting to Leafs training camp as part of a Professional Tryout. Here's what you should know... 

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 6 - Jesse Blacker

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 08 2013 01:21PM

Name : Jesse Blacker

Position: Defense   
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Size: 6’1, 190 lbs
2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 2nd Round, 58th Overall in 2009

Before we get into the article, I'd like to apologize for the mix up in the order of these posts over the past couple of days. Steve thought I was writing this post. I thought Steve was writing this post. Friday came, and we both pointed fingers at each other. We decided that I'd write it, because I originally wanted to be the one who wrote it, and he's a Marlies player. As well, the blog on Matt Finn came out a couple of days early, because is busy for the next few days (getting married!). He saved it as a draft, and somebody jumped the gun and pressed publish before it's proper release on Monday. We're back on track, though!

Now, with all of that said, I'm happy to be writing this piece. I had Blacker ranked third on my list of prospects, higher than anybody other than Justin, who had him in the same spot. Understandably, it's been four years since he was drafted and he's not the "shiny new toy" pick any more, and some are starting to expect less, but after watching him all of last year, I'm very excited for what he can do moving forward. 

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