TLN Monday Mailbag: September 5th

Jeff Veillette
September 05 2016 08:15AM

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Don't look into it, but I'm back! I took a week and change off in the doggiest of dog days in the summer, hoping to recharge my internal battery. While it was a bit of a roller coaster of the mind (shutting your work brian only to realize that you do your hobbies for a living leads to a lot of boredom-driven introspection if you aren't prepared), I've returned a day early with an overflow of ideas. And Mailbag questions. There were a lot this week, but here are the five that seemed most immediately intriguing:

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #4 Nikita Zaitsev

Jeff Veillette
August 30 2016 07:00AM

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The Leafs have done a world-class job at replenishing their prospect pool with world-class players, which typically means that the proverbial classroom is going to look a little more like High School than Post-Grad. So, with that considered, it's a bit of a surprise to see a 25-year-old rookie acquired four months ago at the 4th spot of our rankings.

But Nikita Zaitsev isn't your average prospect. He went unnoticed for much of his youth, hidden behind a slow development curve and other competing talent in a far away land. But he's finally ready to create excitement, and all signs point to him being able to do so from Day 1.

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Maple Leafs release 2016 Rookie Tournament Roster

Jeff Veillette
August 26 2016 08:40AM

We know the Toronto Maple Leafs have an abundance of prospects, but that doesn't mean much until you actually get to see them play hockey in the right sweater. September is usually an opportunity to do just that, as much of the system gets an opportunity to show themselves in an annual rookie tournament hosted in London, Ontario (home of the Lorem Ipsums). 

With that tournament just weeks away, the Leafs have released their roster. It is as follows, via the official site:

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Jhonas Enroth to take place of Lehner at World Cup

Jeff Veillette
August 26 2016 08:21AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are once again putting their footprint on the rest of the hockey world, as Team Sweden announced a change in their roster which will give Leafs fans an opportunity to watch their new backup goalie do backup things at the Air Canada Centre slightly earlier than expected. 

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London Knights something something something

Jeff Veillette
August 25 2016 06:10PM

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The London Knights had a big parade and ceremony to celebrate their absolute steamrolling of junior hockey en route to the 2016 Memorial Cup today. This pertains to the Leafs because the team was led by Mitch Marner, supplemented by JJ Piccinich, and has Mark Hunter influence scrawled all over it. Also, the entire universe revolves the Toronto Maple Leafs, and as such, every story involves them, as was pointed out by a quick-eyed Ryan Pyette on Twitter.

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