TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 12 - Greg McKegg

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 29 2013 01:03AM

 

Name: Greg McKegg
Position: Centre / Left Wing
Hometown: St. Thomas, Ontario (near London)
Size: 6'0, 185 lbs
2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Drafted 62nd overall (3rd Round) in 2010 Entry Draft 

Trying to get a feel for McKegg's potential has been a bit of a challenge since the day he was drafted. On one hand, the Leafs could have had a steal, picking up one of the most improved players in the OHL (18 points in 64 games in 2008/09 to 85 points in 67 games in 2009/10). On the other hand, it could have just been the case of a player going up the ranks and making the most of an opportunity handed to him. But everybody was prepared to see him through. After all, he appeared to have an uncanny ability to find ways to score, and at the worst case, the Leafs were down a mid-range draft pick.

Lets hit fast foward a bit. 

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Quick Thought: Stat Tracking

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 28 2013 12:25PM

Michael Traikos had an interesting piece in the National Post about Jay McClement, his big year last year, and his thoughts on the Leafs moving forward. That's cool, and deserved - McClement was a massive help to the penalty kill last year, and produced above everybody's expectations. But a couple of things stated are a bit peculiar and are worth noting/counter-pointing:

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Mailbag: The Return

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 19 2013 09:21PM

So, the mailbag disappeared for a little bit. I'm a horrible person and forgot that it was Monday for two consecutive weeks. The third week, the bulk of what I got was hate mail. On top of that, I've disappeared for a bit, because I've been stuck between a mixture of family stuff, and being sick. With that said, all is good now, soI figure we should kick things off with a mailbag. For future reference, I'm also changing the Mailbag schedule. By that, I mean there isn't one. When we have enough questions and responses done to put out a mailbag, it'll be out. So, the ball is in everybody's court. If you want frequent mailbags, leave frequent questions. If not, don't.

Questions can now be left at our new, shiny AskFM page. Questions not pertaining to the Leafs or to TheLeafsNation will be ignored. Valid questions that can't be fit into a mailbag post will be answered directly on the page. Now, without further ado...

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Bad Signing Loses Primary Reasoning

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 03 2013 10:45AM

There's a grocery list of reasons to not like Tyler Bozak being in Toronto for five more years at 4.2 million dollars per. He's nearly incapable of scoring without Phil Kessel, the penalty kill improved when he was given fewer minutes, his possession stats below average, his faceoff advantage is negligible at best, he's the least productive player on his line by a mile, he's the least productive top-end faceoff taker in the league, he quantifiably has less chemistry with Kessel than the bulk of the competing Leafs centres over the years and several defencemen, and he cut his hair. I could keep going, but that's for another day.

Lets look on the bright side today. They kept Phil Kessel's best friend! After all, it doesn't matter how good you are if you keep the star player happy, right? Pay the man what he wants and let objectively better players go to stay under the salary cap. You're happy to have your best friend on the team back, right Phil? 

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Leafs Twitter Says Dumb Thing

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 01 2013 02:41PM

You know it's a slow news day when you're talking about something posted by a team social media account, but... yeesh. 

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