October 11 2015 09:22PM
Now that the NHL regular season is underway and all of the organization's prospects have returned to their respective junior and club teams, it's about that time we kick off another year of weekly prospects updates.
When I joined TLN, this was my gig - prospect reports. Looking back, I spent my first year fawning over Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors and not a whole lot else. In my first ever TLN article, I wrote about Rielly, Joshua Leivo, Stuart Percy and Garret Sparks - not because they were doing anything remarkable, but because they were the best prospects in the organization.
Fast track to today, and we can see just how far this group has come. Rielly is on his way to becoming a legitimate top pairing talent, while Leivo, Percy, and Sparks are all pro hockey players with the Toronto Marlies. The good news is that none of the latter three are considered top prospects any longer, having been passed over by a number of extremely talented kids that the Leafs have since drafted or acquired by trade. The organization has as good a prospect pool as it has ever had, and that's why following them closely this year will be such a blast.
Let's get started...
October 11 2015 09:43AM
The season is under way and the Toronto Maple Leafs have jumped out to an amazing lead for last place in the NHL. Don't worry, though - your boys in blue might be losing at hockey, but TLN is winning at #content. Look at all the cool stuff we posted this week...
October 10 2015 09:10PM
I can't imagine Mike Babcock envisioned losing his first three games behind the Leafs' bench, but this is likely what he meant by "there will be pain". Despite seeing Toronto's offence come on for the first time this season, a four-goal outburst wouldn't be enough to get by the Ottawa Senators, losing 5-4 in the shootout.
October 10 2015 07:30PM
On this evening's Saturday Headlines segment during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman gave us a quick update on college standout Jimmy Vesey and his potential pending free agency.
Could Toronto already have an inside track? Read past the jump for the full details...
October 09 2015 12:51PM
In Toronto's opening season loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, we saw what looked like a completely different Maple Leafs team than we watched last year. A strong possession game, an abandon of the dump-and-chase... A noticeable lack of skill and finish. We don't expect this team to win a lot of games this season, but it'll still be worth tuning in if this Mike Babcock team can but in the same consistent effort on a daily basis.