We're Asking The Wrong Questions About William Nylander

Justin Fisher
November 24 2015 04:21PM


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As you've probably already heard, Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect William Nylander is dominating the AHL. The 19-year old has a league-leading 23 points in 17 games, putting him on pace to become the AHL's first 100-point teenager

So, is William Nylander good enough to play in the NHL?

In a word, yes. These kinds of numbers are quite literally unheard of, and Nylander's skating and offensive skills are the kinds that can translate to the NHL easily. While he probably wouldn't establish himself immediately as an elite, big league player, he's good enough right now to play at least a minor role in an NHL offense.

That said, the question "Is Nylander good enough?" is fundamentally flawed. It's a narrow-minded way of approaching the extremely large and complex issue that is reworking and rebuilding the Leafs organization. This isn't all about Nylander, and if you start asking different questions you might find that the AHL is the best place for him to be right now.

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LGD: Bruins, More Like Booins

Justin Fisher
November 23 2015 01:32PM

You'll have to tune in and get your fill of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey action tonight, because it's going to be a long week for you otherwise. After tonight's game, the U.S. Thanksgiving schedule kicks in and the Leafs won't play again until Saturday night. On the plus size, that just means that Toronto has a full week of Mike Babcock practices, so I'll accept nothing less than a finely-tuned puck possession team come next weekend's date with the Washington Capitals. I predict Ovechkin won't even get a shot off.

But hey, let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Leafs play Boston tonight, and here's your primer...

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Petter Granberg Claimed on Waivers by Nashville

Justin Fisher
November 22 2015 10:49AM

Did you forget that Petter Granberg was actually on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster? Yeah, so did a lot of people.

Granberg has been out with an Achilles injury since the offseason and hasn't appeared in any games for the Leafs or Marlies yet this season. And as the 6'3, 201lb defender was technically a Leaf to begin the season, he needed to clear waivers in order to suit up for the Marlies.

Well, that didn't happen. A claim was made and the Leafs have lost Granberg to the Nashville Predators.

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Leafs Postgame: Reimer Stands On Head, Everyone Else Just Stands Around

Justin Fisher
November 21 2015 09:33PM


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When James Reimer arrived on the scene in 2010, former Leafs head coach Ron Wilson joked that Toronto fans were too eager to build a statue of Reimer outside the Air Canada Centre. Well, jokes on you Ron. You were fired years ago, and James is still here stopping pucks like a legend. 

I mean, he's not winning, but that's not the point...

Despite Reimer, the Boston Bruins came out ahead tonight with a 2-0 win over the Leafs. Here's your recap.

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Leafs Postgame: Nazem!

Justin Fisher
November 20 2015 09:24PM

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Another win, another two points in the standings. It's no big deal anymore, as the Leafs have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games after a 2-1 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes tonight. Not to sound like one of those mathletes, but Toronto now sits only three points out of a wildcard spot. 

Have the Leafs mastered Babcock's system? Has the organization found itself a true, number one goaltender? Is this a playoff team?

I mean, no... no... and no. None of that. But you're still probably enjoying this little run if you're not a card-carrying member of Tank Nation.

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