February 02 2015 01:18PM
Welcome to the TLN Top Twenty Leafs Prospects Midterm Ranking, where we judge and scrutinize very young people and tell them they probably won't realize their dreams. I mean, maybe if we were ranking some other team's prospects then, yeah, sure. But no. Not here.
Eight writers from the TLN staff submitted their updated Top Twenty lists over the weekend and the votes have been tallied. Today, we'll focus on our Honourable Mentions, who all received votes in at least one writer's list, but didn't have enough votes to crack our overall Top Twenty.
A note on criteria... We defined prospects and players 23 years of age or younger, and having played less than 60 NHL games to date. So, for example, a guy like Carter Ashton (23 years old, 54 NHL games played) barely made the list of eligible prospects.
February 02 2015 10:22AM
First, let's get this out of the way... I don't want to trade Cody Franson. He's a handsome man and good hockey player and I'd love to have him stick around Toronto for the forseeable future. That being said, even more than not wanting to trade him do I not want him to walk for nothing at the end of the season.
So what can you get for him? At first, I dreamed of a first round pick, or maybe a second and a good prospect. Or maybe like, a really great prospect? That'd be super.
But I also have to consider that Franson is just a rental (for now), and that the market could be saturated with top four defencemen (Keith Yandle, Zbynek Michalek, Tyler Myers, etc.), and that these factors could hurt Franson's trade value.
February 01 2015 09:03PM
Johnson Gearing Up CHL Finals
If you're not doing anything Tuesday afternoon and have a several bucks to drop on an online viewing pass, I'd suggest tuning in to watch Andreas Johnson and his Frolunda Indians face off against Lulea HF for the inaugural Champions Hockey League finals.
February 01 2015 09:56AM
With word getting around that the Toronto Maple Leafs are scouting the Los Angeles Kings again this evening, we've officially left 'routine scouting' territory and we're pretty securely in 'something's going down' town.
January 31 2015 04:39PM
Wow, time flies when you're losing a lot of hockey games. It's been five years to this very day since Dion Phaneuf was traded by the Calgary Flames along with Frederik Sjostrom and Keith Aulie to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Matt Stajan, Ian White, Nicklas Hagman and Jamal Mayers.