We Might Need To Pump The Brakes on William Nylander at the WJCs

Justin Fisher
December 09 2015 05:12PM

Last week, we got pretty excited when Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet reported that William Nylander would be made available to Team Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championships. We got even more excited when the 'Tre Kronor' named him (along with fellow Maple Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov) to Sweden's preliminary roster

After Toronto Marlies General Manager Kyle Dubas joined Sportsnet 590's Brady & Walker this afternoon, though, it sounds like more than a few people jumped the gun on Nylander's involvement.

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WWYDW: Talking 'bout Stamkos

Justin Fisher
December 09 2015 03:53PM

We're going to make this one real damn simple. 

We've been talking about Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos a lot lately, especially since Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos poured an entire can of gasoline on the topic yesterday. Earlier today, Ryan Fancey followed that up with a great piece on why Toronto absolutely should try and sign Stamkos as a free agent, which was promptly followed up by the discovery that Stammer himself fave'd a tweet of a TSN story regarding the Leafs' pursuit of him

What a time to be alive!

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Marner's Big Weekend, a Bulldog Impresses and Other Prospect News

Justin Fisher
December 07 2015 05:30AM

We wrote a lot about Mitch Marner and his scoring exploits over the past three days, but let's dive in again just in case you tuned out over the weekend and need a refresher.

Marner was instrumental in three London Knights wins in three days, scoring a hat trick in both Friday's and Saturday's games. In all, Marner scored six goals and 11 points in three games. You don't need a complicated visual to tell you that's insane

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Mitch Marner Scores Second Hat Trick in Second Straight Day

Justin Fisher
December 06 2015 08:58AM

Another day, another three goals for Mitch Marner. No big deal.

What makes Marner's second hat trick in two games (in two days) is that this time he added two assists for five points on the night. Marner now sits tied for the lead in OHL scoring with linemate Christian Dvorak, both sporting 55 points in 24 game stat lines.

So here are the three goals in order... with the first of them bringing out all the teddy bears at the Knights' annual Teddy Bear Toss. The second is shorthanded, which just goes to show how dangerous Marner is on both special teams. And my God, look at that between the legs move. The skill is off the charts.

Big stick tap to /u/imhuge on /r/leafs for the streams.


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Leafs Postgame: Leafs Win. Wait, What Just Happened?

Justin Fisher
December 05 2015 08:06PM


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In the pregame, I was pretty certain the Leafs would lose tonight. I mean, one of the worst teams in the league going up one of the Western Conference's finest? Yeah, I put money on that any day. 

But hey, I was wrong, and it was very fun to be wrong tonight. Toronto wins 4-1 off a two-goal performance from Nazem Kadri and a great bounceback effort from Garret Sparks.

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