September 08 2015 08:06PM
NHL 16 hits shelves next week, and ahead of its much anticipated release, EA Sports met up with hockey's top prospects at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase and asked them how they think their player ratings will stack up.
Representing the Toronto Maple Leafs, Connor Brown, Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen spent some time together guessing at each others ratings as well as their own.
Brown, easily the most humble and least dickish of all the prospects (good Toronto boy), guessed that he was rated 67 overall. Marner, a nice and supportive friend, responded with an "Oh my God!", as in "Oh my God! You are so much better than a 67".
September 07 2015 10:32AM
We completed our TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects run on Friday when Mitch Marner was named our #1, but we thought it important to quickly recap the entire list. Click past the jump for a brief overview on each prospect and a link to the original piece!
September 04 2015 10:55AM
It literally could not be any closer.
During our voting process, Mitch Marner edged out William Nylander as the Toronto Maple Leafs' top prospect by just a single vote, with four of the seven voters leaning Marner and three leaning Nylander.
Personally, I went back and forth on the matter several times before submitting my final list. At first, I leaned Nylander. A true blue chip prospect when he was drafted by the Leafs with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Nylander still somehow managed to exceed expectations with both MODO and the Toronto Marlies last season. His scoring clip - 20 points in 21 games in the SHL, 32 in 37 in the AHL - as an 18-year old in both leagues was insane.
Then I started gravitating towards Marner, who was still playing junior hockey against admittedly lesser competition, but putting up a significant amount of points in his own right. The Markham, Ontario native scored 44 goals and 126 points in 63 games with the London Knights of the OHL, which is just about as impressive as Nylander's accomplishments as a first year pro.
Why Marner over Nylander, then?
September 02 2015 04:39PM
We did it. It took us nearly a month, but we at TLN have finally named our all-time greatest Leafs team. It's a sight to behold - the organization's best talent, stretching from Babe Dye in 1919 all the way to Phil Kessel in 2015.
Continue on for a summary of all our All-Time Team picks, as well as our final lineup and All-Time coaching staff. If you disagree with our picks, don't hesitate to leave a comment! You'll still be wrong, since we are right, but hey...
Kidding! Check out your Toronto Maple Leafs All-Time Team past the jump...
August 26 2015 04:44PM
I'm going to go ahead and call out my fellow TLN writers (except for Jeffler, who's more of a Canucks writer anyway, lol) for ranking Connor Brown too low. I had Brown as the Toronto Maple Leafs' fourth best prospect, while all of the other voters (except Jeff) did not. They are all wrong.
In last year's midterm ranking, Brown sat in the #4 spot (while I ranked him third). With no major prospect graduations, a great 2015 draft and a Phil Kessel trade since those rankings took place, it was to be expected that Brown could be pushed down a few spots through no fault of his know. But to drop all the way down to eight is insane and unjust. Maybe I am too bullish on Brown, but I think I have good reason.