February 07 2015 07:22PM
#5 - Josh Leivo
For a couple of years now, it’s seemed like Josh Leivo is right on the cusp of earning his keep with the big club. Since wrapping up a strong junior career with the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers, Leivo has done nothing but produce in the pros. The former third-round pick scored 23 goals in his debut season in the AHL last year. This year, he has 13 points in 22 AHL games. Not stellar numbers, but steady. Leivo also measures well in shot-based metrics: he’s averaging 2.64 shots on goal on a per-game basis this year. Most eventual top-nine NHL forwards average in the realm of 3 per game in the minors.
February 07 2015 02:10PM
Today should have been a great day. With the Edmonton Oilers in town, it would have been the perfect opportunity to make fun of such a terrible, miserable, no good organization that hasn't won crap for years and can't seem to pull themselves out of the NHL's basement despite first overall pick after first overall pick after first overall pick.
But no. The Toronto Maple Leafs had to go and lose their franchise record eleventh game in a row last night. They're just as terrible, miserable, and no good an organization than the Oilers. We've reached the lowest of lows here, people.
February 06 2015 08:01PM
At some point, something's gotta give. The Leafs once again outshot and outchanced an opponent, but left the ice tonight with nothing to show for it. Well, that's not entirely true. They leave New Jersey with an impressive 11-game losing streak, after dropping tonight's contest against the Devils by a score of 4-1.
And so help me Hockey Gods, if I hear another person try to tell me it's a "winless streak" and not a "losing streak", I'm going to drop hockey forever.
February 06 2015 05:53PM
Earlier today, I urged the Leafs to start making trades and set the market. This isn't exactly what I meant, but hey, I'm glad Toronto's front office reads The Leafs Nation.
Toronto has traded Carter Ashton, 23, and David Broll, 22, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional 7th round pick in 2016.
February 06 2015 12:08PM
Photo: Dave Nonis, probably?
It's pretty fantastic that the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to begin receiving offers on their potential trade pieces as early as next week.
To recap, we've heard much over the past few days about which Leafs players will be available. Cody Franson, Tyler Bozak, Mike Santorelli, Daniel Winnik - all of them are expected to garner good interest and equally good offers as the March 2nd NHL Trade Deadline approaches, and I'm sure a number of other Leafs players will generate some buzz as well. TSN's Darren Dreger has mentioned Joffrey Lupul and Korbinian Holzer as two more players potentially on the move.