TLN Prospect Profile: #5 Jeremy Bracco

Bobby Cappuccino
August 31 2015 08:09AM


When the Leafs traded their 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft to move down, I was a little upset. Others questioned the move too - with Travis Konecny still on the board, why not take him and run away laughing? But I was sad for a different reason - TLN favourite Jeremy Bracco was still available, and he most certainly wouldn’t be by the time the Leafs picked again. Or so I thought.

When it got to the Leafs 34th overall pick, I expected them to call Bracco’s name. With that pick, the Leafs took Travis Dermott, once again breaking my heart. But then finally...pick #61. Mark Hunter calls Bracco’s name, and he is a Leaf. Pure euphoria. For me. I am sure it was great for Bracco and his family as well.

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Intangibles - worth every million. #MyColumn

Bobby Cappuccino
August 25 2015 11:00AM

The Age of Analytics has helped us understand the value of players whose boxcars don't necessarily help them buy cars. Instead, it has helped players turn possessing the puck into possessing a mansion. 

But somehow, analytics have cast a negative light on the group who are most vital to winning - character players.

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The Best Jersey Sponsor for Every NHL Team #MyColumn

Bobby Cappuccino
August 19 2015 05:20PM


With ads on jerseys becoming an inevitability, worries about sponsor logos on sacred NHL jerseys is at fever pitch. The thing is, people aren't thinking about this correctly - proper sponsorships won't even be noticeable.

Don't believe me? I thought you might feel that way, so I came up with suggestions for each team for who their sponsor should be and why. I think that after reading this, you'll see that you were wrong and that sponsorships are good.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #13 Nikita Soshnikov

Bobby Cappuccino
August 19 2015 09:00AM


The Most Eventful Season in Maple Leafs History has seen a lot of changes, most of which have contributed to the revitalization of the prospect pool. Adding players like Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen to the top tier of a system that already featured William Nylander is one way to do that.

One of the more under-the-radar “stocking the cupboard” moves this offseason was the signing of Nikita Soshnikov, a Russian right winger. At 5’11 and 183 pounds, Soshnikov is one of many ‘smaller but skilled’ guys the Leafs are taking a chance on moving forward. 

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Is Mike Babcock Actually an Upgrade on Randy Carlyle? #MyColumn:

Bobby Cappuccino
August 13 2015 02:02PM

It has been an exciting and eventful summer in Toronto, with the Maple Leafs reshaping their organization from top-to-bottom. From scouts to players to management, Brendan Shanahan has left no stone unturned in his quest to turn the Leafs into a consistently competitive franchise. But no move has had people as excited as the hiring of Mike Babcock.

Babcock has been regarded as one of the best coaches in hockey - if not the Best Coach in Hockey - for years now, and a lot of it has to do with his consistent success at every level he has coached at. And yet, the previous Leafs coach, who also had a history of winning, was slandered by everyone - especially the media. In fact, the media should apologize for their harsh treatment of Carlyle, but that's for another time.

People loved the firing of Carlyle and loved the hiring of Babcock. They argue that Babcock is a vastly superior coach. I beg to differ. But it's not just a baseless opinion.

Let's look at some facts.

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