Leafs approached Kings prospect Nikolai Prokhorkin about coming to the NHL

Jeff Veillette
August 25 2016 01:10PM

It's always a good idea to build up your prospect pool in whichever way you can, even when you've already built up a mass of depth. The Toronto Maple Leafs have shown that in spades over the past two seasons with their stockpiling of draft picks, minor league signings, and trade acquisitions. We even saw them pry Nikita Zaitsev away from the KHL to much fanfare in May, after a year of effort.

On that note, it seems like he wasn't the only target, as Los Angeles Kings prospect Nikolai Prokhorkin explained to a Russian media outlet this week.

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #7 Andreas Johnson

Jess Pincente
August 25 2016 08:17AM

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When you think of Swedish superstar forwards drafted in the seventh round, who exactly comes to mind? No, I'm not talking about Henrik Zetterberg or Daniel Alfredsson.  

Andreas Johnson clocks in at number seven on our 2016 top prospects list, and for good reason.  Johnson is a very exciting prospect who has often been looked over by the media.  In case you have not been paying close attention to the SHL, Johnson has been an offensive force to be reckoned with for Frölunda HC over the past two seasons, dominating in front of the net and lighting up the league.  Johnson is ready to make the transition to North America and potentially has a shot of making the Leafs out of training camp next season.  

Without further adieu, ranked at number seven, here is our prospect profile on Andreas Johnson.  

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Evaluating A New Goaltending Tandem

Ian Fleming
August 24 2016 03:00PM

With Jhonas Enroth and the Toronto Maple Leafs coming to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract on Monday, the Leafs seemingly etched their goaltending duo in stone for the 2016-2017 season. Popular opinion would have the new combination of Enroth and Frederik Andersen as an upgrade over last year's initial tandem of James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, and Leafs supporters generally seem to be breathing a sigh of relief over not having to carry an untested prospect or project goaltender as their #2 into the new season.

That said, we would all be remiss if we didn't at least attempt to take this view from anecdote to evidence-based argument, so let's take a dive into some of the non-traditional metrics that may give us a better idea of what to expect in transitioning from Reimer and Bernier to Andersen and Enroth.

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WWYDW: Mesh Assignment

Jeff Veillette
August 24 2016 02:03PM

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If yesterday was, for lack of a better word, "say the jarring thing" day at TLN, today is goaltending day. Jhonas Enroth finally let a city exhale earlier this week by signing a long-awaited one year contract, and now he will let us ask today's WWYDW topic...

How many games are they going to be playing these guys?

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Is The Leafs' Long-Running Goaltending Nightmare Soon To End?

Greg Brady
August 24 2016 09:18AM

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That sound you heard this week wasn't exactly thunderous in terms of a celebratory UFA signing by the Toronto Maple Leafs -- but it did make many breathe easier, in that Jhonas Enroth stabilizes the backup goaltender position going into this transitional 2016-17 season, behind Fredrik Andersen, signing a rather perfunctory one-year, $750k contract.

This move does a lot of things for the Leafs -- they get a veteran backup, and one that looked quite good in just 13 starts last year in Los Angeles.  Yes, the Kings are a pretty damn fine team to play in net for -- and last season, Jonathan Quick led all NHL goalies in starts with a whopping 68.  Hey, he didn't even TOUCH Andrew Raycroft's 72 from the ill-fated 2006-07 season, so we'll always have that!

But it's the most intriguing year in a long time to watch the Maple Leafs' goaltenders -- and yet intrigue, not to mention chaos and disorder have really ruled the crease for the Leafs, really ever since the lockout.

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