April 07 2016 02:01PM
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While the debate flies back and forth as to whether TJ Brennan is talented enough to have a long-term career in the NHL, one thing is for certain - he's an Elite AHLer. So much so, that for the second time in three years, the American Hockey League has named the Toronto Marlies defenceman to their first All-Star Team.
April 06 2016 10:58PM
Look, I want them to lose, but not like that. Holy smokes. Alright. Let's try to make this fun!
April 06 2016 07:46PM
There was a lot on the line in Toronto tonight, with the Leafs playing their last home game of the season against Columbus. A win would create more drama for Toronto's draft lottery hopes, but a loss would guarantee that they could finish the season no higher than 29th.
And boy, did they make sure they finish no higher than 29th.
April 06 2016 12:29PM
We're only a few hours away from Garret Sparks' 16th start of the season (and 16th of his young career). He's never been a can't-miss goaltending prospect, but Sparks' career started off strong with a shutout victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Since then, his play has been up, down, and ultimately below average. Sparks carries an .897 SV% through 15 games played.
It might not be fair to expect a lot out of a 22-year old drafted in the seventh-round, but Sparks posted solid numbers in the OHL, ECHL and AHL before debuting this year. 15 games is not exactly a significant sample size, but the Leafs won't have much more to go on before they have to make a decision on their goaltending situation this summer. Sparks is an RFA in just a few months, and while Jonathan Bernier has one more year remaining on his deal, I have a hard time believing that Toronto will want to run with this tandem next season.
That brings us to this week's WWYDW question - what would you do with Garret Sparks?
April 06 2016 09:10AM
Tonight we are about to enter possibly the most critical tank battle of the season, as the Leafs take on the Blue Jackets in the final home game of the season. Toronto might feel compelled to win their final game in front of a home crowd, but I assure you that's a bad idea.
A loss tonight guarantees that the Leafs cannot pass Columbus in the standings. That would officially lock Toronto into being no better than 29th overall in the league, having a 13.5% shot at the draft lottery, and a guarantee of drafting in the top 5.
Add to that, the Oilers are playing their final ever game at Rexall Place tonight against the slumping Canucks. A win for them would temporarily put the Leafs into possession of 30th in the league and give Toronto a shot having a 20% shot at Auston Matthews.
The stakes are high, and it seems like a Leafs win is imminent.