August 26 2016 07:00AM
Connor Brown, former Erie Otter and lifelong Leafs fan, comes in at number 6 in our rankings. Similar to yesterday's piece on 7th placed 7th round pick Andreas Johnson, 6 is also the number of rounds it took for someone to take a chance on Connor Brown. Now, we're all thankful that that someone was Brian Burke's Maple Leafs.
The right winger has been a sincere bright spot in the organization for some time. He was drafted at a time when Tyler Biggs was a top prospect for the Leafs. Because of this, many, including myself, hold a soft spot for him. What the future holds for Brown should be nothing but gravy, given that he was a 6th round pick, but my expectations for him remain quite high.
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August 26 2016 05:00AM
Leafs scaring off free agents, Ken Holland's worst GM moves, why Giordano still can't make the World Cup team, Jets and Oilers need Captains, grading Chiarelli to date, why fighting is still part of the game, looking at Team North America and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 25 2016 06:10PM
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The London Knights had a big parade and ceremony to celebrate their absolute steamrolling of junior hockey en route to the 2016 Memorial Cup today. This pertains to the Leafs because the team was led by Mitch Marner, supplemented by JJ Piccinich, and has Mark Hunter influence scrawled all over it. Also, the entire universe revolves the Toronto Maple Leafs, and as such, every story involves them, as was pointed out by a quick-eyed Ryan Pyette on Twitter.
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.
August 25 2016 08:17AM
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.