September 19 2014 06:09PM
Welcome to Round Three!
Generally, the Friday TLN Roundtable is where our smart and handsome writing staff take turns tackling the tough issues, but we're switching this up a bit this time around. Last week, you got to check out some articles from the five finalists in our Next TLN Blogger contest. This week, we gave them the keys to the Roundtable and told them to be back at a reasonable hour.
The question I posed to our finalists...
Who will be the Leafs' *surprise* player this upcoming season? (Good or bad.)
Check out the answers below and when you're done, leave a comment and let us know who had the best answers. Be part of the process! Democracy!
September 19 2014 11:36AM
There has been a lot of talk lately about how the Leafs have used stats in the past few years, and that they’ve got internal ways of measuring players success. I found this interesting, because any stat they are using would seemingly defy any logical means to assess a player’s success. The other thing that can’t be ignored is the fact that the Leafs management carryovers (Nonis and Carlyle) seemingly have a love affair with the term compete level. Compete level until now has had no definition, but I felt it is time to give it one, and the proper statistic support to back it up.
September 19 2014 08:43AM
Since his arrival from Nashville in 2011, Cody Franson hasn't had a fair shake as a Leaf. The trade was a steal (thank you, Lebda), but the 6-foot-5 defender hasn't been utilized to his full potential. The penchant for Franson to make 'the big mistake' has put him in the coach's doghouse on numerous occasions and given Leafs management some commitment issues. After signing yet another one-year deal, Franson becomes a UFA after this season. With a glut of defensemen on the roster, his days as a Leaf are probably numbered.
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September 19 2014 05:30AM
Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week's Roundup.
September 18 2014 09:45PM
On this episode, the guys talk about Kessel vs Spott, Selanne vs Boudreau, Burrows vs Tortorella, and more!