November 24 2015 04:21PM
John E. Sokolowski - USA TODAY Sports
As you've probably already heard, Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect William Nylander is dominating the AHL. The 19-year old has a league-leading 23 points in 17 games, putting him on pace to become the AHL's first 100-point teenager.
So, is William Nylander good enough to play in the NHL?
In a word, yes. These kinds of numbers are quite literally unheard of, and Nylander's skating and offensive skills are the kinds that can translate to the NHL easily. While he probably wouldn't establish himself immediately as an elite, big league player, he's good enough right now to play at least a minor role in an NHL offense.
That said, the question "Is Nylander good enough?" is fundamentally flawed. It's a narrow-minded way of approaching the extremely large and complex issue that is reworking and rebuilding the Leafs organization. This isn't all about Nylander, and if you start asking different questions you might find that the AHL is the best place for him to be right now.
November 24 2015 10:37AM
If there are two things that act as Optimus Reim's kryptonite, you assume that they're the Boston Bruins and freak injuries. After a weekend of getting beaten by the former, the latter appears to have snuck its way in as well, as the Leafs' starting goaltender left practice with an injury.
November 24 2015 10:20AM
The Leafs outshot the Bruins and therefore lost.
November 24 2015 09:52AM
Can you think of any Leafs news you care more about than the potential earnings of MLSE?
I know, it's nice when Forbes reminds us that the hockey organization that profits off the misery of Leafs is worth over a billion dollars, but this year there are some mixed results, as we no longer see the Leafs sitting in the number one spot as the most profitable team in the league.
November 23 2015 09:00PM
*whispers* Optimus Reim! Optimus...