November 23 2015 07:13AM
Now that William Nylander has sole possession of the AHL scoring lead as a 19-year-old with 23 points in just 17 games, it seems the debate over his place in the league is being stirred up more and more every day. With the parent Leafs dying for scoring help, and the young Swede looking like a destroyer of worlds with the Marlies, you have to figure there's also been a lot of internal discussion around whether he's ready for the bigger stage.
If there isn't really anything left for Nylander to learn in the minors - and it appears there isn't - he should take a step forward in competition. But it looks like the Leafs will wait a little longer to make that move, at least until the new year, where they'll benefit from giving him a second-half debut.
November 22 2015 06:52PM
William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen are the youngest forward duo in the AHL, but they might also be the best. The Scandinavians came out in full force today, both having multi-point games in a 6-4 Marlies victory.
November 22 2015 10:51AM
Toronto Sun columnist and occasional TSN contribute Steve Simmons took to the mean streets of Reddit today to take part in an "Ask Me Anything" session on /r/hockey. While he admitted that he had no idea what Reddit, the 12th most-visited website in Canada, was until today, he brought with him some very curious answers to questions mostly related to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are some of the key takeaways:
November 22 2015 10:49AM
Did you forget that Petter Granberg was actually on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster? Yeah, so did a lot of people.
Granberg has been out with an Achilles injury since the offseason and hasn't appeared in any games for the Leafs or Marlies yet this season. And as the 6'3, 201lb defender was technically a Leaf to begin the season, he needed to clear waivers in order to suit up for the Marlies.
Well, that didn't happen. A claim was made and the Leafs have lost Granberg to the Nashville Predators.
November 22 2015 09:45AM
When Nikita Soshnikov gets the puck, good luck taking it away from him. We've said this a few times already this year, and we won't stop saying it until he stops doing it. Last night, he dazzled us yet again, this time not even needing his stick to do it.