TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 15 - Dominic Toninato

Justin Fisher
August 26 2013 08:06AM

Dominic Toninato with Duluth East High School (Photo: wwwmnhockeyprospects.com )
 
Name: Dominic Toninato
Position: Centre
Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
Size: 6'1, 180lbs
2013 Team: Fargo Force (USHL)
Acquired: Draft, 5th Round, 2012
 
It's inevitable that Dominic Toninato's progress will be closely tied to 2011 draft pick Tony Cameranesi's. Both were drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 5th round, both were selected out of Minnesota high schools, both spent a year in the USHL prior to starting their NCAA career, and both are now University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
 

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David Alter reports Nazem Kadri wants a lot of money, Kadri fires back

Steve Dangle
August 24 2013 10:32PM

TWITTER FIGHT!!!!!!

David Alter, the Leafs and NHL reporter for Sportsnet 590 the Fan, reported what Nazem Kadri's camp is allegedly asking for in ongoing contract negotiations with the Leafs. Nazem Kadri responded...negatively. Before I get into what I think, here's how the conversation went. 

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The Curious Case of Matt Stajan

Justin Azevedo
August 23 2013 09:21AM

Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames 12/5/10

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

I've said for a couple of seasons now that I think Matt Stajan is still a quality player. Even when he was in the midst of his .3 PPG season in 2011-2012, some were still defending him even though scores of Flames fans clamored for a buyout. With him entering perhaps his final season in Calgary, it's time to examine exactly what went wrong.

Let's take a look at the numbers and do some analysis.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 16 - Tom Nilsson

Jon Steitzer
August 23 2013 08:14AM

Name: Tom Nilsson
Position: Defense
Hometown: Tyresö, SWE
Size: 6’0", 176lb
2013 Team: Mora (Allsvenskan)
Acquired: Draft - 4th round, 2011

To say I don’t know much about Tom Nilsson is an understatement. In fact I wonder how many people really have much of idea about him other than European scouts. Even with my occasional early morning viewing of Swedish Elite League games I can’t say anything about Nilsson since this will be the year he finally moves up from Sweden’s tier two league into what is likely the fourth best hockey league in the world. My lack of knowledge of Nilsson didn’t stop me from ranking him 17th on the prospect list, one behind where he actually wound up. I guess I’m trusting that since the Leafs seem to have a good eye for Swedish defensemen that trend would continue, but I’m going to hold off on anointing him the next Niklas Lidstrom.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 17 - Tony Cameranesi

Justin Fisher
August 22 2013 08:54AM

Name: Tony Cameranesi
Position: Center
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Size: 5'10", 180lb
2013 Team: University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Acquired: Draft - 5th round, 2011

Plain and simple, I don't think Tony Cameranesi has gotten the attention he deserves. As a 5th round pick from two years ago, it's understandable that the Minnesota high school product took a backseat to more high profile prospects in the Leafs system. Still, Cameranesi followed up a strong rookie season with Waterloo of the USHL with an equally, if not stronger rookie season with Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA.

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