October 31 2015 10:55AM
The return of Phil Kessel to the Air Canada Centre is gonna be huge.
(Well, except for the part where there probably won't be any kind of tribute for him, but that's beside the point. Kind of. I think.)
Kessel is bringing his Pittsburgh Penguins - who got off to a pretty slow start this year, and want to prove that they're going to turn that around - to visit the Toronto Maple Leafs, who got started off pretty slowly this year and don't expect that to change. It could very easily be a barn burner.
So naturally, Kessel doesn't expect his former loyal fans to be very... well, warm in their reception of him.
October 31 2015 09:03AM
Toronto Maple Leafs fans have at times be known for getting a little too hyped up on their own prospects (Hello Jeremy Williams!), so it's always nice to see some validation. Earlier today, Hockey's Future released their final instalment of their annual Top 50 NHL prospects rankings, and two Leafs prospects found themselves in the Top 10.
It really shouldn't come as a surprise as to who was named - William Nylander ranked eighth on the list while Mitch Marner finished one spot ahead of him in seventh.
October 31 2015 12:55AM
There are a lot of good stories that should be talked about tonight. William Nylander stole everybody's hearts yet again with a pair of goals. Richard Panik went full early 90's Adam Oates and had four assists. TJ Brennan is near a point per game again.. Frank Corrado is starting to get back into game shape, and Garret Sparks saw his save percentage go from beer league to near the league's best in a matter of hours.
We shouldn't be talking about Tyler Bertuzzi tonight, but yet, here were are. These are the type of moments that make people take the American Hockey League less seriously.
October 30 2015 08:45PM
We're only nine games into the season, but we already have a pretty good idea of how the remaining 73 will go. The Toronto Maple Leafs will play some decent hockey, but they won't score many goals and get many wins. It certainly doesn't help when you're up against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference either.
Toronto looked good, but not good enough to contain the New York Rangers.
October 30 2015 03:51PM
Mark Arcobello has been waived, Brad Boyes is in the press box tonight, and Frank Corrado will soon be returning from a "conditioning stint" in the AHL. We probably could have predicted this in the offseason when the Leafs went out and picked up a bunch of new faces, but here we are - Toronto has a roster crunch problem. Too many players, too few minutes to go around, and only a few options that don't include sending players through waivers and losing them for nothing.
Here's the Roundtable with how they'd juggle Toronto's roster and sort everything out.