TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 2 - Joe Colborne

Ryan Fancey
September 12 2013 10:00AM

Name : Joe Colborne
Position: Centre   
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Size: 6’5", 215 lbs
2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Acquired: Traded with Boston's 2011 1st round choice and 2011 2nd round choice for Tomas Kaberle.

Joe Colborne, it's time to make the NHL, or at least give us an idea of what you are. I don't want to see this list next year with your name near the bottom because we can barely call you a prospect any longer. Just do something. Give Dave Bolland a stone-cold stunner in training camp, make the Leafs buy out Tyler Bozak, play ping-pong with Phil Kessel and become his best friend. I don't know, just do what you have to do.

At this point we still have to consider Colborne a prospect because he simply hasn't done enough to make the Leafs full-time yet, but let's keep in mind he's only about eight months younger than James van Riemsdyk. The big center spent most of his time with the Marlies last season and slotted in to a couple of Leafs playoff games this past spring due to an injury to Bozak, and looked alright in doing so, but he isn't a lock to make the team to start this season by any means.

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The mystery of Paul Ranger

Cam Charron
September 11 2013 10:28PM


-via marlies.ca

One of the most read posts in this website's history is titled "So, what happened to Paul Ranger?". That post went up last summer when a defenceman that had previously left the NHL at age 25 returned to hockey by signing with the Toronto Marlies. Turns out, so little had been written about Ranger that it jumped up to the top of Google search rankings, and it still gets hundreds of clicks per day. There's a lot of interest in Paul Ranger, and for good reason.

Ranger's NHL departure left a lot of questions, and they all seemed to go unanswered, and continue to do so. His departure and subsequent return is a bit of a mystery. Even with two of Canada's top storytellers attending Leafs' media day that coincided with the first day of training camp, Rangers refuses to go into specifics for why he left such a promising career with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Nazem Kadri is in the driver's seat

Steve Dangle
September 11 2013 11:04AM

 

I didn't need to use this picture, but I really, really wanted to.

Unless you missed the 40,000 tweets about it, "The Dream" aka Nazem Kadri has signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. As fellow awesome TLN writer Cam Charron wrote shortly before this post, Kadri's contract is very good for the Leafs.

I'm not here to talk about the contract itself. We've already touched on that. What I want to talk about is what happens next. Are you ready for it? OK here it is...

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 3 - Frederik Gauthier

Justin Fisher
September 11 2013 10:35AM

Name: Frederik Gautheir
Position: Centre   
Hometown: Laval, Quebec
Size: 6’5", 214 lbs
2013 Team: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 21st Overall in 2013

(Photo: http://www.oceanic.qc.ca/)

Frederik Gauthier - the Toronto Maple Leafs' first round selection, 22nd overall in June's NHL Entry Draft - was the definition of a safe pick.

Gauthier put up solid numbers in his QMJHL rookie season, scoring 22 goals and 60 points in 62 games. Still, it seems like point production often takes a back seat to defensive play and face-off ability when talking about the 6'5 centre. 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs' Great Experiment

Cam Charron
September 11 2013 07:07AM

"There hasn’t been a higher profile test case of hockey analytics condemnation of a team yet." - mc79hockey.com

Training camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs starts this morning, and for the first time in his nearly two-year long run as head coach of the team, Randy Carlyle is putting his own training camp together with a roster that's 58-strong. 59 once Cody Franson gets himself under contract.

New general manager Dave Nonis had one modus operandi this offseason, and that was to get the players under contract that Carlyle wanted to play with. Out are speedy and skilled players Mikhail Grabovski, Matt Frattin and Clarke MacArthur. In are bruising tough guys David Bolland and David Clarkson. The Leafs made the playoffs last season with Grabovski and MacArthur in a reduced role—no matter how good they can be or were in the past for the team, it was proven that they weren't important to the team winning.

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