Darryl Sittler on this year's Leafs, Morgan Rielly, and Tim Leiweke

Steve Dangle
September 13 2013 08:28PM

 

Neat picture, but who's the knob interviewing Darryl Sittler with a Galaxy S3?

I had the opportunity to have a brief chat with Leafs legend and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Darryl Sittler on Friday morning about this year's Leafs, Morgan Rielly, and Tim Leiweke's stance on Leafs history.

How you ask?

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FREE PRESEASON STREAKCRED RISES

Wanye
September 13 2013 03:01PM

 

Ever watch a TV show a couple times, decide that it sucks and then get completely shocked when it comes back for a second season? Yeah, StreakCred is exactly like that. Except that it doesn't suck. It's super fun. And this time we have a free preseason to get you hooked real nice like see?

OH AND THERE ARE TROPHIES THIS TIME AROUND

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 1 - Morgan Rielly

Justin Fisher
September 13 2013 10:37AM

Name: Morgan Rielly
Position: Defence
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Size: 6’1", 205 lbs
2013 Team: Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 5th Overall in 2012

Morgan Rielly is The Leafs Nation’s 2013 Top Prospect. Well, obviously.

It’s really no surprise that Rielly, Toronto’s 5th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, took top billing – in fact, he received first place votes across the board. Rielly is the type of high-octane offensive defenceman that every NHL team covets, in the mould of a Kris Letang, Erik Karlsson or Keith Yandle.

Yes, I think he could be that good.

But no, I don’t think he should be in the NHL this year.

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Nazem Kadri's coming regression, and why it will happen

Cam Charron
September 12 2013 02:58PM

Hey, did you know that since the 2007-2008 season, Nazem Kadri's 2012-2013 season was the 9th highest points scored per 60 minutes among players with at least 40 games played? No fooling. The players ahead of him on that list are Sidney Crosby (thrice), Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Staal, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

That's intense, and puts Kadri in some pretty good company among former MVP winners and scoring title winners. It is, of course, important to put into context that while Kadri's huge 2013 season was influenced in part by talent, luck had a role to play in it as well.

According to that behindthenet.ca, with Kadri on the ice, the Leafs took 22.3 shots per 60 minutes of play, and scored goals on 3.8 of those shots. That's a shooting percentage of 14.4%, the highest on the list of these players in the Top 20 (though Daniel Sedin's 2010 campaign is close).

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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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