February 02 2015 03:40PM

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The following is a look at the machinations and plots behind the scenes at the Nation Network. If you don't care/don't want to know please click here to read a riveting piece about the Oilers overcoming an early season insistence on using the swarm defense. You have been warned.

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TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects - Honourable Mentions

Justin Fisher
February 02 2015 01:18PM

Welcome to the TLN Top Twenty Leafs Prospects Midterm Ranking, where we judge and scrutinize very young people and tell them they probably won't realize their dreams. I mean, maybe if we were ranking some other team's prospects then, yeah, sure. But no. Not here. 

Eight writers from the TLN staff submitted their updated Top Twenty lists over the weekend and the votes have been tallied. Today, we'll focus on our Honourable Mentions, who all received votes in at least one writer's list, but didn't have enough votes to crack our overall Top Twenty.

A note on criteria... We defined prospects and players 23 years of age or younger, and having played less than 60 NHL games to date. So, for example, a guy like Carter Ashton (23 years old, 54 NHL games played) barely made the list of eligible prospects.

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Nation Network Power Rankings: St. Louis is No. 2, Maple Leafs slide to 26

Thomas Drance
February 02 2015 10:38AM

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They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!

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What Can You Get For Cody Franson?

Justin Fisher
February 02 2015 10:22AM

First, let's get this out of the way... I don't want to trade Cody Franson. He's a handsome man and good hockey player and I'd love to have him stick around Toronto for the forseeable future. That being said, even more than not wanting to trade him do I not want him to walk for nothing at the end of the season. 

So what can you get for him? At first, I dreamed of a first round pick, or maybe a second and a good prospect. Or maybe like, a really great prospect? That'd be super.

But I also have to consider that Franson is just a rental (for now), and that the market could be saturated with top four defencemen (Keith Yandle, Zbynek Michalek, Tyler Myers, etc.), and that these factors could hurt Franson's trade value.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: Feb 2, 2015

Jon Steitzer
February 02 2015 07:33AM


Welcome to the new weekly feature on TLN, Player Power Rankings (More like Powerless Rankings, amirite?) Seriously, the Leafs have been awful, and what better time to start judging them on a weekly basis. I assure you with the rankings I am 100% right in my analysis, as I have watched hockey for a long time.

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