Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 28 2013 12:25PM
Michael Traikos had an interesting piece in the National Post about Jay McClement, his big year last year, and his thoughts on the Leafs moving forward. That's cool, and deserved - McClement was a massive help to the penalty kill last year, and produced above everybody's expectations. But a couple of things stated are a bit peculiar and are worth noting/counter-pointing:
August 28 2013 08:52AM
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL
Size: 6'3, 205 lbs
2013 Team: Guelph Storm, Toronto Marlies
Acquired: Draft, 7th Round, 2011
We’ve ranked Garrett Sparks as the Leafs’ 13th-best prospect. So what? What does that even mean?
I know for me personally, Sparks changed places more times than any other Leafs prospect while I was making my ranking list. The main reason for that is because he’s a goalie, and he’s the only goalie who made the Top 20 list. Is Sparks a better goalie than Carter Ashton is a forward? What about Greg McKegg or Jerry D’Amigo? How about Matt Finn as a defenceman? That’s difficult to judge. I must have bumped Sparks up or down a spot 10 times before plunking him here at 13.
What we were able to agree on as a staff here at TheLeafsNation.com, is that Garret Sparks is the Leafs’ best goaltending prospect.
August 27 2013 07:56AM
Bradley Ross Rad Boss
Position: Left Wing
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta
Size: 6'1, 183lbs
2013 Team: Toronto Marlies, Idaho Steelheads
Acquired: Draft, 2nd Round, 2010
If you asked me a year ago where I’d rank Rad Boss I probably would have placed him a lot higher than 18th spot I personally ranked him at. Putting aside his WHL production, which 42 goals, 82 points in 68 games is damned impressive, I would have been thrilled about his willingness to play the game over the line and his ability to at least function as a supporting cast member in the top six. I’d ignore his 42 goals and instead focus on his 163 PIMs. I’d celebrate his suspension history that even Raffi Torres might find a bit excessive. I was a fan of Brad Ross agitator.
August 26 2013 09:07PM
Well that got out of hand...
The longest podcast so far, the guys touch on almost everything. Nazem Kadri's tweet at David Alter, Russian laws impacting the Olympics, autism, the mysterious Sens conspiracy, and hosting an unblocking party with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel.
Yes, this was all in the same show.
August 26 2013 10:00AM
The Nazem Kadri contract dispute turned ugly over the weekend, with Sportsnet's David Alter reporting information about Kadri's contract demands that was made clear came from a team source after Nazem Kadri fired back on Twitter.
Perhaps the best thing Dave Nonis has done this offseason is not cave immediately to Kadri's demands, or cave to media pressure that has anointed Kadri as the team's next homegrown superstar. I'm sure there's a pocket of nostalgic Leaf fans that see Kadri and David Clarkson as an updated version of Dougie Gilmour and Wendel Clark, 20 years in the future, and that's important because it's been so long since the team has had a superstar from the province of Ontario. Sometimes as a country we can get absurdly protectionist, and Leaf fans and media are no different from fans and media in Montreal, an environment that demands French Canadien influence on the team, or Vancouver, an environment that demands Western influence on the team.