2013-14 Leafs Fantasy Hockey Preview - Defence

Justin Fisher
September 21 2013 09:40AM

A few days ago, Ryan Fancey took a look at several Leafs forwards and their fantasy value. Some time between then and now, Leafs Nations readers' luck changed and now you have me writing about the defencemen. Take a look-see here and find out what's going on with the Leafs blueliners - and how they can or can't help your fantasy team.

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Sights And Sounds, Marlies Camp Day 3

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 20 2013 07:55PM

 

The Toronto Marlies entered day three of training camp a little bigger then when I first checked in on Wednesday. On that afternoon, the team re-added defenceman Jesse Blacker, and rookie Tyler Biggs to the roster, but both missed practice yesterday and made debuts today. Also making his debut was winger Stefan Legein, who is here on a professional tryout contract.

Unlike the day 1 post, there isn't much to say (other than maybe some credit deserves to be given to Jerry D'Amigo and Brad Ross, who were out doing skating drills with Barb Underhill at least a half hour before scheduled start) No new ground was really broken, and the quotes I've got are being saved for other things. So, to make up for it, here's a bunch of photos again: 

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CHECK YOUR LID AT THE DOOR

Brian Sutherby
September 20 2013 12:35PM

Last night in New Jersey marked the first time you saw two players in a National Hockey League game circumvent the new rule where a player cannot remove his own helmet prior to a fight. Instead Brett Gallant and Krys Barch politely removed each other’s before throwing punches.

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Tyler Bozak espouses Tyler Bozak myths; is not Patrice Bergeron

Cam Charron
September 20 2013 11:17AM

Ugh, I don't want to get into this again. From Michael Traikos:

Get Kessel the puck and you essentially have a friend for life. Bozak understands this better than most and that is why their relationship works. He knows his limitations. He is not Joe Thornton or Jason Spezza. Instead, the no-frills puck distributor models his game after Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, a player who might not finish in the top 30 in scoring but who does so many other things — winning faceoffs, killing penalties, being strong defensively — that ultimately help his team win games.

Here we go again...

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Joe Colborne on the block? Sure... why not?

Cam Charron
September 20 2013 09:38AM

The big news from last night's preseason contest is that Jonathan Bernier and Nazem Kadri both left to injury. I'm not going to worry too much about either, and neither should you. Whatever was ailing Bernier sounds like it just got a little tender during the game and he pulled himself out for precautionary reasons. In a regular season game, he probably stays in.

Kadri left to a bruised hand after blocking a shot. X-rays were negative, more good news, which means that Kadri will be out for as long as his lower hand is too swollen to grip his stick. Gotta keep those nifty mittens fresh for the opener!

Also, apparently the Leafs are looking into trading Joe Colborne. Wut?

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