Introducing the TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects: Midterm Rankings

Justin Fisher
January 19 2014 02:14PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have played 50 games this season, which is a little more than half the schedule, which makes it still kind of appropriate for The Leafs Nation to release our TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospect Midterm Rankings.

We polled our writers - Cam, Steve, Jeff, Jim, John, Ryan, and yours truly - for their top prospects, threw them into a spreadsheet, worked some mathematical magic, and here we are… the twenty best prospects in the organization, several honourable mentions, and a handful of players who didn’t receive a single vote. Aww :’(

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LFR7 - Game 50 - Skill Stick Mode - MTL 3, Tor 5

Steve Dangle
January 19 2014 01:49PM

Nazem Kadri on some video game stuff!

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Praying for David Bolland

Jim Lang
January 19 2014 08:56AM

Back on January 3rd our very own Cam Charron (Good guy in the room.) wrote an in-depth analytical piece on the Leafs through the first half of the season.

While it was an excellent breakdown of what the Leafs had done up until that point in the season there were few mentions of centre David Bolland.

Why you ask?

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Leafs Postgame - Kadri's Baaaccckkk

Steven Tzemis
January 18 2014 08:25PM

I just want to say that I was very, very disappointed Bob Cole didn't call this game. I figured since it's the Canadiens, I'd finally get to hear Cole call a Leafs game again, but instead I had to hear Jim "GREAT SAAAAVE" Hughson. We did, however, get to see the Leafs wear their Winter Classic jerseys again which was fun because they're awesome. Right after they won the game, Carlyle said, "Burning the other jerseys boys!!!! Unbeaten with these digs!" Not really, but they're 2-0 with these beauties, so let's pretend Carlyle said that anyway.

Chris Hadfield also sang "Oh Canada". Who doesn't love our Canadian astronaut? REPRESENT.

So basically what I'm saying is there were lots of good things and one bad thing about this game aside from the actual game itself.

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LGD - Game 50: Canadiens @ Leafs - The Cincuenta

Cam Charron
January 18 2014 11:51AM

 

I always like to give these previews a bit of storyline or context heading in, but it's difficult to do with Montreal. Our friends over at Eyes on the Prize have convinced themselves that Montreal's record is not indicative of their play and that they're simply lucky to be winning games lately. That certainly was the case Thursday against the Ottawa Senators—they team won 5-4 in overtime despite being out Corsi'd 64-38. Carey Price allowed four goals and was named the game's second star. 

"[All] but four players have recorded a negative even strength Corsi" wrote Andrew Berkshire in that EOTP post. "The only player on the Habs roster who is better this season than last season is Andrei Markov. Every other player, bar none, is significantly worse. What's the simplest explanation for that kind of phenomenon? Coaching."

The Habs have been struggling on the shot clock since November 1. They've struggled to score goals as well, and their .929 even strength save percentage seems to be what's keeping them in games.

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