TLN Prospect Profile: #19 Sam Carrick

Jeff Veillette
August 11 2015 03:02PM

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When we did these rankings last year, there were a few disagreements regarding who placed where. None of them dragged on as long as the one involving Sam Carrick, however. I ranked him at #12, while most of the staff didn't have him on their lists at all. In particular, Justin thought I was being quite silly.

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Fast forward a year, and Carrick is in the top twenty. Here's why.

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Pronman: Leafs have 2nd Best Prospect System in the NHL

Cat Silverman
August 11 2015 09:34AM


Corey Pronman is a polarizing name in the NHL, but one thing is certain - if anyone knows prospect systems inside and out, it's the long-tenured ESPN Insider. 

Which means that when he says that the Toronto Maple Leafs have the second best prospect system in the NHL, it's absolutely true. 

No, really. He's totally right. 

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Borje Salming

Jeff Veillette
August 11 2015 09:00AM

As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster. 

It's one thing to be really good at sport, but it's another thing altogether to make an impact on the sport itself. Thankfully for the Leafs, Borje Salming was both. In his time with the blue and white, Salming was one of the league's best defencemen, which subsequentially paved the way for millions of young Scandinavians to dream of one day playing in the NHL.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Aug 10, 2015 - Tuukklear

Steve Dangle
August 10 2015 09:02PM

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On today's episode, the guys talk about Buffalo News' Patrick Kane story, Pascal Dupis, and open some awesome hockey cards from Brad.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Maple Leafs Team: Darryl Sittler

Justin Fisher
August 10 2015 06:35PM

As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster. 

Coming up with an All-Time team is a real challenge. So many of us have different ideas as to what an All-Time team should be... today's NHL stars are much, much better athletes, playing a dramatically different brand of hockey than was played back in, say, the 1930s... Are we building the best team possible? Are we considering what players, who might not be the most skilled, contributed and gave to the team and organization? Do we overlook off-ice transgressions? 

There are so many different things to consider when building such a team, and it caused a great deal of heated debate and discussion at TLN HQ (which is less a base of operations, more a crude and GIF-filled chat room). Hell, Jeff almost made Jon quit, but then we sent Jeff to Canucks Army and he's their problem now.

Point is, there's always going to be controversy with a team like this. The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the most storied franchises in professional hockey, and while the club has been struggling for well over a decade now, the organization has seen many legends pass through. By the end of this series, there will be controversy (so beware the comments section), and that's why I'm so glad to be kicking things off tonight with perhaps the easiest player announcement in the series.

When we talk about the greatest Maple Leafs of all-time, Darryl Sittler is always one of the first names that comes up. He's a shoo-in, and the first member of our TLN All-Time Leafs team.

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