January 13 2016 10:33AM
It's a weird feeling losing your top scorer and not really being fazed by it. The Leafs, who lost a tight seven-goal affair last outing against the Sharks, found out earlier this week that James van Riemdsyk is broken. Tonight, they face their first game without their 14-goal man- against the league's current worst team in the standings- the Columbus Blue Jackets.
January 13 2016 08:12AM
#15 - Rinat Valiev
Nobody was quite sure what to expect out of Rinat Valiev in his first professional season. The 20-year-old Russian had made a huge leap in his final year of junior, nearly doubling his point production to 46 points in 52 games while playing on a relatively weak Kootenay Ice roster. At the same time, it was his first crack at playing against men, and such situations are often a crapshoot, especially with defencemen.
However, he hasn't looked out of place on a dominant Marlies roster. Typically paired with team Captain and grizzled veteran Andrew Campbell, Valiev has played in most of Toronto's games this year, usually only being rotated out when there are 3-in-3 weekends or similarly tough stretches of the schedule.
In 32 games this year, Valiev has ten points, good for fourth among Marlies defencemen behind Stuart Percy, the aforementioned Campbell, and AHL superstar TJ Brennan.
January 12 2016 10:11PM
On this episode, the guys talk about #Sedingate, Calgary's arena needs, a potential Leafs record, and more.
January 12 2016 02:00PM
For the first time in, well maybe ever Omaha, Nebraska will be crawling with NHL scouts and general managers as the fourth annual USHL Top Prospects Game will hit the ice Ralston Arena, home of the Lancers. A little bit under the radar, the game will be especially interesting to teams like the Maple Leafs who have a stockpile of mid to late round draft picks this summer. While the high-end talent may not be the same as its CHL counterpart, last year saw two first round picks (Kyle Connor and Brock Boeser) play in the game along with 14 other players that were drafted into the NHL. Judging from the list of players in attendance tonight that number will likely be a little higher this year.
January 12 2016 09:06AM
#20 - Nikita Korostelev
When the Toronto Maple Leafs nabbed Sarnia Sting forward Nikita Korostelev in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the term 'late-round steal' was bandied about almost immediately. In some eyes, Korostelev was a second-round talent, having scored 53 points in 55 games for the Sting in his draft year. To get someone like Korostelev so late was a huge win for Toronto, and made his immediate debut in TLN's preseason prospect rankings at #11.
To say the first half to Korostelev's 2015-16 season has been disappointing is an understatement. Despite returning to a fairly strong Sarnia team that features New Jersey Devils top prospect Pavel Zacha and 2016 top prospect Jakob Chychrun, Korostelev has been unable to even keep pace with his previous season's numbers - he has just 26 points in 36 games.