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.
January 12 2016 06:35AM
Trade season has started and the Leafs are off and running with the acquisition of Jeremy Morin for Richard Panik. The funny thing about that trade is, if history holds up, that we may look back on it as one of the bigger moves the Leafs make between now and the deadline.
Pulling from Lou Lamoriello’s recent in-season trade history, he’s not normally one to make significant changes in season, even considering that 4 of the 5 last seasons saw the Devils outside of the playoffs.
January 11 2016 05:00PM
Few things can put a California road trip in perspective like power rankings. I mean, a win against Anaheim, a close loss to a very good Los Angeles team, and then a blowout by the Sharks. That's as all over the place as three games can be. Luckily the takes you crave are coming at you now.
January 11 2016 02:55PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a pair of roster moves this afternoon, sending Goaltender Garret Sparks and forward Mark Arcobello to the Toronto Marlies.