September 14 2015 08:47AM
With the London Rookie Tournament now a thing of the past, it's about time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to decide the fates of their rookie class. The team took the first step towards that today, making its initial wave of roster moves.
September 14 2015 07:37AM
Your long wait is finally over. I have finally been told that it's time to start writing Player Power Rankings again. And since it's been such a long time since the last one, I've forgotten that I usually stick to relatively brief snark before giving you that giffy goodness you crave so much.
Since there are a number of new faces in the lineup I figured each player deserves a bit more of my attention than usual, and with the upcoming TLN Player Profiles this week, this is also my chance to weigh in on the players that I don't get the chance to write about at length.
So sit back and relax as we embark on the first of many Player Power Ranking adventures we will take together this season.
September 13 2015 08:24PM
Just to make sure, the winner of this game wins the Kessel trade, right?— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) September 14, 2015
The big grand finale of the rookie tournament featured the two teams that made the biggest trade of the offseason. Naturally, pieces in that trade were featured on both sides, with former 22nd overall picks Tyler Biggs and Kasperi Kapanen suiting up for their new squads.
September 12 2015 09:09PM
So the first game didn't go the Leafs wanted it to; nobody ever likes losing to the Ottawa Senators, even in a rookie tournament. Today offered a new lineup, a new opponent, and most importantly, a new opportunity to win a hockey game.
Unfortunately, while this group tried their hardest, they couldn't get it done, falling 6-4; this time in regulation.
September 11 2015 09:40PM
A lot of us have been expecting our fair share of disappointment and defeat as fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, but I think we were probably expecting that from the main roster and not from the organization's top young players.
Ok, so - let's not get carried away. An opening night loss in a rookie tournament will probably be the least of the Leafs' worries this season. Still, Toronto traded one too many chances with the Ottawa Senators' rookie squad this evening, coming out on the wrong side of a 5-4 OT final score.