October 25 2015 07:40PM
Nikita Soshnikov doesn't have the same hype attached to him as most of the young guns on the Toronto Marlies. He wasn't a Toronto first-round draft pick, like a William Nylander, Frederik Gauthier, or Stuart Percy. He didn't come as a big piece in a big trade, like a Brendan Leipsic or a Kasperi Kapanen. He wasn't a local boy with local stories, like Connor Brown, Josh Leivo, or Zach Hyman. His signing flew under the radar when the Leafs melted into a fine ooze in March, and nobody paid him much mind in the preseason.
But that doesn't mean that he's not worth your attention. Far from it, really. Soshnikov is a real deal prospect, and tonight's 3-1 win against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms was a good example of that.
October 25 2015 01:20PM
Time for another Leaf loss? Looks that way. But let me try to at least have some fun with it...
October 25 2015 09:00AM
Too busy with the Blue Jays this week to keep up with all of the latest Leafs news? We got you, bro.
October 24 2015 08:28PM
Photo Credit: Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports
The Toronto Maple Leafs served as the latest foil to the unbeatable Montreal Canadiens, who set an NHL record on Saturday night by defeating a harder working Toronto side 5-3. The Canadiens have won nine consecutive contests in regulation to start the season, which is completely insane.
Montreal didn't play well on Saturday, but still came away with two points. In addition to denting a tonne of iron, Saturday's contest was like special teams Chernobyl for the Maple Leafs, as they surrendered two power-play goals against and allowed a short-handed tally in a game in which they otherwise carried play soundly at 5-on-5. Of Montreal's two even-strength goals, one was the result of Michael Grabner's momentary brain fart.
Toronto's 5-on-5 play continues to be enormously improved in the early going. There's no doubt that this team is giving the sort of consistent honest effort that often alluded the club under Randy Carlyle (and especially under Peter Horachek), but it's all being sabotaged by misfiring special teams and - though you need your head checked if your blaming Jonathan Bernier for the Leafs loss on Saturday - by iffy goaltending.
October 24 2015 06:57PM
This is Michael Grabner's sense of shame and disappointment.
Image courtesy Hockey Night in Canada
Hockey is a game of mistakes. They happen from time to time. Even the best defensive players in the world kick a goal or two past their goaltender every season or so.