September 10 2013 01:09AM
I remember Stuart Percy's draft day.
While covering the 2011 Memorial Cup in Mississauga, I met Percy about a month before his draft day. Percy was playing for the host Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (now the Steelheads), and while he wasn't the biggest name on the team, he was making some of the biggest headlines.
Ranked 53rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, it looked like Percy would go somewhere around the 3rd round. Brian Burke spoke very highly of Percy however, and suggestions came out that not only would the Leafs like to draft him in the 1st round, but that he may not even still be available by that point.
I was DMing Stuart on Twitter the day before and the day of the draft. Nothing in particular, until around zero hour.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 09 2013 11:58PM
As we've made very, very clear here on TheLeafsNation.com, Tyler Bozak is probably being paid too much for too long to play in a role he probably shouldn't be by the Toronto Maple Leafs. With that considered, we've all beat up on him quite a bit all offseason. Some (points fingers at self) of us to his face. But hey, I bet one can think of some things we do like about them. Steve and Adam asked me on yesterday's podcast to see if I was able to think of some, and you know what? There are a few things worth bringing up:
September 09 2013 09:15PM
The boys are very sleepy, but they talk about Nazem Kadri (surprise!), NHL 14, Mason Raymond, Twitter feuds, and Jeffler calls in with a very awkward Tyler Bozak encounter.
September 09 2013 12:37PM
As the Nation Network prepares for the 2013-14 season, it is with great excitement that we can finally announce that Brian Sutherby has joined the company as the VP of Beatdowns, Gaming and general law enforcement.
September 09 2013 11:17AM
My general theory on assessing player performance is that if a player frequently produces below expectations, perhaps the problem isn't with the player. After multiple seasons of suggesting that "a player would score so much more if he only did X" perhaps it's worth considering that X doesn't lie within the player's talent threshold, and he ought to be judged for what he does on the ice as opposed to what he doesn't do.
Somehow that relates to Mason Raymond's time in Vancouver, that ended when Raymond accepted a try out offer with the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday. Raymond may have been cursed by his one 25-goal season in 2010 as a second liner, a season that he probably never would have replicated. It takes a lot to score 25 goals in a single season, and only the very best players can consistently repeat those totals. Just 17 players have 25 or more goals in each of the previous four 82-game seasons, and only 14 more have three such seasons.