August 29 2015 08:31AM
As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.
Thirty seconds left in the game. Leafs are down by one and are on the powerplay. Lose the faceoff because they can't trade for Yanic Perreault anymore. The other team dumps the puck. You have time to recover it, make one zone entry, and possibly take a shot or two. Who do you send to start if off?
If your answer isn't Tomas Kaberle, you're objectively wrong.
August 28 2015 09:59AM
We're nearly into our top five Leafs prospects, but just outside that group is the newly-added Travis Dermott, Toronto's second-round pick out of Erie in this pas draft. It should be noted right away that the difference between Dermott and the 4th/5th-ranked prospects on this list were minimal in terms of voting.
Given the Leafs traded down to select him, Dermott is an example of a pick we probably didn't know too much about heading into the draft, but we definitely like what we've learned since.
August 28 2015 07:57AM
Since we’re nearing the close of the TLN All-Time Leafs Team posts, I thought I’d take a slightly different approach with one of my favourite Leafs of all-time.
Lanny McDonald is a player I learned to love as a Leaf Benjamin Button style. As a child of the 80s I grew up knowing Lanny McDonald as a star player on the Flames, and as I started collecting hockey cards, Lanny’s Colorado Rockies cards were some of the favourites in my collection. It wasn’t until I moved to the GTA that I embraced Lanny as my favourite historical Leaf. It’s unlikely that McDonald’s time with the Leafs will ever see his number honoured (7 is already honoured for King Clancy and Tim Horton) and he’s probably not likely to earn a spot on Legend’s Row, but McDonald should be remembered as one of, if not the greatest scoring right wingers in Leafs history.
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August 28 2015 06:15AM
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August 27 2015 01:58PM
The 80s where a magical time to be a Leafs fan, and by
magical I mean hopeless and full of despair. It was a decade that taught Leafs
fans to appreciate the little things like knowing that someday your favourite
player would have the chance to win the cup for a contender, and that the Leafs
could always count on being just good enough to be out of contention for
drafting a player like Mario Lemieux.