October 10 2015 02:06PM
October 09 2015 09:48PM
I don't know how many times I'll be able to say "William Nylander is really good at hockey" before you all get bored and young Snizzbone puts a restraining order on me. With that said, that day hasn't come yet, but the start of the Toronto Marlies' season came tonight. A somewhat renovated Ricoh Coliseum was the home of many debuts tonight, but it was the 19-year-old sophomore who stole the show.
October 09 2015 08:34PM
So the Leafs...
Well. It's a rebuild. Guys, it's game two and already, there are only so many different ways that I can tell you that the team looks like this by design.
(Either that, or Mike Babcock is still secretly rooting for his old team to win, in which case there's literally nothing we could do tonight.)
October 09 2015 02:51PM
These are not the Marlies who started last season with just five wins in their first nineteen games.
Technically, neither were the Marlies who finished off that season. As players started to gel, and a couple of additional talents were brought in, the team went on a 35-15-7 run to end the year. It was a pleasant surprise to those who just wanted to see the kids play their hearts out, yet after a quick first round elimination, you couldn't help but feel like this group was capable of a little more.
Fast forward to October. It's a new season. The core players remain with more experience than ever before, and they've been bolstered it with additional talent. Together, the old guard and the new kids on the block appear ready to take the American Hockey League for a wild and crazy ride. Let's go down the 26 man roster.
October 09 2015 12:51PM
In Toronto's opening season loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, we saw what looked like a completely different Maple Leafs team than we watched last year. A strong possession game, an abandon of the dump-and-chase... A noticeable lack of skill and finish. We don't expect this team to win a lot of games this season, but it'll still be worth tuning in if this Mike Babcock team can but in the same consistent effort on a daily basis.