Is van Riemsdyk turning into an elite forward under Babcock?

Ryan Fancey
October 30 2015 07:49AM

Over the summer months we took a good look at the Leafs and how the hiring of Babcock could rehabilitate some players' ability to play a solid puck-possession game after the years of trash hockey under Carlyle. The main target was usually Dion Phaneuf, but in August I asked the same thing about van Riemsdyk, a player far less polarizing but certainly getting his fair share of criticism over his defensive game as well.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 30 2015 06:45AM

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Flames look like smoldering dumpster fire, concern early in Canucks season, Leafs losing despite obvious improvements, Oilers next ten need to be better, Byfuglien hates three on three OT, Joe Thornton trade a decade later, daily fantasy, Evander Kane and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings. 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Oct 29, 2015 - CEOh Really?

Steve Dangle
October 29 2015 10:14PM


On the episode, the guys talk about MLSE's new CEO, the big Jays news, Leaf Land, and why both the Flames and Ducks are kind of screwed.

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McKenzie: Toronto Could Deal Polak for Right Price

Justin Fisher
October 29 2015 07:48PM

We haven't even reached November, and already the Toronto Maple Leafs are appearing in the trade rumour mills. It was expected all along that the Leafs would once again flip any and all of their veterans for assets, but I don't think we were expecting anything to heat up quite so quickly.

On tonight's segment of TSN's Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie explained how there's currently a low rumble on the trade market, with several teams looking to upgrade their blueline and shake up their roster before they slip too far back of the pack to recover. When speaking of players who could be on the move, one Leaf defender was named in particular...

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How excited should Maple Leafs fans be about Andreas Johnson?

Thomas Drance
October 29 2015 03:45PM

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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson is off to a stellar start to his age-21 campaign with the SHL's Frolunda Indians. The 20-year-old forward, who will turn 21 next months, is second on the team in points with 14, and is second to ex-Marlie Spencer Abbott in shots on goal with 42. Both of those marks rank him in the top-10 among SHL skaters. Not bad for a recent seventh-round draft pick.

Johnson is already on the radar for hardcore Maple Leafs fans, he was our seventh ranked prospect this past summer, but his game appears to have taken yet another leap forward this season. Should that change our assessment of him? How excited should Maple Leafs fans be about this guy?

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