August 10 2015 12:30PM
Heading into last year's preseason, our expectations for Matt Finn were sky high. He had just come off of a near point-per-game season with the OHL's Guelph Storm, and in the process, captained said team all the way to the Memorial Cup Final. They lost that game, but in the process, he climbed up our charts, making a three position jump from fifth to second on our annual rankings.
Which makes it all the more surreal that we're opening up this year's rankings with a twentieth placed Matt Finn.
August 10 2015 09:00AM
As we make the transition from "oh, hockey is over for a bit" to "OH MY GOD, CAN'T HOCKEY JUST START AGAIN", the crew here at The Leafs Nation are always looking for new things to talk about. As you've probably noticed, we've begun multiple mini-series, looking back, at, and ahead into the history of the Leafs. If you've ever wondered how we decide who the best of the best are for these series, I'll tell you straight up; it's by screaming at each other. The only thing that has stopped Jon and I from coming to blows is a 3500km gap between our houses.
That's what makes us the best. We care and we laugh it off afterward. I don't know what this has to do with the mailbag, but as I'm sure you've noticed, I've given up on pretending the opening paragraph of the mailbag means anything. So, uhh, keep sending in your questions every week! (Seriously though)
August 09 2015 05:25PM
Welcome to the 2015 TLN Toronto Maple Leafs Top 20 Prospects rankings, our annual prospect countdown that we will carry through the next few weeks. We'll laugh, we'll cry... We'll probably fight a lot. The point is, we're going to be diving head first into the Leafs' prospect pool and harshly judging a group of teenagers, hyping up their strengths and brutally criticizing them for their weaknesses! Yay!
August 09 2015 02:48PM
We’ve reached the end of our Reliving journey and come to think of it, we should’ve Benjamin Buttoned this thing so we could end on the high note of the Quinn years instead of a season that saw the Leafs with their highest draft selection since the Leafs picked Scott Thornton in 1989. This is also the year you just had to endure and would probably love to forget. Compared to some of the other seasons we’ve discussed this is far from the worst. We saw the Leafs do a few things to set themselves up for success further down the road, and we closed the door on the Carlyle era, the Nonis era, and unfortunately the Kessel era. So once more unto the breach, dear friends…
August 08 2015 12:01PM
The 2012-2013 season was carried by goaltending, so it stands to reason that the 2013-2014 season was... well, not. Regression caught up to James Reimer (in other words, he was no longer able to staunch the flow of shots bleeding through Toronto's blue line) and although Jonathan Bernier was a superhuman, he's a breakable superhuman.
This year was kind of sad. That's about all I'll say.