December 21 2015 06:00AM
With the 2016 World Junior Championships just days away, TLN will be revisiting some of the best performances by Maple Leafs prospects during past WJC tournaments. Today, we kick things off with one of the more controversial (and painful) stories.
Almost every year, one goaltender makes a name for himself on the world stage of the IIHF U20 World Junior Championships. Sometimes, we're lucky enough to see two excellent young netminders lock horns and go save-for-save, even when they're not playing against each other. Carey Price versus Semyon Varlamov in 2007 stands out as a great one, as well as John Gibson against Andrei Vasilevski (and Andrei Makarov) in 2013. We can also think way back to Dominik Hasek versus everyone in 1983 - a tournament that also featured Mike Vernon, John Vanbiesbrouck and Tom Barrasso.
Or, you know, 2006's Justin Pogge versus Tuukka Rask.
December 20 2015 04:59PM
The big boys club announced a transfer from the little club- as the Leafs announced today the recalling of Rich Clune from the Toronto Marlies.
December 20 2015 03:43PM
It's official- the Maple Leafs will see two of their own wearing a different Maple Leaf this holiday season.
A pair of Leaf prospects- Mitch Marner and Travis Dermott- were named to the final roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship kicking off this Saturday in Helsinki, Finland.
December 20 2015 02:41PM
December 19 2015 08:35PM
Bernier...saved the first shot.— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) December 20, 2015
Bernier saved the first shot... and the second shot... and the next 24 after that, too.
A 5-0 win against the Kings for Jonathan Bernier's first victory of the season- just like everyone predicted.
Bernier (finally!) got the monkey off his back, earning his shutout of the year in impressive fashion.