August 26 2015 08:07AM
As we continue our TLN Top 20 Prospects countdown, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Here's the next player to join our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs team...
With most of these player profiles, we often start off by describing the player's junior hockey career... Things like where they learned to play hockey, what junior league they came up through, and their statistical accomplishments at the amateur level.
For Syl Apps, that kind of stuff almost doesn't exist.
Yes, he played hockey with the varsity team at McMaster University, but Apps was probably better known as a Marauders football player. In fact, it was on the gridiron that Conn Smythe scouted the stand-out athlete and reportedly offered him an NHL contract before he even saw Apps on skates.
August 25 2015 10:25PM
On this episode, Sasky Stewart, one of hockey's most interesting people, talks about discovering hockey in Australia, moving to Canada, and working for the NHL and CWHL. She also tells the single most cringeworthy Steve story ever.
August 25 2015 04:38PM
When it became obvious that the Leafs were getting ready for a fire sale last winter, everybody knew what they wanted back - picks, picks, and more picks. After all, great teams tend to utilize the draft to pick the members of their future core, and thanks to their age, allow for a lot of well-thought out planning to get them where they need to go.
So, naturally, when the Leafs traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators, most of the focus went to the first round draft pick they acquired. But also included in the deal was Brendan Leipsic, a player who was already exceeding expectations before joining the organization and looks poised to continue to do so.
August 25 2015 11:00AM
The Age of Analytics has helped us understand the value of players whose boxcars don't necessarily help them buy cars. Instead, it has helped players turn possessing the puck into possessing a mansion.
But somehow, analytics have cast a negative light on the group who are most vital to winning - character players.
August 25 2015 08:27AM
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.
The second of our three goalies on this All-Time team should stir up a little argument.
Curtis Joseph didn't play with the Leafs as long as some other netminders we could have included on this list, and along with Sundin is the only other entry we've had so far who played most of their career post-1990. But his contributions to the team are actually quite staggering when we look back at the Quinn era, the last time the city saw anything resembling a contender.