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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Richard Clune signs NHL deal; will report to Leafs

Jeff Veillette
October 29 2015 09:37AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have really made a point to keep us on our toes this morning, haven't they? Hot off the news of a new MLSE President and Mark Arcobello being placed on waivers, the team announced that Richard Clune has been upgraded to an NHL contract and will practice with the team today.

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Leafs to Waive Mark Arcobello (updated)

Jon Steitzer
October 29 2015 08:29AM

With Bozak returning to the lineup, Spaling likely to be back soon too, and Mike Babcock's new found appreciation of Byron Froese being a thing, it seemed like something was bound to give with the Leafs forward group. 

Yesterday I made my case for why Peter Holland shouldn't be a victim of this low end depth, and today it appears the odd man out has been chosen:

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Michael Friisdahl is the Next MLSE President

Jon Steitzer
October 29 2015 08:04AM

I guess this is news that many of us aren't overly interested in beyond the fact it means the end of Tim Leiweke, but it appears that MLSE will finally have a new President and Brendan Shanahan will have a new boss. 

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Bibeau gets Marlies' first Back-to-Back, but ends winning streak in 3-1 defeat

Jeff Veillette
October 28 2015 09:18PM

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A reoccurring theme for the Toronto Marlies over the past has come between the pipes. Since the Brian Burke era, the Leafs organization has almost always had a pair of young netminders in the Marlies, competing against each other in an attempt to win the starting job, which theoretically would help to improve their game.

Some good goalies have come up through this method; James Reimer has obviously been with the Leafs for years, Ben Scrivens spent a few years in the NHL and is a hot streak away from working his way back up. Even some of the guys who didn't quite make it (Jussi Rynnas, Mark Owuya, etc) have continued to get paid in pro hockey while producing decent results in the immediate for the Marlies. Save for the year and a half where Drew MacIntyre controlled the pipes, the trend has always been for that young duo to be the nucleus.

That hasn't changed this year; Antoine Bibeau and Garret Sparks are both vying to get the bulk of the minutes. Tonight, Antoine Bibeau got the first semblance of an indication that he might carry the weight.

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