October 09 2012 07:55AM
From the 2009 draft through 2012, the Leafs made 14 of 29 selections in NHL Entry Drafts that were their own. That means, 15 picks were acquired, whether it was for a player, or just as a strategy to move up in the draft order.
I’ve been going over transactions over the Brian Burke regime. There’s too much for just one post, so I’ll break it up in two with an introduction here and get more in depth later this week.
This post will focus on the Maple Leafs draft pick transactions since November 29, 2008, the date Burke took over the team.
October 09 2012 07:27AM
Nations contributors Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko have been tabbed by the KHL youtube channel to put together KHL highlight packages for the season this year. This is their debut video - if everyone likes it, we can make it a regular feature here at the Nations.
October 08 2012 10:43AM
The Toronto Marlies home opener. The Barrie Colts and the Sudbury Wolves. Drive a little north, and you get the Oshawa Generals on the road against the stacked Belleville Bulls. That doesn't count Friday night's game where Ottawa visit Mississauga, or Sunday's matinee where the Saginaw Spirit pay a visit to the Brampton Battalion.
This also doesn't include the countless minor hockey and junior games taking place around the province and country. Yes, next Saturday's "Hockey Not in Canada" protest organized by some folks over at We Want A Cup dot Com is not only counter-productive, but also shortsighted and indicative of Canada's dirty secret.
October 07 2012 09:13AM
After the jump: why the 2012-13 season won't be cancelled, looking at the possibility of replacement players, trying to identify players that raise their game in the post-season, and a lot more.
October 07 2012 08:25AM
Well, the Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 in Cobourg Saturday night. If the highlight video is any indication, it may be useful to not watch any highlight videos without first turning off your computer speakers. This is the time of year when the familiar sounds of sticks, pucks and skates are expected and perhaps the Marlies would have been better off letting the sounds of the game explain themselves.
So, what happened in each of the above clips? Well, I'll break down the video, quite literally:
0:00 - 0:02: Ben Scrivens and Mark Owuya lead the team out onto the ice.
0:03 - 0:04: Nazem Kadri, Greg Scott and Jesse Blacker are seen lining up for the national anthem.