TLN Prospect Profile: #13 Nikita Soshnikov

Bobby Cappuccino
August 19 2015 09:00AM


The Most Eventful Season in Maple Leafs History has seen a lot of changes, most of which have contributed to the revitalization of the prospect pool. Adding players like Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen to the top tier of a system that already featured William Nylander is one way to do that.

One of the more under-the-radar “stocking the cupboard” moves this offseason was the signing of Nikita Soshnikov, a Russian right winger. At 5’11 and 183 pounds, Soshnikov is one of many ‘smaller but skilled’ guys the Leafs are taking a chance on moving forward. 

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Leafs Team: Ian Turnbull

Jeff Veillette
August 19 2015 07:01AM

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.  

If Borje Salming was the greatest defenceman the Leafs had in the 1970s, Ian Turnbull wasn't far behind. While his stay wasn't overly long, his impact was felt immediately as he helped the Leafs keep up with some of the dynasty rosters of the era from an offensive standpoint.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Aug 18, 2015 - 200!!!

Steve Dangle
August 18 2015 07:26PM

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On today's episode, HAPPY 200th episode, a special shoutout from Willy Nylander, and sorry for the clip show.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #14 Viktor Loov

Jeff Veillette
August 18 2015 02:35PM


Fans in every city love their "oddball" players, who lack shyness and are abundant in borderline confusing personality traits. Various interviews and media scrums throughout the year put Viktor Loov on the map with the casual fanbase because of this; he was never shy to talk about anything from hockey, to food, to William Nylander wasting his bandwidth on Xbox One games. 

But Loov has the potential to be more than just a character - he has the potential to be a legitimate two-way contributor on an NHL blueline.

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Jacques Lemaire explains what his role with Maple Leafs will entail

Angelo Montilla
August 18 2015 11:58AM

If Jacques Lamaire's new title of special assignment coach with the Maple Leafs still has you scratching your head, the former Stanley Cup champion bench boss clarified what his role entails heading into the season.

Speaking on Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports on Monday, Lemaire said both general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock both approached him with the opportunity shortly after Lamoriello was hired. Lemaire will essentially be an extra set of eyes watching from the press box (or his cottage) and reporting to Babcock regularly.

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