Monday Mailbag: Philling Empty

Jeff Veillette
October 19 2015 02:49PM


Phil Kessel's first game against the Leafs has come and gone, and it was pretty underwhelming. He didn't score. The Penguins didn't run up the numbers. Tyler Bozak stayed out of the lineup, presumably to avoid showing up his best friend. But it's behind us now, and we can focus on the important things, like continuing to lose while looking good doing so. Oh, and answering Mailbag questions, obviously.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: October 19, 2015

Jon Steitzer
October 19 2015 09:54AM

My apologies to those of you who look forward to these power rankings, as I missed last week due to a rec hockey league injury. And my apologies to Joffrey Lupul, who is usually the butt of my injury jokes but since i was hurt before him this season I think he's earned at least a few weeks of just being made fun of for sucking at defense and being slow. You're welcome Joffrey.

As for the rest of the Leafs, thank you for once again difficult as hell to find the positives in this team.

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Leafs Prospect Update: October 18, 2015

Justin Fisher
October 18 2015 08:24PM

Marner Comes Alive, Piccinich Keeps Pace

After getting off to a rather slow start upon returning to the London Knights, top prospect Mitch Marner has begun heating up very quickly. Despite being held scoreless in a midweek tilt with Saginaw, Marner contributed three assists against Hamilton on Monday and another two goals and an assist against Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday. 

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The Toronto Marlies Will Not Go 76-0-0 This Year

Jeff Veillette
October 18 2015 04:29PM


With this year's expectations given to the Toronto Maple Leafs leaning towards "do your best" rather than "bring us some rings", the fanbase's expectations have been placed on their AHL counterparts, the Marlies. You can't blame the fans either; the team is loaded with young, NHL-quality players who are expected to be a big part of the future of the big club. In the meantime, they're expected to be the present of the league below.

Of course, they're a gigantic disappointment. Not only did they not go 76-0-0 this year, they've killed that dream in just four games. How do they sleep at night?

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LFR9 - Game 5 - Tears For Phil - Tor 1, Pit 2

Steve Dangle
October 18 2015 02:06PM

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Phil Kessel can't avoid getting picked on and even though the Leafs lost, they still sort of won.

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