September 09 2015 06:58AM
Last week, TLN's very own Ryan Fancey ruffled a couple feathers with his very point-of-fact assertion that Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos will (probably) become a Toronto Maple Leaf when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next off season.
I wouldn't say I'm willing to call it yet, but I do think that where there's smoke, there's quite often fire. Stamkos-to-the-Leafs has been telegraphed for years now, and I can't imagine the 25-year old hasn't seriously considered joining his home town team, with its new look front office, coaching staff, and prospect pool, just ahead Toronto's centennial season in 2017.
It's for all of those reasons as well that the Leafs would want Stamkos as much (and probably more) than he would want them.
September 08 2015 09:59PM
On this episode, an in-depth look at the Leafs prospect system with a reporter who lives and breathes the Marlies - Kyle Cicerella.
September 08 2015 08:06PM
NHL 16 hits shelves next week, and ahead of its much anticipated release, EA Sports met up with hockey's top prospects at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase and asked them how they think their player ratings will stack up.
Representing the Toronto Maple Leafs, Connor Brown, Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen spent some time together guessing at each others ratings as well as their own.
Brown, easily the most humble and least dickish of all the prospects (good Toronto boy), guessed that he was rated 67 overall. Marner, a nice and supportive friend, responded with an "Oh my God!", as in "Oh my God! You are so much better than a 67".
September 08 2015 07:43AM
We've finally wrapped up the TLN Top 20 Prospect countdown, and have declared Mitch Marner the finest prospect in all the land by the slimmest of margins. We had some players unexpectedly high (Harrington) and some that may seem low as soon as the CHL season starts up (Timashov).
That doesn't mean we're done with prospects, as there are plenty of players who didn't make our list. Today we'll take a look at some of the players who received votes but didn't make the cut and Wednesday and Thursday we'll take a look at the players we ignored completely. It's entirely possible that we've completely missed the boat on some of the guys and might realize that we have a diamond or two in the rough.
September 07 2015 04:58PM
It's Labour Day! Many look at today in different ways - some see it as a fashion cue, some see it as the death of summer, and children everywhere groan at the realities of having to go back to school. I like to take positives out of it, however; it's the last major holiday until hockey! Though, at the same time, the grocery stores are closed. The last second race to buy food yesterday was.. interesting. Anyway, let's tackle some questions.