August 31 2015 08:09AM
When the Leafs traded their 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft to move down, I was a little upset. Others questioned the move too - with Travis Konecny still on the board, why not take him and run away laughing? But I was sad for a different reason - TLN favourite Jeremy Bracco was still available, and he most certainly wouldn’t be by the time the Leafs picked again. Or so I thought.
August 30 2015 04:17PM
Rick Vaive was drafted fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1979. After just one season, he was dealt to Toronto as part of a package that saw Tiger Williams and Jerry Butler head west. Williams would put up one 30-goal season in Vancouver, Butler never hit 20. Vaive hit 50 goals three times in Toronto and hit at least 30 another four times in his 7 seasons in the Blue and White. It's perhaps the 2nd best Toronto-Vancouver trade ever, after Cam Charron for a writer to be named later (which turned out to be Jeff Veillette).
August 29 2015 08:31AM
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.
Thirty seconds left in the game. Leafs are down by one and are on the powerplay. Lose the faceoff because they can't trade for Yanic Perreault anymore. The other team dumps the puck. You have time to recover it, make one zone entry, and possibly take a shot or two. Who do you send to start if off?
If your answer isn't Tomas Kaberle, you're objectively wrong.
August 28 2015 09:59AM
We're nearly into our top five Leafs prospects, but just outside that group is the newly-added Travis Dermott, Toronto's second-round pick out of Erie in this pas draft. It should be noted right away that the difference between Dermott and the 4th/5th-ranked prospects on this list were minimal in terms of voting.
Given the Leafs traded down to select him, Dermott is an example of a pick we probably didn't know too much about heading into the draft, but we definitely like what we've learned since.
August 28 2015 07:57AM
Since we’re nearing the close of the TLN All-Time Leafs Team posts, I thought I’d take a slightly different approach with one of my favourite Leafs of all-time.
Lanny McDonald is a player I learned to love as a Leaf Benjamin Button style. As a child of the 80s I grew up knowing Lanny McDonald as a star player on the Flames, and as I started collecting hockey cards, Lanny’s Colorado Rockies cards were some of the favourites in my collection. It wasn’t until I moved to the GTA that I embraced Lanny as my favourite historical Leaf. It’s unlikely that McDonald’s time with the Leafs will ever see his number honoured (7 is already honoured for King Clancy and Tim Horton) and he’s probably not likely to earn a spot on Legend’s Row, but McDonald should be remembered as one of, if not the greatest scoring right wingers in Leafs history.