#TBT: An abridged history of the Leafs' future saviours

Adam Laskaris
June 11 2015 07:47PM

When Mike Babcock was ultimately introduced as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, many pointed to the former Stanley Cup winner and two-time Olympic Gold Medallist as the Leafs' saviour.

Some excited, some wary, and some just wondering how exactly Mike Babcock became a Maple Leaf, you'd better bet that the pressure couldn't be higher for him.

But as a presumed reader of the Toronto media, you've probably heard that line before. There's an odd obsession that one individual person in a team sport should be tasked with bringing the success. Unless you're LeBron James, it's not exactly an easy task to do. Yet the story is almost always the exact same when the new guy comes into town.

All of the following names have been hailed at one time or another the saviour of the Leafs from fans, media, or both. Why is that? What's with this city and this team's weird obsession of finding "the right guy" instead of "the right guys"? 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Jun, 11, 2015 - I CAN

Steve Dangle
June 11 2015 06:11PM

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On this episode, the Final, Pierre yelling, New Zealand, and inventing new traditions.

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First Round Targets: Thomas Novak

Jon Steitzer
June 11 2015 03:00PM

For the second time in our First Round Target series we visit the bustling metropolis of Waterloo, Iowa. Justin Fisher profiled the Waterloo Blackhawk’s high scoring winger, Brock Boeser, now we’ll take a look at even more all over the board playmaking center, Thomas Novak.

Novak’s committed to the University of Minnesota next season and certainly isn’t a risk for jumping into the NHL right away, so you can count on him attending. He would provide the Leafs with the opportunity to develop a playmaking center through one of the better NCAA hockey programs, and that may be necessary since although he’s highly touted, Novak also looks like he has some areas still in need of development.

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Deep Thoughts by Kyle Dubas: On Being Clutch

Jon Steitzer
June 11 2015 12:50PM


Not really much of a secret around these parts, but the writers of The Leafs Nation are pretty big fans of Kyle Dubas even though he stole our managing editor away from us. With that it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that when Kyle speaks we are anxious to hear what he has to say.

Today Craig Custance put up a story on whether or not teams can identify clutch players when building their rosters (behind the ESPN insider paywall), while I'm sure you can guess what Kyle's thoughts are on players being clutch, his answers are wonderful and perfect, and it's worth sharing a snippet or two before you go out to become ESPN insiders members to read the rest.

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First Round Targets: Jansen Harkins

Adam Laskaris
June 11 2015 10:57AM

Jansen Harkins is a name that could be applied to both a cop in a made-for-TV movie and a current junior hockey player.

The son of former NHLer Todd Harkins, the Prince George Cougars' centre (and team leading scorer) is currently being projected as a late-first round option.

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