Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 19 2013 09:21PM
So, the mailbag disappeared for a little bit. I'm a horrible person and forgot that it was Monday for two consecutive weeks. The third week, the bulk of what I got was hate mail. On top of that, I've disappeared for a bit, because I've been stuck between a mixture of family stuff, and being sick. With that said, all is good now, soI figure we should kick things off with a mailbag. For future reference, I'm also changing the Mailbag schedule. By that, I mean there isn't one. When we have enough questions and responses done to put out a mailbag, it'll be out. So, the ball is in everybody's court. If you want frequent mailbags, leave frequent questions. If not, don't.
August 19 2013 09:00PM
On this episode, Ben Fanelli joins the show to talk about his amazing story, New York Rangers camp, and his experience with new Marlies coach Steve Spott. Steve and Adam also dip into their usual Leafs talk, Grabo going to the Canucks, long contracts, Alfie, and how Chris has NEVER seen a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em video.
August 19 2013 08:14AM
Name: David Broll
Position: Left Wing
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Size: 6'3", 235 lbs
2013 teams: Sault-Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Toronto Marlies
Acquired: Draft - 6th round, 2011
We kick off our Top 20 prospects feature with David Broll of the Sault-Ste. Marie Greyhounds rounding up the end of the list. Compiling the list of names for the top twenty players, you begin to realize just how much depth there is organizationally, particularly along the wing position. It's apparent that a few years ago Brian Burke told his scouts to look out especially for big wingers. Just scrolling down the list, I count six guys that fit the profile, and somehow Broll ended up last.
August 18 2013 04:29PM
So close. These guys all found their way on to somebody's Top Twenty list, but didn't receive enough votes from the Leafs Nation staff in order to get their own special profile in our upcoming countdown. It's not all bad news, however… As these guys received at least some recognition, they are now ineligible to rank anywhere in next month's TLN Worst Leafs Prospect special.
August 16 2013 07:51PM
It's Summer, and that means that The Leafs Nation Staff is completely clueless as to what we should write about. Bozak isn't very good, Bernier wasn't necessary, Nonis is the Demon Prince of Poor Sports Management... We've covered it all, and now we're sad and lethargic and out of ideas.
Naturally, that makes it as good a time as any to talk prospects, and the entire TLN staff has cast their votes for our very first (and possibly last) TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects feature.
- Cam Charron, Steve Dangle, Ryan Fancey, Jon Steitzer, Jeffrey Veillette, Emily G, special guest Mark Edwards of HockeyProspect.com, and Justin Fisher (yours truly) have all cast votes for their top twenty Leafs prospects.
- We didn't define what a 'prospect' is. We considered age, skill, professional experience, and referred to our common senses. Amazingly, we were all pretty much on the same page.
- Each writer defined their own criteria for their rankings. We considered age, skill, experience, potential, and the likelihood of reaching that potential... and referred to our common senses.
- We'll be kicking off this feature on Sunday with an 'Honourable Mentions' piece, then post one new player every weekday until we crown our top youngster in a month's time. Don't worry, it won't be me all month - you'll be getting prospect profiles from pretty much the entire team here.
- Our list is bang-on, and no matter what else you read on any other site on the internet, we're right and we'll always be right. Na na na boo boo, stick your head in doo doo.
See you Sunday!