September 08 2014 09:16AM
This may be the written blog I’m most proud of. It was originally posted on RealSports.ca in mid-November of 2011, but it got deleted. Then I posted it on SteveDangle.com in January of 2013 but I just recently deleted that site, too. For those who missed it and those who want to revisit it, here is "The Punk Test" once again.
I first heard of the punk test in a clip of Sirius XM’s Opie and Anthony Show. Comedian Patrice O’Neal, a regular guest of the show (who sadly passed away only weeks after this was written), told a story of a time he was robbed as a teenager, a terrifying incident he now looks back on and laughs about. Before the robbery could take place, Patrice says his attacker gave him the “punk test.”
September 08 2014 06:36AM
For the first time since drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Connor Brown has been unanimously recognized as a top ten prospect by the TLN staff. A skilled yet undersized winger, Brown showed steady improvement up until last season, when he broke out and dominated the Ontario Hockey League. In 68 games with the Erie Otters last season, Brown scored 45 goals and led the OHL (and CHL) with 128 points. For his efforts, Brown was named the league's Most Valuable Player.
September 07 2014 02:51PM
Coming in at number seven on our list is Andreas Johnson, who has really made a name for himself in the last calendar year. In our 2013 list, he didn't crack the top 20. Even more, he has jumped seven (!) spots since the midterm rankings.
September 07 2014 10:14AM
When I first heard that the Toronto Maple Leafs were having a "Fan Festival" to "give back to the community", I was pretty stoked. Several other NHL teams have had similar initiatives, and it's a good way to connect with fans that aren't usually in the stands. More importantly, something like that is almost impossible to mess up.
Leave it to the Toronto Maple Leafs to do just that, in what turned out to be a complete disaster.
September 06 2014 03:53PM
Carter “Not Ashton” Verhaeghe comes in as TLN’s 8th best Leafs prospect in terms of talent, but #1 for difficulty of spelling his last name. Although he plays a different style of game than Gauthier (our #9 prospect), his offensive acumen ultimately scored him ahead of Gauthier on our list. Not surprising, given the need for offensively-talented players in the system. And let's be real: Gauthier's year was disappointing.