October 28 2013 03:09PM
Matt Finn - D - Guelph Storm (OHL)
This is a real statement year for Matt Finn, the Leafs’ second round pick in 2012. While 11 goals and 31 points in 41 games last season is nothing to shake a stick at, Finn will look to stay healthy and take a step forward in what should be his last year in Junior.
Early on, it looks like he’s well on his way. Finn scored a goal and an assist in Sunday’ 7-4 Guelph victory over London, and is currently working a nine game point streak that includes three goals and seven helpers. With 14 points in 13 games so far this season, Finn ranks fourth in OHL scoring amongst defencemen.
We named Finn our 5th best Leafs prospect back in September, and with Colborne now wearing a Flames jersey, he now ranks a spot higher. At 6’1, 204lb, Finn has good size to go along with a strong two-way game and hard shot. He’s right up there with Stuart Percy as the Leafs’ best defensive prospect outside of Morgan Rielly.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
October 28 2013 10:08AM
If the Toronto Maple Leafs really were rewarding players based on performance, it seemed like just a matter of time before John-Michael Liles clawed his way back in to the NHL, even if for a brief stay. Now, twenty nine days after clearing waivers and being assigned to the Toronto Marlies, he's back with the big club.
"I think we have quite a few really good defencemen in this organization and its never a bad thing to have. It just makes for a couple of odd guys out every now and again." said Liles when originally sent down, and so far, he appears to be right. While forwards have made their way up and down over the past few weeks, it's been hard for any defencemen to make a leap in any part of the organization.
October 27 2013 04:56PM
Cody Franson Vancouver Giants bobblehead!!! You jeally?
On this episode, the guys talk about what to do with James Reimer, why everyone hates Toronto, and exchange awesome gifts!
October 27 2013 02:13PM
"Hockey and bingo go great together." - Don Cherry...not really.
October 27 2013 01:52PM
Every now and then I'll have a compounded add-on to the game thread. Usually the morning after a game is Steve's space for the LFR, but we have a SERIOUS DISCUSSION going in the comments of the Leafs-Penguins recap pertaining to Colton Orr's solid Corsi number on Saturday.
Colton Orr's solid WHAT? Yes, as mentioned by Jeff O'Neill on the post-game show Saturday, Colton Orr lead the Toronto Maple Leafs in Corsi against the Penguins. With Orr on the ice, the Maple Leafs directed 10 shot attempts at the Penguins net and had just 1 against. The 90.9% rate was the best on the Leafs, and the +9 raw number was the second best among all players in the game, behind Joe Vitale's +10. ExtraSkater.com has all the excellent nuggets.
What does it mean, man?