A brief chat with 2011 Leafs first rounder Stuart Percy

Cam Charron
September 22 2012 09:20AM

Stuart Percy was drafted in the first round, 25th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2011 Entry Draft out of the Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors. After missing much of the OHL season last season due to injury, Percy played on the Toronto Marlies' extended playoff run.

He's returned to Mississauga, the team is now called the Steelheads, this fall, as the team captain. TLN caught up with him briefly after Mississauga's Friday night home opener, a 3-0 loss to the Kitchener Rangers.

When I first saw you play it was back during the Memorial Cup and you were more of a stay at home guy. It looked like you were taking a few more chances offensively tonight, is that something the Leafs have got you to work on?

Stuart Percy: Yeah, I think in the Memorial Cup and in the playoff run there I was trying to keep it sound and safe back there, but in the regular season I think I'm going to try and make a couple more rushes here and there when I can. I saw a couple of chances today and took them like I did, you know if it's there I'm going to try, but I'm not going to force it too much.

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Grabovski’s insurance can force him to sign with CSKA

Andrey Osadchenko
September 21 2012 01:24PM

Mikhail Grabovski hasn’t signed with any KHL team yet, despite numerous reports that suggested he’d play for either Dinamo Minsk or Barys Astana or even CSKA. The Maple Leafs forward was as surprised to learn about his transatlantic vocation as anybody.

"I have no idea where did this Sport-Express reporter get information about me signing with Dinamo," he said in an interview to Pressball. "Sport-Express loves stuff like that. They reported that Malkin would sign with CSKA like 10 times. My situation is still uncertain. I only know that I want to play and I have a few offers. I don’t know how it’s going to pan out. My agent is working hard on it as we speak. I can assure you I’m going to stay in Toronto for at least one week and practice here. Sure, I would like to play in Minsk. But at the same time I'd rather have lockout ended."

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VIDEO: Tyler Biggs instigates a fight in OHL debut

Cam Charron
September 21 2012 07:58AM

It's almost so expected.

You get just ten fights before you start serving two-game suspensions, and first-rounder Tyler Biggs got a leg-up on the competition here, getting into the first fight of the season. Ty Bilcke, who led the league last season with 37 scraps in Windsor, apparently mustered the stomach to turn down a fight with Daniel Zweep.

So a rough OHL debut for Biggs, you'd say. Well, depends who you ask.

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Leafs CHL Prospects Year Over Year Points

Gus Katsaros
September 20 2012 10:10AM

As Canadian Hockey Leagues fire up the generators for opening night, I thought I’d share some the Leafs point totals by players drafted from 2010 and returned to their respective CHL teams.

The three leagues under the CHL umbrella start their respective seasons WHL (47th) QMJHL (44rd) and the OHL (33rd).

With the NHL lockout, fans looking for alternatives have the option of following some of their own team’s prospects returned to the CHL, a likely natural lure to see future NHLers.

Basic boxcar stats don’t provide enough context for prospects development but they do still have a place in a symbiotic relationship with scouting notes. In both instances, you’re looking for something to stick out, be it an improved first-step burst, or an anomalous number in a place to pique curiosity to explore further.

One such anomaly that is easily pointed out below as we will see.

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NHL cancels preseason games; where was NBA last year?

Cam Charron
September 20 2012 06:17AM

Even though we all knew it was going to happen, the announcement of the cancellation of NHL pre-season games was still a bit of a blow yesterday as the reality of the lockout hit.

"Oh, this is real, we're going to start missing games over this."

Just before closing time yesterday, the NHL sent out this press release. I thought some of the typography was a little odd:

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