Toronto's Lost Russians

Pension Plan Puppets
November 01 2011 09:51AM

Andrey Osadchenko is the Nations' friendly roving Russian reporter who joins us for a look at some Leafs' picks that haven't panned out.

You wouldn't think of the Leafs as of an organization who falls for sexy Russian picks. On the contrary, if they draft a Russian, they tend to do so in a late round. Lower expectations lead to lesser disappointment. Although, if this shot in the dark miraculously turns into something valuable, anybody would take it on any given day.

Need an example? Daniil Markov - drafted in 1995, 9th round, 223rd overall, 538 games in the NHL. Sergei Berezin - drafted in 1994, 10th round, 256th overall, 502 games in the NHL. Nikolai Borschevsky - drafted in 1992, 4th round, 77th overall, 162 games in the NHL.

However, there were more losses than gains for the Leafs with ruskies. Here are the most recent ones.

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October 31 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
October 31 2011 02:26AM



All Hallows Eve is here in all its glory, with children headed to the door this evening in search of treats their parents would never let them near any other night, and those same parents openly regretting the sugar rush they're about to bestow on said urchins. Of course, for those of you in between those ages, Hallowe'en is about other pursuits, and those are perfectly fine as well. As an aside, when did this copious skin baring business start in earnest? When I was in university in the early 80's, you'd only see someone in their knickers if you were dating them, and even then it was iffy ;-) I'm not complaining, mind, just attempting to fill the gaps in my knowledge base.

Anyhoo, let's get to it. In this aggregation of notes, the Leafs hit a roadblock in the nation's capital, the Oil are cruising for now, and Vancouver snaps out of their funk with a bang.

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JP Nikota
October 30 2011 08:20PM

Jonas Gustavsson played very, very well through almost the entire game, but wound up allowing an absolutely Toskalian goal at 7:08 of the third period to sink the Leafs. That said, even though such a weak goal wound up being the difference, the Leafs had far from their best outing tonight, and blame cannot rest solely on Gustavsson's shoulders.

The game started off well, with a power play marker from Clarke MacArthur coming at 11:20 of the opening frame, but the Leafs' effort rather troughed between that point and the MacArthur's next goal at 9:07 of the third. Certainly, fatigue could have been an issue, but even though the Leafs have played 3 games in 4 nights, it's never easy to settle for a loss to the Senators.

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Nation Network Hockey Pool: October 30th Edition

Jonathan Willis
October 30 2011 03:19PM

After many requests, we’ve finally sat down and updated the standings in the Nation Network Hockey Pool.

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October 30 2011 01:32PM

Another week in the NHL season is now in the can and as expected Phil Kessel leads the league in points, Nikolai Khabilbulin has the lowest GAA among goalies and the Oilers are in first place in the West. No, you haven't accidentally stumbled through a worm hole into a parallel universe.

This is NationRadio.

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