May 04 2015 10:58AM
It’s a long way to go before the Leafs are playing hockey again, and that means the occasional Player Power Rankings may have to go off the beaten path, and look at players who aren’t Leafs (yet.) This week I’m looking to the HFBoards to help me out, and here are the Power Rankings of players acquired by the HFBoards for the Leafs.
May 03 2015 05:41PM
Many thought this series was over after what we saw last weekend. The Toronto Marlies, a team that has spent months playing with their backs against the wall, rallied from adversity not once, but twice, to take a 2-0 lead in their best of five opening round series against the Grand Rapids Griffins. The past few days haven't been helpful to their cause, though; the Griffins rebounded and tied the series with two wins of tonight. Tonight's game offered two paths; another 4+ games of hockey, or a dead end.
Unfortunately, the Griffins proved to be too much for them, winning Game 5 by a score of 3-1.
May 02 2015 08:26PM
Thankfully, the post-Red Wings elimination fall out wasn't as bad as it could have theoretically been. Landon Ferraro would have had to clear waivers. Tomas Jurco has an international stage to hang out on. Petr Mrazek is too good to set foot in another league at this point. The only player to find his way to the Grand Rapids Griffins was Alexey Marchenko. So, it could have been worse.
But this Griffins team is still good. Very good, even, as they proved tonight by tying the series by outscoring the Toronto Marlies 5-4.
May 02 2015 03:51PM
On this episode, the guys talk about the beginning of Round Two, the stupid draft, and Jonathan Bernier.
May 02 2015 12:35PM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!