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.
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September 05 2014 08:05AM
Sean Monahan a cautionary tale for Leon Draisaitl, advanced stats for dummies, player profiles, prospect depth charts and more in this week's Roundup