May 14 2014 08:31PM
Here at The Leafs Nation, we're a bunch of stupid nerds. So much so, that people have complained about our repeated references to the Pokemon video game and series. For that, I'm sorry, and there will be no references to Pokemon in this introduction.
With that said, the Toronto Marlies totally remind me of Super Mario Bros. right now. They've grabbed the picked up some coins, and now they've got the Gold Star. The Gold Star makes you invincible; you can kill your opponents just by running through them. But eventually, the star's power fades away, and if a brown goomba is in your path as it disappears, you're going to die.
Chicago wears a maroonish brown, They might be humans wearing wolves on their chests rather than sentient mushrooms, but at the end of the day, the Toronto Marlies have to have their gold star end at some point, right? It wasn't tonight, however, as the blue and white pulled off a 4-3 overtime win.
May 14 2014 10:31AM
It's amazing how beloved Leo Komarov became in Toronto in so little time. Despite only playing 49 games and 550 minutes, everybody's favourite Finn/Russian/Estonian who also speaks Swedish and English may have the highest approval rating of any non-core Leafs player in the past couple of years. With a recent development, it looks like he may be coming back sooner than you'd think.
May 13 2014 09:34PM
There's something I really like about Drew MacIntyre. Besides the fact he appears to be genuinely nice and friendly to everyone who comes into contact with him, and the whole being really good at stopping pucks thing, he's not afraid to give you an honest answer. It may not be the one that fits the story you're working on, but I'd rather hear somebody's actual thought than a cliche that fits my agenda.
With that said, who else is better to give his feelings on the series so far?
May 13 2014 08:44PM
Goalie prospects, especially those who come out of the QMJHL, can be pretty difficult to evaluate.
For example, when the Leafs drafted Antoine Bibeau in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Draft (his second year of eligibility), the reaction was pretty, uh, well I'm not sure if there was a reaction. As time passed, Bibeau's stat lines didn't strike anyone as "amazing", or even "good". In fact, when TLN put together its Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings, Bibeau didn't even make our list of honourable mentions, let alone our top twenty list.
May 13 2014 12:01PM
Hockey without the bullpoo.