TLN Prospect Profile: #12 Frederik Gauthier

Jon Steitzer
August 20 2015 08:00AM

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With the departure of Tyler Biggs this summer it seems that Frederik Gauthier is in prime position to assume Bigg’s role as the whipping boy of Leafs prospects. There’s part of me that agrees with this as there are limitations to Gauthier’s game, and I can’t get over that “he’s not who I would’ve picked” in the draft.

On the other hand, who I would’ve picked doesn’t really matter, and what Gauthier does, which is play responsible hockey, he’s done very well at in the junior ranks, but with the speed and size of his competition about to increase it will be interesting to see what Gauthier’s first pro season will look like.

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The Best Jersey Sponsor for Every NHL Team #MyColumn

Bobby Cappuccino
August 19 2015 05:20PM

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With ads on jerseys becoming an inevitability, worries about sponsor logos on sacred NHL jerseys is at fever pitch. The thing is, people aren't thinking about this correctly - proper sponsorships won't even be noticeable.

Don't believe me? I thought you might feel that way, so I came up with suggestions for each team for who their sponsor should be and why. I think that after reading this, you'll see that you were wrong and that sponsorships are good.

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Report: Leafs Flex Muscles Again, Hire Oilers Scout Robert Nordmark

Adam Laskaris
August 19 2015 01:40PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs realized at a certain point in time that they have a lot of money to spend, and taken to the practice of hire front office personnel from other junior and professional teams, presumably by offering them more money than their competitors.

Via Expressen.se (via Lowetide), the Leafs pulled this manouevre off once again, albeit on more of a minor scale than acquiring a Babcock/Lamoriello/Hunter/Dubas. In a rough (Google) translation:

Large Club Toronto Maple Leafs stole for himself Edmonton Scout Robert Nordmark. He is part of the NHL giant's transformation during the summer. "Toronto is the hockey Mecca and it is a challenge to work for them," says Nordmark.

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TLN's All-Time Greatest Leafs Team: Doug Gilmour

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 19 2015 01:00PM

As we embark on our annual TLN Top 20 Prospects series, it's important to remember and recognize the special players that paved the way for tomorrow's stars. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing our first ever TLN All-Time Greatest Leafs Team, announcing a new player every day until we've filled out our 23-man roster.  

The Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves in an interesting position in the early 1990's. Steve Stavro wanted to move on from the actions of his predecessor, Harold Ballard, but with the opportunity to acquire a blue-chip prospect lost through the wildly unsuccessful Tom Kurvers trade, his staff would have to improvise. Cliff Fletcher responded by making the biggest trade in NHL history, centred around getting one of the best players the Toronto Maple Leafs have ever had.

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TLN Prospect Profile: #13 Nikita Soshnikov

Bobby Cappuccino
August 19 2015 09:00AM

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The Most Eventful Season in Maple Leafs History has seen a lot of changes, most of which have contributed to the revitalization of the prospect pool. Adding players like Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen to the top tier of a system that already featured William Nylander is one way to do that.

One of the more under-the-radar “stocking the cupboard” moves this offseason was the signing of Nikita Soshnikov, a Russian right winger. At 5’11 and 183 pounds, Soshnikov is one of many ‘smaller but skilled’ guys the Leafs are taking a chance on moving forward. 

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