TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #18 Adam Brooks

Jeff Veillette
August 10 2016 06:40AM

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Six weeks ago, a lot of people lost their minds over the bevy of picks that the Toronto Maple Leafs made on the draft podium in Buffalo. After all, it wasn't a bunch of skilled, young, often undersized skaters like last year. There were old (relatively speaking) players. Big players. Tough players. Goalies. GOALIES!

There's an aura of wait and see to the whole ordeal. My mindset was that I didn't know, and it was okay.

But if there's one thing I'm pretty sure of, it's that Adam Brooks was the most 2015-like selection of the draft. In fact, the 20-year-old might be their best value pick of the last two drafts, and might have some of the highest upside in the system. Hear me out.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Aug 9, 2016 - Absolutely

Steve Dangle
August 09 2016 10:17PM

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On this episode, the guys freestyle through the dog days of summer, talking Oilers, the hockey landscape and blogging's impact, and a special guest joins for the online portion.

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Brendan Shanahan talks to fans online

Adam Laskaris
August 09 2016 11:46AM

Do you ever wonder what hockey executives do deep into the offseason? 

You've made your signings from Europe and North America and missed out on a few others. You've made your draft selections. You may or may not be signing Jimmy Vesey, but that's still a few days away. The Ivan Hlinka Tournament is on, but you'll just catch the highlights and get your scouts to fill you in, honestly. So what do you do with your time?

Well, Brendan Shanahan might have an answer to that question, or many answers, really.

Shanahan recently went on The Players Tribune to respond to fan questions about a variety of topics. While the whole Q&A is worth a read, here's a few of Shanahan's best and most relevant quotes from the mailbag in context:

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #19 Kasimir Kaskisuo

Shawn Reis
August 09 2016 06:00AM

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A lot of people felt the Leafs could do something to bolster their organizational goalie depth, but it still seemed to catch them off guard when the team announced the signing of Finnish goalie turned college starter Kasimir Kaskisuo. For a lot of people, they had simply never heard of him before.

Still, some light has slowly been shed on him, and people are slowly warming up to him. Granted, he's far from a blue-chip prospect, but he's put his name right alongside the likes of Garret Sparks and Antoine Bibeau in the minds of many, so much so that he's our top-ranked goalie (albeit by a slim margin) in this summer's rankings.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: August 8th

Jeff Veillette
August 08 2016 12:14PM

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It's good to know that, whatever awful mistakes I make in my life, I'll still end up being less of a scumbag than the dude who tried to sucker punch an entire KHL team today. Seriously, if he's ever allowed to play hockey again, it's hands down the wrong decision.

Oh, also, we have a new edition of the TLN Mailbag. Let's see what you were all curious about this week!

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