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Draft Day! Maple Leafs’ gameplan

It’s Draft Day in a cloudy Pittsburgh, PA. The Toronto Maple Leafs, holders of the No. 5 overall pick, their highest since 2008, don’t only have a chance to re-stock the cupboard with two virtual first round picks and a plethora of players available for trade. Last season, the big moves were made around Draft…

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2012-2013 Maple Leafs Schedule Announced

Regularly Scheduled News Everyone! Today the NHL released the schedule for the 2012-2013 season. While the looming CBA negotiations may bring about a lockout for now we can stare at it with wonder. We’ll be taking a more in-depth look at the schedules, back to backs, strength of schedule, the potential impact of travel early…

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The Leafs Nation big board: Top Forwards

 (Brad White/Getty Images) Furthering up on our Defenceman/Goaltender “Big Board” from earlier today, we look now at the forwards on our list, at least one of which will be available at #5. Using the collective analysis of Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus and Craig Button of TSN, I pieced together common things said and written…

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The Leafs Nation big board: Top Defencemen & Goalies

(Joe Sargent/Getty Images) Yesterday we released our “Big Board” at The Leafs Nation to introduce us to all the potential players that Brian Burke will select with the #5 overall pick. Using the collective analysis of Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus and Craig Button of TSN, I pieced together common things said and written about…

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Mikhail Grigorenko: Why Is He Falling?

Once Nail Yakupov’s arch-rival for being considered the 2012 top prospect, Mikhail Grigorenko now finds himself dropping out of top-10 in almost every mock draft he’s unfortunate enough to take a look at. While some complain about his work ethic, others bring up the rumor about his alleged age-forging issue.

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The Leafs Nation big board

Far from it on us to mock up a 60-deep list of potential draftees, but I’m thinking that there’s enough information available to us on the top guys to make a solid list for who would be available at pick number five. Depending on whether you want a forward or a defenceman, below I’ve merged…

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Poaching the Penguins D

I know at times it seemed like Fleury was playing for the other team, but this is a bit much-AP As per everyone in the Hockey Universe Ray Shero has stated that the Penguins are not looking at moving Jordan Staal right now, but are looking to move a defenseman. The Leafs are in the…

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Breaking down Joe Colborne’s season

What happened to Joe Colborne in the second half of last year? After 40 games, Colborne had 15 goals and 33 points with the Toronto Marlies. But, February hit. In the second 40 games of the season, including the AHL playoffs, Colborne had just 3 goals and 14 points. What happened here?

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Leafs Team Needs: Top-Six Winger

Dustin Penner is one option Brian Burke should consider carefully.  (Photo from Getty Images) In 2011-12 the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to rank 10th in the league in Goals For. If I told you that the Leafs’ current set of top-six forwards were likely to put together a very similar goal total next year, would…

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Leafs Nation Podcast: Pre-Draft Fretting

  Neither Danny nor I are the ‘freak out’ types. We generally have a positive outlook on the general direction that the Leafs take. (Hey, we’re fans – sue us.) But leading up to the draft in Brian Burke’s final contract year could make him do a lot of things, and at this point, we…