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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 1 – Morgan Rielly

Name: Morgan Rielly Position: Defence Hometown: Vancouver, BC Size: 6’1", 205 lbs 2013 Team: Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), Toronto Marlies (AHL) Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 5th Overall in 2012 Morgan Rielly is The Leafs Nation’s 2013 Top Prospect. Well, obviously. It’s really no surprise that Rielly, Toronto’s 5th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft,…

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Nazem Kadri’s coming regression, and why it will happen

Hey, did you know that since the 2007-2008 season, Nazem Kadri’s 2012-2013 season was the 9th highest points scored per 60 minutes among players with at least 40 games played? No fooling. The players ahead of him on that list are Sidney Crosby (thrice), Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Eric Staal, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin….

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 2 – Joe Colborne

Name : Joe Colborne Position: Centre    Hometown: Calgary, Alberta Size: 6’5", 215 lbs 2013 Team: Toronto Marlies (AHL), Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) Acquired: Traded with Boston’s 2011 1st round choice and 2011 2nd round choice for Tomas Kaberle. Joe Colborne, it’s time to make the NHL, or at least give us an idea of what…

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The mystery of Paul Ranger

-via marlies.ca One of the most read posts in this website’s history is titled “So, what happened to Paul Ranger?”. That post went up last summer when a defenceman that had previously left the NHL at age 25 returned to hockey by signing with the Toronto Marlies. Turns out, so little had been written about…

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Nazem Kadri is in the driver’s seat

  I didn’t need to use this picture, but I really, really wanted to. Unless you missed the 40,000 tweets about it, "The Dream" aka Nazem Kadri has signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. As fellow awesome TLN writer Cam Charron wrote shortly before this post, Kadri’s contract is very good for…

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 3 – Frederik Gauthier

Name: Frederik Gautheir Position: Centre    Hometown: Laval, Quebec Size: 6’5", 214 lbs 2013 Team: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 21st Overall in 2013 (Photo: http://www.oceanic.qc.ca/) Frederik Gauthier – the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first round selection, 22nd overall in June’s NHL Entry Draft – was the definition of a safe pick. Gauthier put up…

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Great Experiment

“There hasn’t been a higher profile test case of hockey analytics condemnation of a team yet.” – mc79hockey.com Training camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs starts this morning, and for the first time in his nearly two-year long run as head coach of the team, Randy Carlyle is putting his own training camp together with a…

Nazem Kadri signs team-friendly contract

One day before camp, Nick Kypreos is the one to break the news: #NHL breaking news. Kadri will b ready for #Leafs camp. Expect news Kadri and #Leafs have reached agreement on 2 yrs just shy of 6M. — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) September 11, 2013 That’s a hell of a price for the Maple Leafs….

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NHL 14 – Leafs Player Ratings

Photo: EA Sports I can’t speak for all of you, but when I called in sick this morning, it was because I’m actually suffering from a cold. It wasn’t because EA Sport’s NHL 14 hit the shelves today – though, I still did manage to drag myself out of bed and pick it up.  …

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Is Nik Kulemin the odd-man out?

The situation is very clear: the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t have the salary cap space to sign both Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson unless they a) move some salary or b) Dave Nonis is secretly a wizard. Barring the latter option, it makes sense to explore the names of players it makes sense to move….

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TLN TOP TWENTY PROSPECTS: NO. 4 – Stuart Percy

Name: Stuart Percy Position: Defense    Hometown: Toronto, Ontario Size: 6’1", 187 lbs 2013 Team: Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), Toronto Marlies (AHL) Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 25th Overall in 2011 I remember Stuart Percy’s draft day. While covering the 2011 Memorial Cup in Mississauga, I met Percy about a month before his draft day. Percy was playing…

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In Defence of Tyler Bozak

As we’ve made very, very clear here on TheLeafsNation.com, Tyler Bozak is probably being paid too much for too long to play in a role he probably shouldn’t be by the Toronto Maple Leafs. With that considered, we’ve all beat up on him quite a bit all offseason. Some (points fingers at self) of us…