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The Roundup

Kyle Dubas staying with the Leafs, 5 losses that shaped the Canucks season, City says no to CalgaryNEXT, should McDavid be Captain in Edmonton, does hitting mean you don’t have the puck, how likely can a team come back from 3-1, Top 10 All-time fighters, Jesse Puljujarvi, Patrick Laine and more in this week’s Nation Roundup…

TLN Draft Prospect Watch: Olli Juolevi

Embed from Getty Images Not many have seen a climb in their draft stock this season more than Olli Juolevi. When the Finnish defenseman came over to North America to play in the OHL this past summer, scouts knew who he was but not necessarily how good he could be. 

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Does Nazem Kadri make an impact on the game with his penalties?

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski /USA TODAY SPORTS Nazem Kadri is going to get paid, and paid in a fashion that works out pretty well for both sides. The 25-year-old centre was locked down to a 6-year, $27 million contract last week, a move so shrewd that even Kadri’s biggest critics mostly applauded the decision. But…

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TLN Draft Prospect Watch: Michael McLeod

Embed from Getty Images It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Michael (Mikey) McLeod. Watching the young center play for Mississauga in the second half of his rookie season (2014-15), you could see that this was a player that would be right up near the top of the 2016 NHL draft even…

Kyle Dubas Is Staying With The Leafs

Embed from Getty Images Kyle Dubas, Leafs assistant GM and also the General Manager of the Toronto Marlies, met with reporters today ahead of the AHL club’s quest to capture a Calder Cup, which begins this weekend. One of the things Dubas talked about was his future with the Leafs (or, more specifically, whether he…

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Exit Interview: Nylander, Sparks, Hyman

Embed from Getty Images The TLN Exit Interviews are still trucking along and today we take a look at three players who made their NHL debuts this season. Arguably all three did better than expected but how much of a future do they have with the Leafs? How many Dubas heads did they earn? These…

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The Leafs Were Pretty Good At Trading Prospects This Year

Embed from Getty Images Everything the Leafs have done over the last year has been to prepare themselves for the future.  The players they’ve drafted, the trades they’ve made, the players they’ve signed – it’s all been done not to be better today, bu to be better tomorrow. Central to that has been the extensive…

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How the 2015/16 Marlies have set the bar for AHL teams moving forward

Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com Many thought that the Toronto Marlies were going to be a contender in the American Hockey League this year, but not many expected them to be this good. I predicted in October that they’d be able to dominate the league and were probably going to score the most goals in the…

TLN Draft Prospect Watch: Alexander Nylander

Embed from Getty Images Does the name sound familiar? It should.  As you’ve probably heard about a million times by now, Mississauga Steelhead winger Alex Nylander is the brother of current Toronto Maple Leaf centre William Nylander. For sentimental fans, that alone is enough of a reason to draft the younger Nylander, but truth be told…