WWYDW: Oh Captain(s), My Captain(s)

Embed from Getty Images Training camp is just around the corner, and the Leafs will have plenty of important roster decisions to make. One of those decisions is who to name captain. Alternatively, if they decide to name nobody captain, they have to decide who to give alternate captaincy to, and how many players they…

Projecting Auston Matthews’ Scoring total in 2016-17

Embed from Getty Images There’s now less than a month until NHL training camps open up and, and the first exhibition games will start getting played in late September.  That means Auston Matthews’s debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs is getting pretty near.  While Auston’s time spent playing in the World Cup may delay his…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #3 William Nylander

William “Bill Ny” Nylander is the 3rd ranked player in this year’s TLN Top 20 Prospects. Called by many the most skilled player in his draft year (which looks like it could prove to be true), the Leafs were ecstatic to select this young Swedish player, the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander. Since joining the Maple Leafs,…

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An (abridged) history of William Nylander’s hair

Embed from Getty Images Look. We need to talk about William Nylander. Or, more to the point: We need to talk about William Nylander’s hair. Hockey, as a sport, is no stranger to fantastic hair. We’ve seen some truly incredible hair, from Jaromir Jagr’s mullet to the strange styles that have emerged from Minnesota’s All Hockey…

Eight Leafs ranked on ESPN’s top 120 NHL prospects, Matthews ranked No. 2

Embed from Getty Images “AUSTON MATTHEWS NOT #1? WOW, he must be wrong about everything!” might be your first reaction to Corey Pronman’s Top 120 NHL propsect rankings for 2016-17, but if that’s where your analysis ends, you’re probably missing the point. A day after ranking the Leafs 1st in his team prospect pool rankings, Matthews was ranked…

Is the NHL/CHL Agreement An Outdated Thing?

Embed from Getty Images I was thinking about this concept the very day last week when the Maple Leafs released their Rookie Tournament roster for the annual weekend get-together in London, where Toronto’s younger players will be joined by those from Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and Montreal. Now, Auston Matthews won’t be there, but he has a…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #4 Nikita Zaitsev

The Leafs have done a world-class job at replenishing their prospect pool with world-class players, which typically means that the proverbial classroom is going to look a little more like High School than Post-Grad. So, with that considered, it’s a bit of a surprise to see a 25-year-old rookie acquired four months ago at the…

ESPN ranks Leafs prospect pipeline tops in the NHL

Embed from Getty Images Leading up to each season, Corey Pronman of ESPN unveils his rankings of NHL teams’ prospect pipelines, from one all the way to thirty. Going into last year the Leafs’ farm system was second behind only the Oilers, led by the next phenom in McDavid. Edmonton could’ve had zero prospects after him and still…

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TLN Monday Mailbag: August 29, 2016

Great news everyone, September rolls around on Thursday (that came quick, didn’t it?) and hockey is just around the corner. Until then, though, we’re left to contemplate, speculate, and discuss whatever hockey-related ideas we can possibly squeeze some entertainment out of. With that said, let’s get started on today’s mailbag.

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #5 Kasperi Kapanen

Phil Kessel was always much-maligned here in Toronto thanks mostly to the cost of acquisition: Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. The Leafs could’ve had a truly elite center and a very good d-man, but instead had an elite goal-scoring winger. Whatever you think of the trade now, it was hard to separate at the time Kessel’s value…

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Check out Frederik Andersen’s Team Europe goalie mask

Frederik Andersen wearing his World cup of hockey mask at denmarks olympic qual camp #leafs #nhl #wcoh pic.twitter.com/rGzBQqvod5 — Brian Poulsen (@bpoulsendk) August 28, 2016 With the World Cup of Hockey only a couple of weeks away, the players slated to compete are really gearing up for it – literally.