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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Is the NHL/CHL Agreement An Outdated Thing?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…