Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #32 – Michael Rasmussen

On the very edge of the first round, we reach one of this draft most contentious players: Tri-City Americans centre Michael Rasmussen, Surrey born and raised, 6-foot-5, rangy, smooth, hard shooting and physical. There’s a lot to like about Rasmussen’ bio, and but for looking below the surface, it’d be easy to forgive the services that…


2016-17 Leafs’ Season in Review: Week 1

If you’re back for another Season in Review post, sorry! To make sure we get you all the way through this month, we’re limiting the bunch to weekdays only, giving you a few days off to focus on all sorts of other fun stuff. In the meantime, though, here’s a look back at the ones…


Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #33 – Mason Shaw

It was hard to watch Mason Shaw — generously listed 5’9″ — and not conjure images of Brendan Gallagher in his draft season. He’s one of the meanest bastards in the entire draft, and he doesn’t let maiming opponents impede his ability to produce offence or contribute to his team’s two-way solvency at even strength….


Should the Leafs or Marlies look into the unsigned draft picks of other teams?

Yesterday evening, the Toronto Maple Leafs walked away from three of their previous draft picks in Nikita Korostelev, Fabrice Herzog, and Stephen Desrocher. Reception is mixed; most had given up on Herzog ever coming back to North America, but many on “Team Skill” would’ve loved to have kept Korostelev, many on “Team Size” would’ve loved…


On Matt Hunwick, his amazing turnaround, and the case to re-sign

Matt Hunwick is an interesting player. Two summers ago, he was a shrewd, analytics-friendly signing that had many praising the Leafs’ relatively new front office. After just a short while, however, Hunwick’s shine began to wear off, though he remained one of Mike Babcock’s go-to guys. Through a year and a half of Hunwick’s tenure…


Because It’s The Cap: Tampa Bay Lightning Offseason Preview

In 2015, Tampa Bay made the Stanley Cup Final. In 2016, Tampa Bay made the Eastern Conference Finals. In 2017, Tampa Bay missed the playoffs by one point, thanks largely — but not entirely — to star center Steven Stamkos missing three quarters of the season.This is a good team that had a bad year. Let’s…