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Noelle Needham hired by the Chicago Steel as Assistant GM

It’s nice to see that the Leafs have such talented people that they grow in the industry, but unfortunately that leaves Toronto down a scout in the Midwestern United States… NOËLLE NEEDHAM HIRED AS ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER ADAM NICHOLAS JOINS STEEL AS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AND HOCKEY RESEARCH CONSULTANT READ: https://t.co/4WxJMMYA2G pic.twitter.com/vpvMy65AdX — Chicago Steel (@ChicagoSteel)…

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Artur Akhtyamov… Better than Yaroslav Askarov?

In the 2020 NHL Entry draft completed yesterday, a healthy number of goalies were selected, with 20 of the 216 players being netminders. That’s 9.2% percent of the selections, while they represent 10% of your dressed roster in each NHL game. The Leafs chose one of those 20, in Artur Akhtyamov, a Russian comrade to…

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Ranking The Free Agent Goalies On Everything BUT On-Ice Performance

Friends, if you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I have a bit of a goalie thing. I love goalies. (almost) All goalies. They’re weird, and intense, and flexible, and fun. This off-season is showing us an unprecedented number of free-agent goalies. Each time a new name enters the mix, my heart rate…

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Unqualified RFAs could provide an upgrade on depth for the Leafs

A lot has been made about how the Restricted Free Agents that weren’t qualified by their teams were going to create a secondary free agent market worth exploring. While to some extent that’s true, it’s equally worth noting that the players it produced are a couple of sheltered scorers and primarily bottom six forwards, or…

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McCourt is in session: Marlies sign Riley McCourt

Kyle Dubas wasted no time taking advantage of the opportunity to bring in an OHL overage defenseman who went undrafted this week. #Marlies have signed D Riley McCourt to a two-year AHL contract. The 20-year-old was fifth in OHL scoring among defencemen last season with 62 points in 63 games for Flint. #Leafs — Terry…

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Mitch Marner and a line change that might just fix the Leafs

It has been over two months since the Leafs were eliminated in the qualifying round by the Blue Jackets, and the time since has sparked an array of ideas trying to determine what went wrong and how the team can solve it. These range from signing a noted defenceman on the Blues, all the way…

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Toronto Maple Leafs 2020 NHL draft recap

The final major event in what has been the longest year in hockey history has come and gone, with the draft itself feeling like the longest in the NHL’s history too. Relying on all the hard work done by Kyle Dubas and his scouting staff over the last calendar year, the Leafs added 12 new…