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Why this Leafs team can win a round in the playoffs

Of all the fun content I can write about in the month of September, I’ve decided to go seven months into the future. That, of course, is when the Leafs will finally win a playoff round. Note: if they lose in the first round again, don’t blame me. What makes this Leafs team different than…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #6 Roni Hirvonen

After trading down from pick 44 to picks 59 and 64 in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected Roni Hirvonen 59th overall. He was ranked 37th on TLN’s consolidated draft rankings at the time, touted for his tireless work ethic combined with high-end offensive vision. In my opinion, Toronto managed to…

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How good are the Leafs prospects relative to other teams?

As we continue to countdown the Leafs prospects, and get to the players that we are increasingly optimistic about, it’s important we ask ourselves, how good are these players relative to the league and not just to other Leafs prospects? Take yesterday’s prospect, Nick Abruzzese. We’re all pretty excited about him. I mean he was…

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Should the NHL abolish the dress code?

The NHL is a dress code league, but it’s time for a change. Hockey has always been a sport where you dress nice walking into the rink. It started at the NHL level and has trended all the way down to children’s rep teams. Many people believe that if you show up to the rink…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #7 Matthew Knies

Powered by InStat Hockey The Leafs were without a first-round pick in the 2021 draft after a deadline deal to acquire Nick Foligno from Columbus but they may have ultimately landed a first-round caliber prospect with their second-round selection, forward Matthew Knies. The Arizona native was a late riser on public draft boards and was…

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Morgan Rielly’s contract remains at the top of the Leafs to-do list

We’ve made it through August. Finally. The darkest month for hockey content is over and by next week we’ll have prospect camps, the following week we’ll be treated to rookie tournaments, and soon training camps will open. NHL hockey is slowly returning. While the return of hockey and things hockey related to talk about is…

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What NHL 22 could be, and what it actually is

The NHL video games have always been a huge staple in my life. Playing hockey as a kid, the game always brought out the fun in the sport. Being a teenager, I can vividly remember staying up late to play NHL 14 with some friends and absolutely loving it. Every skill move that players had…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #8 Nick Abruzzese

One of my favourite and not-as-well-known prospects in the Leafs’ system is Nick Abruzzese. We at The Leafs Nation love our Nicks, between staff writer Nick Barden, my co-contributor Nick Richard (one of our resident prospect wizards), and some guy named Nick Robertson who might be pretty good, and now Abruzzese, who is a legitimately…