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Leafs Roster Preview – Nazem Kadri

#136617655 / gettyimages.com Now that he’s not the camp fatty, there hasn’t been a heck of a lot of negativity surrounding Kadri heading into the season. Sure, there were talks of moving him all summer, but that all proved to be for naught – which isn’t surprising now that there’s a new regime that values…

TLN TOP TWENTY LEAFS PROSPECTS: #7 ANDREAS JOHNSON

#454626678 / gettyimages.com Coming in at number seven on our list is Andreas Johnson, who has really made a name for himself in the last calendar year. In our 2013 list, he didn’t crack the top 20. Even more, he has jumped seven (!) spots since the midterm rankings. 

TLN TOP TWENTY LEAFS PROSPECTS: #8 CARTER VERHAEGHE

#459103039 / gettyimages.com Carter “Not Ashton” Verhaeghe comes in as TLN’s 8th best Leafs prospect in terms of talent, but #1 for difficulty of spelling his last name. Although he plays a different style of game than Gauthier (our #9 prospect), his offensive acumen ultimately scored him ahead of Gauthier on our list. Not surprising, given…

TLN Draft Profile: Jake “The Wrestler” Virtanen

#159340069 / gettyimages.com Name: Jake Virtanen Position: Right Wing Height: 6’1 Weight: 210lbs Junior Team: Calgary (WHL) Rankings: NHL CSS – 6th (NA), ISS – 7th, Justin’s List – 9th, Logan’s List – 9th Wow, someone Justin and I agree on! Jake “The Snake/The Hitman” (all the wrestlers!) Virtanen is a big right winger that…

TLN Draft Profile: William “Big Willie Style” Nylander

#494874319 / gettyimages.com Name: William Nylander Position: Centre/Right Wing Height: 5’11 Weight: 175lbs Junior Team: Modo (SHL) Rankings: NHL CSS – 2nd (EURO), ISS – 5th, Justin’s List – 6th, Logan’s List – 5th William “Big Willie Style” Nylander – yes, son of Michael – is a Swedish right winger/centre and the NHL CSS’s number…

TLN Draft Profile: Kasperi Kapanen

#137537297 / gettyimages.com Name: Kasperi Kapanen Position: Right Wing Height: 6’00 Weight: 180lbs Junior Team: KalPa (SM-liiga) Rankings: NHL CSS – 1st (EURO), ISS – 13th, Justin’s List – 15th, Logan’s List – 12th Kasperi “Son of Sam” Kapanen aka Kasperi The Friendly Ghost is a Finnish right winger and the NHL CSS’s top-rated Euro…

TLN Draft Profile: Kevin Fiala

#489741895 / gettyimages.com Name: Kevin Fiala Position: Left Wing/Right Wing Height: 5’11 Weight: 180lbs Junior Team: HV71 (SHL) Rankings: NHL CSS – 3rd (EUR), ISS – 20th, Justin’s List – 13th, Logan’s List – 7th The Swiss Czech-born, Swiss bred, Swedish League playing Fiala is one of the most offensively exciting prospects in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft…

TLN Draft Profile: Robby Fabbri

#493901535 / gettyimages.com Name: Robby Fabbri Position: Centre Height: 5’10 Weight: 165lbs Junior Team: Guelph (OHL) Rankings: NHL CSS – 21st (NA), ISS – 8th, Justin’s List – 14th, Logan’s List – 11th Mississauga’s Robby Fabbri is one of the most skilled forward prospects in the 2014 draft. Despite his size, he is one of…

#FireCarlyle, #HireWho?

  Randy Carlyle is going to be fired. Maybe. Hopefully. Oh god I hope so.  In Justin Fisher’s “What Now” post, I said that keeping Carlyle and the coaching staff would be a big black eye on Shanahan’s ability to analyze and react to the situation in Toronto. But saying that without offering any alternatives…