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How Good Are The Leafs: October Edition

Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS One of the biggest topics of discussion among Leafs fans after the first month of the season is centred around just how good this team is. There’s many out there who remember last year’s futility and think this year will be more of the same, especially with that defence….

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Analyzing Toronto’s Game Score from October

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS The Leafs are off to a rough start to the 2016-17 season winning just three of their first ten games, and while the record isn’t great so far, the season hasn’t been a complete disaster yet. For starters, this team is not as bad as their record might suggest…

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Leafs Postgame: Stamkos Destroys Hopes and Dreams Part 2

Embed from Getty Images Good news! The Leafs absolutely, 100 percent, did not blow a lead tonight. If I told you that at the start of the game you might be thrilled based on how the start of the season has gone, but alas what they did was much worse. Instead, Toronto decided to spare…

Which Leaf Should You Draft in Fantasy Hockey

Embed from Getty Images With a week until the season starts (hockey is back!) it’s probably around the time some of you start doing your fantasy drafts. You’re probably scrambling in preparation over who to pick and I don’t blame you, it’s a tough world out there. The first thing you have to do is…

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What Game Score says about the Leafs at the World Cup

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS The round robin of the World Cup is over and the playoff stage is about to kick off. What does that mean for the Leafs? Well, it’s the playoffs so it means they don’t get to play anymore. A little joke, but it’s actually true as Nikita Zaitsev is the…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #5 Kasperi Kapanen

Phil Kessel was always much-maligned here in Toronto thanks mostly to the cost of acquisition: Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. The Leafs could’ve had a truly elite center and a very good d-man, but instead had an elite goal-scoring winger. Whatever you think of the trade now, it was hard to separate at the time Kessel’s value…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #8 Dmytro Timashov

It took 125 picks before Dmytro Timashov came off the board at the 2015 Entry Draft and I’d bet 29 other teams wouldn’t mind a do-over. After another tantalizing season in the QMJHL and an eye-opening performance at the World Juniors, Timashov’s stock has risen exponentially over the past year, jumping from #18 in last year’s rankings, to…

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How many points will each Leaf player get next season?

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS August is always the roughest month for hockey content. There is always extremely little going on and even the tiniest bit of news throws the hockey world into a frenzy. August is the opposite of Everything Is Happening. With that being said, I’ve always been fond of August because…

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Looking At The Leafs Through The Eyes Of Game Score

Embed from Getty Images The best and worst games played by a Leaf last season were both by Jonathan Bernier. They were played within eight days of each other. On December 29, Bernier let in six goals on 15 shots (and got pulled) against the Islanders in a 6-3 loss. On January 6th, he stopped…

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Building A Champion Part 4: How Far Are The Leafs From Contending

Embed from Getty Images After establishing who makes up the Leafs core and projecting how good those players will be over the next five seasons, it’s finally time to answer the big question on everyone’s mind: just how long until the Leafs are competitive again? And it’s an important question to ask based on some…

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Building A Champion Part 3: Evaluating Core Roster Players

Embed from Getty Images First, we identified the Leafs core. Then we projected the young studs that’ll be the main building blocks of that core. Now it’s time to look at the pieces already on the roster that could make up the rest of the core. We’ve already projected whether The Big Three will be…

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Building A Champion Part 2: Evaluating The Big Three

Embed from Getty Images The first step to building a Stanley Cup champion is establishing a core. We’ve done that already in the first part of this series. To recap quickly, there’s seven key pieces on almost every Cup contender that make up the core: an elite number one centre, an elite winger, an elite d-man,…