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Future Star Friday: Frederik Gauthier

You may refer to him as ‘The Goat’. Or maybe you know him as ‘Mr. Puzzle’. Whatever you call him, the once-maligned first rounder has become one of the most loveable characters in the Leafs organization. When Frederik Gauthier was chosen 21st overall back in 2013, it was understood that his ceiling was that of…

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TLN Top Prospect Rankings 2017: #6 Andrew Nielsen

Alright boys and girls, let’s wade deeper into the #elite portion of our rankings (let’s not kid ourselves, they’re all elite) with our sixth-ranked prospect, Andrew Nielsen. Nielsen is a fascinating prospect and there’s a lot to unpack here. To the votes! The Votes Megan Kim /// Evan Presement /// Ryan Fancey /// Brayden Engel /// Scott Maxwell: 5 Ryan Hobart…

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Air Canada Centre to be renamed Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018

According to TSN’s Rick Westhead, the Air Canada Centre will have a new name come July of next year. Breaking: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment signs watershed naming-rights deal. Air Canada Centre about to get a new name. — Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) August 29, 2017 MLSE signs deal with major Canadian bank.Air Canada Centre name to change…

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TLN Top Ten Plays: Connor Brown

Yes, I know the title of this article says Top-10 plays. However, the #content that I’ll be providing you guys isn’t going to be just goals and assists, and for good reason. The Brown Cow’s first full year in The Show was memorable, to say the least. Twenty goals, 36 points, and one hell of…

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What would a team of the best active ex-Leafs look like?

It’s the middle of August which means, hockey-wise, there’s really not much worth talking about. That’s why sometimes we rely on you, our beautiful and smart readers, to help us out. Occasionally, this is the type of #content of which you guys suggest: Can auston Matthews make a burrito so hot even he could not…

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2014 re-draft: Could William Nylander go 1st overall?

Could the 2014 NHL draft be remembered as the William Nylander draft? No, this is not a case of a Leafs fan overvaluing his team’s player or a case of homerism – both of which I fully expect to be accused of. There is a legitimate case to be made that William Nylander was the…

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2016-17 Leafs Season in Review: Zach Hyman

Who would have thought that Zach Hyman, who was brought over in a meaningless trade (what’s up, Greg McKegg), would become such a polarizing and divisive figure in Leafs Nation? Is he good? Is he bad? Is he in over his head? Well, I guess you could answer ‘yes’ to any of those questions and you…

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2016-17 Leafs Season In Review: Auston Matthews

Auston Matthews. Papi. The next, next one. The ‘guy you wouldn’t trade for Connor McDavid‘ Whatever you call him, we can all agree on one thing: Auston Matthews is going to be one of the biggest names in the NHL for years to come. We all knew he was going to be special, but I…

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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…

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Please stop comparing these Leafs to those Avs

Despite the Leafs’ storybook season, many are skeptical of their success. Was this season the real deal, or was it a mirage? Toronto will always be heavily criticised just because they’re such a talked about (and disliked) team. Realistic arguments as to why they will be successful long-term are bountiful, while arguments against the success of the…

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The Good Stuff From The First Round – Western Conference

We looked yesterday at all of the good stuff from the first round in the Eastern Conference. Today, let’s go through everything that went down in the wild West. Edmonton? Winning something other than a draft lottery? The Hawks? Can barely even score one goal? Jake Allen is Dominik Hasek now? Playoff hockey, my friends. It’s the…

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The Good Stuff From The First Round – Eastern Conference

If you needed a reminder that the playoffs are mostly a complete and total crapshoot, you needn’t look any further than what just transpired over the last few weeks. Boston, out. Chicago, out. Minnesota, out. The teams with the third, fourth, and fifth best records in the league are already done. Still, though, the postseason…