What To Expect From The Red & Blue Maple Leafs at the World Juniors

Embed from Getty Images It’s a great time of the year to be a hockey fan. The 2017 World Junior Hockey Championships are finally upon us, and the first day of the tournament is jam-packed with four games, including the exciting Group B matchup of Canada versus Russia.  This year, the tournament’s round robin will…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #7 Andreas Johnson

When you think of Swedish superstar forwards drafted in the seventh round, who exactly comes to mind? No, I’m not talking about Henrik Zetterberg or Daniel Alfredsson.   Andreas Johnson clocks in at number seven on our 2016 top prospects list, and for good reason.  Johnson is a very exciting prospect who has often been looked…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #10 Nikita Soshnikov

In March of 2015, not very many North American hockey fans recognized the name Nikita Soshnikov.  Only one year later, Soshnikov has become one of the most well-known prospects in the Leafs organization. Though his first North American season was not magnificent (points wise), Soshnikov certainly impressed upper management last season.  His skill set makes…

5 low-risk picks at the 2016 NHL Draft

Embed from Getty Images Though I’m sure we would love if each of the Leafs’ picks in the upcoming entry draft turned into regular NHLers, that likely won’t happen.   Players with high ceilings often come with greater risk value.  There are usually glaring question marks surrounding their games- whether that be talent wise (for example,…

#AfterAuston: Adam Fox

Embed from Getty Images Since his days of sniping on Chinese invitational teams, Adam Fox has grown a bit – but not much. Despite his 5-foot-10-inch and 185-pound frame, Fox had a fantastic year with the USNTDP, setting a program record for most points by a defenceman in a single season and scoring at a…

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#AfterAuston: Brett Howden

Embed from Getty Images Toronto’s prospect pool has become quite impressive over the past few years.  With names like William Nylander and Mitch Marner comes great excitement, and the excitement will continue this year with the drafting of a young, franchise player.  And no, I’m not talking about you, Patrick Laine (hence the #AfterAuston hashtag). Though…

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What we learned about Auston Matthews at the World Championships

Embed from Getty Images Leafs fans are certainly no stranger to the hype surrounding Auston Matthews.  We know he’s an amazing, big, skilled forward with a great shot and fantastic hockey sense.  I’m sure many of you have seen the fantastic work done by Reddit user ImHuge in creating Auston Matthews’ extended highlights for each of the…

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What the Marlies need to address in order to turn around their series

Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com The Toronto Marlies have dug themselves into a hole that a lot of people may not have predicted they would be in at the start of the playoffs. Down 2-1 in their second-round series against the Albany Devils, the Marlies will need to adjust to their opponents style of play and…