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TLN Top 20 Leafs: #5 Jake Muzzin

In a shocking twist of fate, as some of our more loyal readers may have gleaned based on our countdown, the Toronto Maple Leafs most valuable defenceman going into this season is not one of their top pair staples in Morgan Rielly or T.J. Brodie. Instead, that distinction, as voted on by our Maple Leafs…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #5 Topi Niemelä

Back in October 2020, the Maple Leafs traded back from pick 44 to acquire two picks on the virtual draft floor of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The first of those picks, selection number 59, was used on Finnish centreman Roni Hirvonen, who has grown into an intriguing prospect in his own right for the…

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The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #10 Mikko Kokkonen

If I were to ask you to picture the prototypical analytics age defensive defenseman, the image you would likely conjure up in your head would probably look an awful lot like 2019 Maple Leafs 3rd rounder Mikko Kokkonen. Kokkonen doesn’t blow you away with his dazzling speed, and he doesn’t knock your socks off with…

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We Need To Talk About Justin Holl

I remember at the end of January, during the early stretch of the Maple Leafs regular season, seeing a meme about Justin Holl in a reply to the Edmonton Oilers team Twitter account. The Maple Leafs had just beaten the Oilers 4-3 and were off to a blazing 7-2-0 start. The meme made me chuckle,…