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What to expect from Kyle Clifford this summer

Many Leafs fans have begged and pleaded for a larger physical presence to be injected into the Leafs lineup throughout the entirety of Kyle Dubas’ tenure as Leafs GM. He’s built his team pretty much as advertised – skilled, and a tad undersized. In early February, Dubas pulled the trigger on a trade that brought…

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What to expect from Nick Robertson this summer

As we all know by now, just over a year ago with their only pick in the 2nd round of the 2019 NHL draft, the Maple Leafs selected undersized, goal-scoring winger Nick Robertson. Robertson was rated as a first round talent by many, myself included, and was considered to be a really good pick at…

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Leafs sign prospect Mikhail Abramov to an ELC

The Maple Leafs announced today that they have signed 2019 fourth round pick Mikhail Abramov to a 3-year entry level contract. Abramov has enjoyed a breakout season in the QMJHL, posting 35 goals and 76 points in 63 games for the Victoriaville Tigres. These numbers are impressive as is, but they are even more impressive…

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World Juniors Report: Nick Robertson is Looking Good

This year’s World Junior Championship is underway and three Leafs prospects took the ice on Thursday afternoon in their first games of the tournament. One of those prospects was 2019 second-round pick, Nicholas Robertson. The 18-year-old forward and his American teammates faced off against Team Canada in a high-event Boxing Day matchup. Robertson started the…

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2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – Fence Sitters: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev

Semyon Der-Arguchintsev Position: C Physical: Height: 5’11, Weight 163lbs TLN Top-20 Ranking From Last Year: 11th Acquired: 2018 NHL Draft, Round 3, 76th overall Next up in our 2019 prospect rankings, we have everyone’s favourite prospect, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev – or “SDA” for short.  SDA captured the heart of Leafs Twitter last September, with many on-ice and off-ice factors contributing…

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Some Thoughts On The Leafs Rookie Tournament Roster

It’s almost September, which means we’ve nearly reached Rookie Tournament Season! The Leafs just announced their roster for the upcoming Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which you can find here.  So, what exactly have the Leafs brought to the tournament here? Let’s break it down. The Drafted The Leafs are bringing a total of ten draft picks…

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2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – The Long Shots: Mike Koster

Mike Koster Position: LHD  Physical: Height: 5’9, Weight 172lbs 2018 TLN Prospect Ranking: N/A Draft Information: 2019 NHL Draft, Round 5, 146th overall Next up in The Leafs Nation’s prospect rankings, we have Mike Koster (which for some reason is pronounced “Kester”, not like “Coaster”). The Chaska, MN native spent last season playing most of his games ripping the…

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2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings – The Long Shots: Kalle Loponen

Name: Kalle Loponen Position: RHD TLN Top-20 Ranking From Last Year: N/A Acquired: 2019 NHL Draft, Round 7, 204th overall Why He’s In This Tier: Loponen is, in our opinion, a long shot for many reasons. The most obvious is that he was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 NHL draft. Seventh-round picks usually do not make…

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2019 NHL Draft Recap: Mikhail Abramov brings smarts and skill

This is the fifth of my six 2019 NHL Draft Recap articles, in which I do a deep dive into every Maple Leafs selection from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. With the 115th overall selection in the 2019 draft, the Maple Leafs took a swing on skilled Russian playmaker, Mikhail Abramov, who spent his draft…

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Nick Robertson turns in solid performance in first game at the Summer Showcase

We’re still a long ways away from any current Maple Leafs hitting the ice, but a few prospects have already gotten a head start. Nicholas Robertson, the Leafs’ most recent 2nd round selection, took the ice yesterday with his American teammates to take on the Finns in the World Junior Summer Showcase. Robertson, wearing #14,…

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Leafs trade unsigned prospect Dakota Joshua to St. Louis for future considerations

Well, folks, it’s the Leafs’ transaction that you have all been anxiously waiting for. The Leafs have dealt 23-year-old unsigned prospect Dakota Joshua to the St. Louis Blues for future considerations.  .SportChek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have traded unsigned draft choice Dakota Joshua to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations. pic.twitter.com/JHIBRmHOeH —…