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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #6 Connor Brown

Connor Brown, former Erie Otter and lifelong Leafs fan, comes in at number 6 in our rankings. Similar to yesterday’s piece on 7th placed 7th round pick Andreas Johnson, 6 is also the number of rounds it took for someone to take a chance on Connor Brown. Now, we’re all thankful that that someone was…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #12 Brendan Leipsic

I feel Brendan Leipsic is one of the most overlooked prospects within the Maple Leafs’ development system. It’s a simple case, really. Leipsic is one of a plethora of under-6’0″ wingers that the Leafs have ownership of. It’s not hard to lower your expectations of him when there isn’t that much pressure for him to…

RFAs, the Series – A Self Review

Embed from Getty Images Near the end of the season, on my personal Blogspot Leafs From Rivers, I kicked off a series of posts discussing predictions of how the Leafs would settle with their restricted free agents (RFAs). Now that all of them have signed contracts, I wanted to take some time to review how…

You never played the game

Embed from Getty Images The last few years have seen NHL teams make many analytics hires. Tyler Dellow, Eric Tulsky, and Darryl Metcalf to name a few. A couple days ago, the Montreal Canadiens went backwards and made an analytics firing, letting go of their recently hired analyst Matt Pfeffer Pfeffer released a statement regarding what happened, so I won’t make…

Vesey looking to explore free agency options

Embed from Getty Images This afternoon, Boston Globe reporter Kevin Paul Dupont gave us a quote to update us on what Jimmy Vesey is thinking lately: Jimmy Vesey: ‘’I’m still going to go to free agency and explore all my options.” — Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) July 2, 2016 It seems that Vesey is all…

Leafs talking price with Russell, along with competition

Embed from Getty Images Nick Kypreos has a feeling that the Leafs are in a bidding war regarding Kris Russell: The hold up on Russell is if clubs like @CanadiensMTL @MapleLeafs @VanCanucks go 6 yrs on ballpark 5m aav. #SigningSeason — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) July 1, 2016 Fighting with the Canadiens and Canucks, considering their…

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Why things didn’t go as planned for Stuart Percy

Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com The deadline for pending restricted free agents (RFAs) was Monday, June 27th at 5 p.m. The clock moved its hands past the 5 and still, Percy had received no qualifying offer (QO) to return to the Maple Leafs. It must have stung for the former first-round pick of the Leafs, to be indirectly…

#AfterAuston: Samuel Girard

Embed from Getty Images Yesterday, I talked about a defenseman the Leafs might target in Logan Stanley. Today we’re going to shift to basically the exact opposite player in Samuel Girard. #AfterAuston today features shifty offensive defenseman Girard, who plays for the QMJHL-championship-finalist Shawinigan Cataractes. Girard very well could be that kind of high-ceiling talent the…

#AfterAuston: Logan Stanley

Embed from Getty Images We all know that if you were to evaluate the prospect pool of the Maple Leafs, one of the biggest concerns you’d have is the lack of top end talent on the blueline. There’s quite a bit of depth there, but there is a lack of “blue-chip” talent coming up the ranks. Which is a…

Hiring Randy Carlyle is a hilariously bad move for the Ducks

Embed from Getty Images Above we can see where Randy Carlyle strikes a deal with Trevor Linden to help him succeed in the Pacific, by tanking the Ducks all over again. Somehow, yesterday, the Anaheim Ducks decided to hire Randy Carlyle, as announced by John Buccigross: I’m hearing candidates for the @AnaheimDucks head coaching job are…

Leafs in Pronman’s top 30 prospects in the last five years

Embed from Getty Images Yesterday, Corey Pronman released his Top 30 Draft Prospects of the Past Five Years (ESPN Insider Paywall). I thought it would be good to show you where potential Leafs ended up on this list.  Technically, everyone who is draft eligible is a potential Maple Leaf so I’ve included them all in here. Before…