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Mikko Kokkonen is the Leafs 8th ranked prospect

I guess we’ll stick with the theme from yesterday and keep on talking about Finnish defensemen. A lot of the same things can be said about Niemela and Kokkonen, so excuse me if it looks like I plagiarized Nick Richard’s article, but that doesn’t change that like Niemela, Kokkonen is smooth skating defenseman with a…

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The NHL vs. NHLPA dispute is a predictable mess

Step 1: Calm down any panic by shiftly reaching an agreement on a Collective Agreement Step 2: Briefly return to play and execute that return to play better than anyone would have expected you too. Step 3: Spend freely during free agency. Step 4: Realize the virus you needed to go away to sell tickets…

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Leafs to be well represented in the World Junior Tournament

MY STARS! There are no Leafs prospects at the Canadian World Junior camp. While understandably disappointing as Canadians are likely to be cheering for Team Canada, the Leafs have put us in a situation where Leafs fans will have a vested interest in the Russian, Finnish, and American teams as well. Nick Robertson Robertson may…

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The Leafs Prospect Rankings so far

We are one week into our countdown towards the Leafs top organizational prospect. Right now we seem to be focusing largely on players that are encouraging long shots or potentially worthwhile depth players. Next week we’ll start seeing a few more names that are a lot more of the hit or miss, swing for the…

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What’s changed in the year since Babcock’s been fired?

It’s the first year anniversary of the Mike Babcock firing. It’s a special day, and we owe much thanks to Marc-Andre Fleury for it, but also Mike Babcock for being such an uncompromising prick that he refused to change even when all signs pointed to him failing in his role. Not coincidentally this also marks…

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Leafs have a new jersey and we hope they never wear it

Let’s start off by saying that the Reverse Retro jerseys by Adidas are overwhelmingly good and this was a great project by the NHL to effectively grab our cash. Now let’s take a look at the Leafs jersey that leaves us wanting… Woven from the fabric of legends. Introducing the #LeafsForever adidas #ReverseRetro jersey. Hitting…

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William Villeneuve is the Leafs 20th ranked prospect

The Leafs generally stayed clear of the CHL throughout the 2020 draft, and Canada in general. Two players from Canada were taken in the draft, and William Villeneuve was the sole QMJHL player, taken 122nd overall in the fourth round. The high scoring, right shooting defender was all over draft boards, but as the top…

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What will the Leafs reverse retro jersey look like?

There are few times the NHL gets something right. The early days of the Winter Classic, the bubble approach to the Return to Play this summer, and now we might be able to add fun jerseys to that list. The teases and leaks we’ve seen from other teams so far have been encouraging, but that…

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It’s time to rank the Leafs prospects

It’s an annual tradition on TheLeafsNation, to fill the August downtime with prospect rankings. Given that the Leafs briefly played in August, and the draft wasn’t held until October, we’ve pushed back our content to mid November to accommodate the new batch of Leafs babies and hopefully we’ll keep this content going on the site…

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Looking at the Leafs competition in an All Canadian Team Division

More and more it seems like there will be an all Canadian team division this season. That could be fun. Canada’s team in Canada’s division, what’s not to love? Well, there might be some stuff, like Oilers fans, Canucks fans, the second hand sadness when the Leafs need to go on the long bus ride…