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Monday Morning GM: Nikita Nesterov is returning to the NHL. Should it be Toronto?

I can’t think of a less flashy topic to discuss than importing a bottom pairing defender from the KHL, but here we are. And here is what we’re dealing with… From AllHockey.Ru (google translated): CSKA President Igor Esmantovich spoke about the transfer plans of the Moscow club, and also said that defender Nikita Nesterov will leave the club. “We…

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Weekly Power Rankings: Who Should Win the Draft Lottery

It might still be over a week away, but it’s time weigh in on who as Leafs fans we should want to see win the draft lottery. For those who aren’t familiar with the format this year, the NHL will be drawing for the top three spots in the draft, and in addition to the…

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Staturday: Less is more when it comes to Cody Ceci

I guess you don’t really need to see the numbers to know that the lower the playing time the better off the Leafs are when it comes to Cody Ceci. At the close of the 2019-20 season we will finally be down to the target number of zero minutes and the cruel twist of COVID…

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Friday Future Stars: The 2020 Draft and the Leafs

It just doesn’t seem like June unless we’re talking about the draft. Normally by this time of year our site would be rotten with prospect rankings, profiles, mock drafts, arguments for the Leafs trading up or down in the draft, and the several dozen trade rumours of Leafs dumping players for picks which never materialize…

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NHL and NHLPA agree to July 10th training camp opening date

So today we’ve seen another step forward in the return of hockey and it is targeted for about a month from now… NHL, NHLPA agree on opening date for formal training camps. https://t.co/35lF9nEob0 pic.twitter.com/l6W4VLXVYv — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 11, 2020 Given that this is the entirety of what has been released at this…

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Marlies signee Noel Hoefenmayer named CHL defenseman of the year

On the heels of Nick Robertson picking up the Sportsman of the Year honours in the CHL, Noel Hoefenmayer has picked up the defenseman of the year honours for the CHL… Congrats to Noel Hoefenmayer on being named CHLHockey Defenceman of the Year! 👏 pic.twitter.com/Qb9NwFbc4K — Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 9, 2020 From the CHL…

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The first Leafs line rush combination for us to dissect in months

Yesterday the NHL launched Phase II, allowing NHL players to workout together on ice in small groups. While generally not exciting and we’re still sitting over a month away from a potential training camp, we’ll get giddy at the sight of Leafs back on ice and check out the first group working together… Zach Hyman…

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Zach Hyman is the Leafs nominee for the Masterton Trophy

It’s the start of award nomination season, and while that NHL individual awards isn’t particularly my favourite thing, I admit that in a year when it’s all we have it’s something I’ll force myself to pay attention to. To kick things off The Pro Hockey Writers Association has shared their list of the 31 Masterton…