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On the Bubble: Calvin Pickard

Now that we’re wrapping up our breakdown of prospects, and getting ready to start previewing the roster players, I’ve been handed the distinguished task of pooper scooping the other guys who are sitting around with NHL contracts, and want to play for the Leafs. Basically the guys who could just as equally be A) Marlies…

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Top 20 Maple Leafs Prospects: #3 Carl Grundstrom

A long time ago, I made a list. Well, according to the date stamp on the site, it was March of 2016, so I don’t think it was that long ago, but whatever. On that list I identified Carl Grundstrom as the 26th best player in the 2016 NHL entry draft. That’s probably not the…

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Top 20 Maple Leafs Prospects 2018: #7 Dmytro Timashov

It was nice to take a break yesterday to hear about an American goaltender, but it’s time to get back to what these prospect rankings are all about, and that’s loving Swedes. In this case it’s a Ukrainian born Swedish citizen, but we’re counting it and it’s time for us to talk some Dmytro Timashov….

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Top 20 Maple Leafs Prospects: #9 Pierre Engvall

Death, Taxes, and Pierre Engvall not making our Top 20 list. This was the norm for the previous four years he was eligible for the list, and it always felt justified. Engvall wasn’t making it to the SHL, and his numbers in the Swedish B League barely inspired his ability to cut in the SHL….

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Monday Mailbag: Thank Gord We Have Hockey To Talk About Soon Edition

It’s Monday. It’s a mailbag. You’ve got questions. I’ve got bad takes. Let’s do this. Let’s talk about the three contracts, when you anticipate them to be signed, length and amount. — Wendel Mania (@Wendel_Mania) August 27, 2018 I feel like this is turning into a weekly mailbag tradition, and I’m sure I’ve varied at…

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Top 20 Maple Leaf Prospects: The Story So Far

We’re halfway through our list of the Top 20 Maple Leaf Prospects, and now seems like the perfect time to recap who we’ve covered off so far. Why? Largely because we do read the comments occasionally and someone brought up the important point of seeing the list in its entirety in one place. That just…

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Good Idea/Bad Idea: One Defenseman On the Penalty Kill

Sorry folks (folk’s), the lack of hockey means every idea that comes into my pretty little head about the sport will end up on this site, and today we’re going to look at one that I hold near and dear to my heart. That idea is reducing the number of defensemen on penalty to one,…

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3 Hires and 2 Promotions in the Leafs Front Office

While you were stuck in traffic this morning or grabbing your morning cup of coffee (or if you are a Millennial, still sound asleep), the Leafs were busy doing work announcing a flurry of new front office folks (folk’s). The @MapleLeafs have also hired Hayley Wickenheiser as the club’s Assistant Director of Player Development, Noelle…

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If Marner Is Offersheeted

Continuing with the “It’s August” theme of writing I’ve been doing on this site, I’ve decided to go back on my earlier decision to not write about, the rumour floated by Eklund in regards to potential incoming offer sheets for Mitch Marner next season… I have heard from several sources this summer that several teams…

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Top 20 Maple Leaf Prospects 2018: #14 Yegor Korshkov

Yegor Korshkov is another prospect on our list who has fallen back a bit in our rankings since last season, when we optimistically put him as the 9th best prospect in the organization. I can’t speak to everyone’s reasoning for dropping Korshkov back, but I’m willing to guess that since he hasn’t arrived in North…

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Potential Pickard Landing Spots

Yeah, it’s August. It’s so much August that I almost started writing about an Eklund rumour. That still may happen, but you’re at least safe for now. Anyway, the one thing that is out there, is that Calvin Pickard, the guy who was 4th on the Leafs goaltending depth chart last season, is supposedly on…

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Top 20 Maple Leafs Prospects 2018: #16 Jesper Lindgren

Jesper Lindgren kicks off the main theme of the prospect rankings, and that theme is Swedes. Eight of the prospects who made the list are Swedish nationals, and four of them are defensemen. The interest in Lindgren as a prospect comes from a few places. The first being that the Leafs have had a solid…