WJC Postgame: Makar, Batherson strike for Canada in QF victory

In a game that featured many shenanigans, Team Canada claimed an 8-2 victory over Switzerland to advance to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Juniors. The victory seemed to come easy for Canada as the team dominated throughout the game. Though the Canadians were certainly satisfied with the victory, the game featured a pettiness competition…


WJC Prospect Report Day 3: Räsänen M.I.A, Woll struggles against Slovakia

Day three of the World Juniors brought several not-so-great performances from our two active Leafs prospects in Buffalo. Though Timothy Liljegren is not outwardly struggling, he does not necessarily seem to be settling into the Swedish blueline.  Joseph Woll allowed three soft goals against the Slovaks in the USA’s first loss of the tournament.  Oh, and Eemeli Räsänen went ghost. In general, this year’s tournament…


Canada Postgame: Cal Foote’s Hand(e)

In their opening game of the 2018 World Juniors, Team Canada claimed a 4-2 win over Team Finland, walking away with their first victory of the preliminary round of the tournament. In typical WJC fashion, the win today was exciting and the game was full of action.  The Canadians have a very strong and deep…


WJC Preview: The blue and white taking to international ice

With the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships kicking off tomorrow, it’s time we examine the most important part of this year’s tournament: their relation to the best team in the NHL – the Toronto Maple Leafs, of course. Three Toronto prospects will lace up for their respective nations this year in Buffalo, the total sitting…


Evaluating the Leafs’ performance over their four-game win streak

Coming into the season, expectations for the Leafs were (understandably) high. A playoff appearance — and one in which they acquitted themselves well — left fans optimistic and hungry for more. And then the Leafs started the season 7-2-0 and you could practically see the parade route getting planned. Then, as one might have expected,…


The Roundup

Oilers and Leafs start strong; The Flames land Jagr; Exploring the best Flames team in 10 years; Old problems remain for Jets; A few youngsters make the Canucks; Loads of pre season predictions, fatherhood and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by the DailyFaceOff.