Maple Leafs Can Add Forward Depth In Free Agency
We know the Toronto Maple Leafs top-six forward unit is one of the deepest in the league. They have incredible talent and skill that many teams would like to replicate. While you always look to your top players for offensive production, you still need to have support from the bottom six. The Maple Leafs’ bottom-six […]
Luke Prokop – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Luke Prokop 2019-20 Team: Calgary HitmenDate of Birth: May 6, 2002Place of Birth: Edmonton, AB, CANHt: 6-foot-4 Wt: 217 lbsShoots: RPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: First-year draft eligibility Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 130th (among NA skaters) Future Considerations: 126th Josh Bell’s Top 155 Final Rankings: 149th Larry Fisher’s Top 500 Final Rankings: 139th With defensemen becoming […]
5 Maple Leafs’ First-Round Draft Targets
When Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Kyle Dubas traded Patrick Marleau to the Carolina Hurricanes, he had no choice but to include a first-round pick in order to alleviate his $6.25 million contract. With another early exit from the playoffs this season and missing out on the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes, the Maple Leafs gave the […]
Maple Leafs Have Multiple Trade Targets on Defense
When Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Kyle Dubas spoke at his end-of-season press conference, there were many notable quotes regarding the roster. He gave his thoughts on making adjustments, the core of his team and shutting down the idea of moving a major piece like Mitch Marner in a major shake-up. The Maple Leafs have […]
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Maple Leafs Facing Tough Decisions Heading Into Offseason
It’s the same story that the Toronto Maple Leafs and its fan base have seen for the last four seasons. Their 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 5 was another disappointing outcome after a poor performance in a do or die game with a chance to advance into the playoffs. From the […]
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Maple Leafs’ Keys to Success in Game 3
While the Toronto Maple Leafs had an overall good performance in Game 1, it wasn’t the result they wanted as they fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0. They were smothered by the Blue Jackets’ defensive structure while also facing the stellar play of goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. In a short series like this, there is […]
3 Maple Leafs Flying Under the Radar in the Playoffs
It’s a well-known fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs boast one of the best offensive units in the NHL. All the focus seems to be on the team’s top offensive threats heading into the postseason, and rightfully so. Of the six players to score double-digit goals, five scored 15 or more during the regular season, […]
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3 Maple Leafs Under Some Playoff Pressure
No matter the sport, athletes face pressure to perform well and exceed expectations, and when the postseason arrives, that’s when the real test begins. The Toronto Maple Leafs are always under a microscope. As one of the most historic franchises in the NHL, expectations are extremely high. The Stanley Cup has been said to be […]
Maple Leafs Banter with Forbes & Baracchini: Who’ll Be the Maple Leafs Unsung Hero in the Playoffs?
When the playoffs start, all the attention will be focused on the top players to be at their best, push their team forward and be a key factor in winning the Stanley Cup. Ryan O’Reilly did that last season for the St. Louis Blues; Alex Ovechkin dominated the postseason the year before for the Washington […]
Maple Leafs Defense Will Be Their X-Factor
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Toronto Maple Leafs’ ability to heal after a season plagued with injuries and their past experiences in the playoffs could help them this time around. This year, the postseason is going to be a lot different. It will be longer and even more grueling than usual. […]
Mason Langenbrunner- 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Mason Langenbrunner 2019-20 Team: Eden Prairie High- MNDate of Birth: Sept. 14, 2002Place of Birth: Dallas, TX, USAHt: 6’2” Wt: 166 lbsShoots: RightPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 131st (among NA skaters) Larry Fisher’s Top 500 Final Rankings: 307th Like Ryder Rolston and his family ties to hockey, if Mason […]
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Maple Leafs’ Health & Experience Key to Beating Blue Jackets
As we inch closer to the qualifying rounds, teams are preparing for Aug. 1. While we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto offer reassurance that the players will be in a safe environment where cases are on the decline. With everyone’s safety in mind, fans are hoping […]
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Maple Leafs’ 4 Free Agent Defence Targets
At this point, the Stanley Cup would have been awarded, we’d know where Alexis Lafreniere has ended up, and we’d be at the start of the free-agent frenzy period. Unfortunately, the world had other plans. Related: The Worst Free-Agent Signings in NHL History While the NHL schedule has been thrown off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]
Grant Slukynsky- 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Grant Slukynsky 2019-20 Team: Warroad High USHS-MnDate of Birth: Mar. 12th, 2002Place of Birth: Edin, MN, USAHt: 6’0” Wt: 195 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 152nd (among NA Skaters) Larry Fisher’s Final 500 Rankings: 151st Steve Kourianos’ Top 300: 180th In terms of Minnesota high school players who […]
Maple Leafs Draft Targets With First Round Conditional Pick
Good news for draft and prospect enthusiasts. There will be an NHL draft. However, it might be a little different than what we’re used to. THW’s Brandon Share-Cohen wrote a great explanation of the lottery process and its implications for those who don’t win their play-in series. What does this mean for the Toronto Maple […]
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Maple Leafs Banter with Forbes & Baracchini: Maple Leafs Will Beat Blue Jackets If…
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a stoppage in the NHL season, many wondered if a return was even possible. However, the league came out with a plan to move closer to resuming the season by heading straight into the playoffs. Commissioner Gary Bettman laid out a 24-team playoff format, where teams outside of the top-eight […]
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Ian Moore- 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
Ian Moore 2019-20 Team: St. Mark’s School, High-MADate of Birth: Jan. 4, 2002Place of Birth: Concord, MA, USAHt: 6’2” Wt: 171 lbsShoots: RightPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 47th (among NA Skaters) Steve Kourianos’ Top 300: 110th Larry Fisher’s Top 500 Final Rankings: 120th Forbes’ Top 217 for March: 187th […]
5 Maple Leafs Second Round Draft Targets
For the second straight year, the Toronto Maple Leafs are without a first-round pick in the NHL Draft. While that pick would’ve been beneficial, the list of high-end talent extends into the second round. With the 50th pick at the moment, they have the opportunity to draft an impact player, or even find another Nick […]
Maple Leafs 2020 Mock Draft Recap
Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in The Hockey Writers’ mock draft. What started as a two-round mock, became a full-on seven-round mock draft. This was really entertaining and unpredictable and made you feel like you’re part of the scouting and drafting process. I selected for the Toronto Maple Leafs? — they had […]
Maple Leafs Banter with Forbes & Baracchini: Targeting Alex Pietrangelo
As we discussed last week, the Toronto Maple Leafs are making moves in the international free agent pool, signing Alexander Barabanov and Mikko Lehtonen – filling in some depth roles in the process. But what are they going to do when NHL free agency opens? On July 1, 2018, the Maple Leafs landed the ultimate […]
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