Sunday, January 19, 2014

Is Connor Brown a Legitimate Prospect?

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Very rarely does a sixth-round pick turn himself into a legitimate prospect. But as Leafs prospect Connor Brown continues his assault on the OHL, more and more fans and scouts are beginning to wonder whether Brown's scoring prowess will one day translate to the NHL.

Brown is leading the OHL in scoring with 31 goals and 92 points through 45 games and is on pace for nearly 140 points. No OHL player has surpassed 130 points in a season since Patrick Kane scored 145 in 2006-07.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book Review: Keon and Me

dave keon leafs book
For decades, quite possibly the greatest player in Leafs history, Dave Keon, has been on self-imposed exile from the team. In Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Leafs, Dave Bidini goes searching for the Maple Leaf legend.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Evaluating Dave Nonis' First Year in Toronto

dave nonis leafs
On the one-year anniversary of his hiring as Toronto Maple Leafs general manager, Dave Nonis is witnessing his team implode. Toronto has only two regulation wins in their last 23 games and only four in the 30 games since a 10-4 October.

After making the playoffs last season the Leafs have taken a gigantic step backwards in 2013-14, although they are miraculously still in a playoff spot thanks to a terrible Eastern Conference.

Now seems like a good time to evaluate Nonis' first year on the job.

Friday, January 3, 2014

What to Expect from Tim Gleason

tim gleason leafs trade
On the day of the Winter Classic the Leafs made a trade, consummating the oft-talked about John-Michael Liles for Tim Gleason swap with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The deal is a lateral move, both teams dealing overpriced defenders with two additional years on their contracts, but one in which the two players might provide better results with a change of scenery.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter Classic All Style, No Substance

winter classic leafs red wings
The Winter Classic is really, really cool and breathtakingly beautiful. It also really sucks.

Don't get me wrong, walking into the Big House and looking around at the enormous crowd as the snow fell and the teams took to the ice is a moment I'll never forget and it was every bit as magical as you expect. Magic doesn't keep you warm, however, and about five minutes into the game you start to question your own intelligence.
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