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On draft day I was one of many thinking Burke would move up in the draft. To grab JT or Brayden Schenn. I was dissapointed to see the Kings draft Brayden. So the leafs selected Nazem Kadri at which point I cursed in disgust. But the more and more I look at it, the better it seems. Kadri was only cut from the world junior team last year because of a broken jaw. Even though ...
As I live in Saskatoon SK, where the camp is bieng held I will be watching the Red and White scrimmage and providing thoughts and analysis Sunday night. Stay Tuned Kenny
kenny878 writes...

Leafs Prospect Rankings

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#1 Nazem Kadri - London Knights #2 Jiri Tlusty - Toronto Marlies #3 Mikhail Stefanovich - Quebec Remparts #4 Chris DiDomenico - Drummondville Voltigeurs #5 Dale Mitchell - Windsor Spitfires #6 Jerome Flaake - Cologne #7 Kenny Ryan - U.S. U-18 #8 Joel Champagne - P.E.I. #9 Viktor Stalberg - U of Vermont #10 Jesse Blacker - Windsor Spitfires Noteables - Grant Rol...
kenny878 writes...

Leafs Prospect Profile

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
In the next few days I will be writing prospect profiles on my list of the Top Ten Leafs Prospects. Begining with number ten Jesse Blacker counting up to number one Nazem Kadri. Stay Tuned Kenny
Quick update. I am told the scouts are experimenting with Nazem Kadri centering Brandon Kozun and Taylor Hall. A line they believe will put pucks in the net.
I finally had a chance to watch practice and the Red vs. White Game today. Practice was just some drills and the players shooting on the goalies. Matt Duchene's stick skills are some of the best I've seen. The Games Final Scroe: 5 to 3 for the Red Team Shawn Lalonde scored twice in 43 seconds late in the second period to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 advantage as Red ...
2006-07: This was Kadri's rookie season with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). In 62 games, the center recorded 22 points (7g+15a), adding another two assists in nine playoff games. 2007-08: Kadri improved on his numbers from last season, netting 25 goals and another 40 assists in 68 games with Kitchener (OHL). He excelled in the postseason as well, recording 26 points (9g+1...
While it has long been thought that pre-season is an irrelevant showcase and tune-up for 19 out of 22 players and an intense battle between some 30 others for the last 3 spots, I find myself thinking it to be a little more important. In particular, for the Toronto Maple Leafs after 4 seasons of non-playoff hockey! With the Leafs, the obvious logjam at defense has been ...
leafsprospect writes...

Leafs Wheel of Fortune

Posted Monday | Comments 0
After a slew of 4 games in 4 nights and the first cut, the Leafs roster is beginning to take shape. After the Kessel trade, the top 6 becomes a little more crowded but not until November! With Ron Wilson’s comments indicating that Nazem Kadri is all but assured to go back to London not because of his play but because of his youth, we can now assume the Leafs will ...
yideboit writes...

Some Leafs CHL prospects

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Even with a few the Leafs most talented young players already with the big club there is still a fair amount of what looks like mid to high level talent coming up in the next few years. I'm going to touch on some of the top prospects not with the club at the moment and provide some stats. Now I acknowledge that I have limited or no knowledge about other teams prospect d...
On September 19, 2009 the Toronto Maple Leafs traded away their first and second round picks in the 2010 draft along with their 2011 first round pick to acquire 36 goal scorer Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins. Leafs Nation for the most part jumped for joy as the team had acquired a 21 year old sniper and top six forward for the squad. The Toronto Sports papers, radio sta...
nwhewitson writes...

Toronto: Looking Ahead

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After showing promise after the Olympic break and a couple of high-profile trades the Maple Leafs have little right to take anything for granted and need to make continued changes in the off-season if they want to guarantee themselves a playoff spot and not a tee time in April. 1) The Ponikarovsky Deal While I was disappointed to see Poni shipped to the Pens he is a pe...
yideboit writes...

The First 8

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As most of us know, the first 8 games last season played a large role in the eventual further dismantling of the roster by Brian Burke and the team missing the playoffs yet again. With that in mind I figured it would be fitting to take a glance at the first 8 this season, and throw out some predictions. We'll start by reviewing last seasons first 8. Game 1 vs Mtl. 4-...
Jermz13 writes...

Is Burke in on Stall?

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I am hearng more and more that Brian Burke has been in contact with Carolina re: Stall. Now it would be interesting to hear what Carolina would want in return & what Burke is willing to part with. Could be that Carolina gets Kadri, Blacker & 2012 first round pick. Is Stall worth that much? Would you make that deal? Let me know. Jermz13
Hey all, Now, I realize that with a bit of common sense and realistic expectations it's pretty easy to take a stab at what the Leafs will look like next season. Yet I frequently see people making odd guesses/ projections for the team to then defend themselves till their blue in the face... So I'm just going to write down the lines I believe most likely to be put out...
I have a few predictions, some realistic, some fun and outlandish, for the Leafs from now till the end of next season. Enjoy! 1) Komisarek is gone, he will be traded. If the asset is a 7th rounder in 2015 I think the Leafs accept, and someone will give up a 5th for this guy in next years draft. 2) Kadri will end up on a line with Kessel and Connolly and have 60 p...
Fast, skilled, great hands. These are the components that make up Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization's game. Some believe that he has earned his right to play in the National Hockey League full time as he has nothing to prove on the farm team. While his game is ready, he is not ready to be the face of the franchise. Ever since being draft 7th overall in a ...
When Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was called up from the Marlies last week, many thought it would be the last chance he would get to show what he was capable of at the NHL level. Many felt that the seventh overall pick in 2009 has had enough chances to prove himself, and at this stage in his career he should already be making an impact on a big league roster. Kadri has larg...
Well in my last post I was talking about the Jackets and in that there where some rumors of Jeff Carter being shiped off to Toronto. Now the Leafs would and I know for a fact go for this. The Leafs are 19-15-5 and are 10th in the Eastern Confrence 1 pt behind the red hot Devils. Now the Leafs could possibley offer Kadri, Grabovski and a pick for Carter. That sounds reasona...
The Maple Leafs are in an all familiar spot in the standings since the lockout, out of a playoff position once again thanks in part to a dismal month of December that saw the club go 4-6-3 and in a tight Eastern Conference that sees 10 points separating 3rd place from 12th place in the Conference the Buds need to get their game back on track The team plays nine out of t...
For my first crack at blog writing in some time, I thought I would simply put together a list of my thoughts on the Leafs. 1. Nazem Kadri is in no way the bargaining piece Brian Burke would have us believe he is, nor is he the super star the Leafs need. In fact, I would argue that if he does not piece together the defence side of his game soon - and that includes limiti...
centribo writes...

Leafs Thoughts, What Not.

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1. Despite what a lot of people seem to be thinking about what will happen if the Oilers get a second line centre at the draft and thus free up Sam Gagner for trade, the Leafs should steer clear of him. If the Leafs were to land him, he's projected as the number one centre, and adding to that, he's a Toronto boy, and we all know how Brian Burke loves local boys (sarcasm). ...
jeffjgreig writes...

Game #3

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
So game one the leafs could have lost easily in the dying seconds and game two they could have won in the dying seconds. Not only was the scenario a coplete opposite, in my opinion the leafs played a better game against Buffalo than Montreal. Congradulations Ryan Miller for coming out and spoiling a great team effort with a stellar night between the pipes. Wouldn't it be ...
1/31 Maple Leafs 3, Capitals 2 I must admit, it is a little more challenging to come up with a good post after your team played a great game and never stepped off the pedal until the final horn sounded. But, there is always something to comment on after every game, win or lose. It is just a little easier and perhaps more fun to discuss a loss or develop some sort of co...
jeffjgreig writes...

Great Character

Posted Friday | Comments 0
The leafs really showed some character last night. they looked as though they were going to give in about halfway through the second period, but they managed to take complete control in the third and won a decisive victory. The young guns are firing on all cylinders as the goals were scored by; JVR, Kulemin and matt Frattin iced the game again for the leafs. I reall...
[b]February 19[/b] [i][b]Opportunities Arise, but Toronto Only Able to Take Just Two Points from Sunshine State[/b][/i] [u][i]Maple Leafs 2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 4[/i][/u] I hate to say it, but this loss can be chalked up to poor goaltending. Since James Reimer went down with a sprained MCL, Ben Scrivens had stood tall and became the "iron curtain" for the Leafs. ...
[b][i]Three Games, Three Cities, Four Nights; Could have been worse...[/i][/b] [u][i]Maple Leafs 4 @ Philadelphia Flyers 2[/i][/u] After suffering a bad loss in Ottawa on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs headed to Philadelphia to take on another 'Jekyll and Hyde' type of team in the Flyers. Philly continues to struggle in their own zone keeping teams from scoring...
mgoren92 writes...

On Kadri and Kessel

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I will start off on a positive note: Kadri is lighting it up, leading the Leafs in scoring... from the 3rd line! Yesterday he put the team on his back and got his first NHL hat trick against the Islanders in a 5 - 4 overtime win. Don Cherry would beam about this and say, "I told ya so!", but I'm of the opinion that Kadri has developed into the player he is right now becasu...
[b]March 6th[/b] [u][i]Maple Leafs 5, Ottawa Senators 4[/i][/u] This game came down to goaltending, and clearly James Reimer was the better netminder at his end of the ice, turning aside 38 of 43 Senator shots, helping the Leafs hang on to a 5-4 victory over their provincial rivals. I recent years since the arrival of Reimer, I am sure all Leafs fans out there are...
[b]March 21 [i]Sabres Steal Key Point from Lazy Leafs[/b][/i] Before I get into this one, I just want to make one thing clear about both of these teams on the ice; all weaknesses were greatly magnified throughout this game. The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs are two teams going absolutely nowhere this season. Both teams are lazy, they cough the puck up at ...
[b]March 24[/b] [i][b]Maple Leafs 3, Boston Bruins 2[/b][/i] Perhaps the Maple Leafs caught a break facing Anton Khudobin instead of Tukkka Rask? Be as it may, Khudobin came into the game with a 6-2 record and a sparkling 2.14 GAA and a save percentage of 92.5%. Toronto also may have caught the Bruins at a good time, as Boston played with some inexperience on its ...
Justin1987 writes...

Leafs Free Agency So Far

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After being one of the more active teams come the free agency frenzy, the leafs have settled down into a quieter role. Looking at what they accomplished so far, its hard to argue that the leafs have not become a more attractive team then they once were just a few short months ago. The leafs brought in a tough, scoring winger in [b]David Clarkson[/b] into their top 6....
Justin1987 writes...

Leafs Free Agency So Far

Posted Monday | Comments 0
After being one of the more active teams come the free agency frenzy, the leafs have settled down into a quieter role. Looking at what they accomplished so far, its hard to argue that the leafs have not become a more attractive team then they once were just a few short months ago. The leafs brought in a tough, scoring winger in [b]David Clarkson[/b] into their top 6....
Justin1987 writes...

Leafs Free Agency So Far

Posted Monday | Comments 0
After being one of the more active teams come the free agency frenzy, the leafs have settled down into a quieter role. Looking at what they accomplished so far, its hard to argue that the leafs have not become a more attractive team then they once were just a few short months ago. The leafs brought in a tough, scoring winger in [b]David Clarkson[/b] into their top 6....
Justin1987 writes...

Leafs Free Agency So Far

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After being one of the more active teams come the free agency frenzy, the leafs have settled down into a quieter role. Looking at what they accomplished so far, its hard to argue that the leafs have not become a more attractive team then they once were just a few short months ago. The leafs brought in a tough, scoring winger in [b]David Clarkson[/b] into their top 6....
And so it begins. The predictions on who will be suiting up for the Toronto Maple Leafs on opening night in Montreal against the Habs. I know there are going to be quite a few of these articles being posted across the internet over the course of the next month so I figured I would get the jump on some of the other bloggers in the world and make my thoughts known before cam...
Coming into the league, Cody Franson was never the best skater, he was really never the best defender, but one thing was certain with Franson, he had a very electric and accurate shot. Whether it was a slapshot from the slot, or a snapping wrist shot from the blueline, Franson's accuracy with his shot is nearly unmatched. In junior, Franson—who played with the Vanc...
cimini9 writes...

Leafs RFA Problems

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Follow me on Twitter @jcimms9 September has arrived and we are but days away from training camps beginning to open and unless things change fast there will be two very noticeable faces missing for the Leafs. RFA's Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri have yet to ink a deal with the blue and white after coming off both players most impressive season performances to date. ...
SnipCheddar writes...

Kadri on Cloud 9

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Recent reports have indicated that Nazim Kadri is currently seeking a "John Tavares" type contract from the Toronto Maple Leafs which would be 6 years and 5.5 Million dollars.... In my opinion Kadri is not in the same stratosphere as Tavares who has played around 200 more games and recorded around 200 more points in that period. Kadri reflects a contract much closer to ...
Tonight's game marks the end of the season series between the Sharks and Canucks. It's pretty early to be ending a season series, but I'm sure these two teams have had enough of each other. Four of the Sharks first 19 games have been against Vancouver, as well as a few pre-season games and a four game sweep of the 'Nucks in last years playoffs. The Sharks took the firs...
It's been a while. I apologize for those who have been wondering what happened to me...(Roadrunner especially!) Compacted with some laptop computer issues ($875 and a little bit more for tech support via Geek Squad, that has finally been addressed), coaching both junior high and high school teams in the fall, as well as and other commitments, I have spent the month of O...
[b]December 5th[/b] [u]Welcome back to the scene Mr. Bernier and Mr. Kadri.[/u] Tonight at the Air Canada Centre, the Maple Leafs got exactly what they were asking for when they traded for Jonathan Bernier. Bernier was a man on a mission tonight, and although he allowed the game-tying goal later in the third on an outstanding hand-eye coordination play by the savvy v...
bigalch writes...

Leafs trade coming REAL soon?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Word out there is that Leafs are coming real close to acquiring Jeff Skinner from the Hurricanes. Leafs may be sending Kadri and Reimer or Kadri and Gardiner in return. IMO, the first deal makes more sense for the Hurricanes as Kadri will replace Skinner and Reimer will help the Canes goalie problem. Although nothing has been set in stone, Carolina's earlier move today fre...
[b]January 7[/b] After an improbable victory (in a shootout mind you folks!) in the Winter Classic, things continue to get worse for a team who is extremely fragile minded. This is everyone's fault, from the ice, to the bench and to the press box. It has been a while since I have written anything. Been on vacation while on winter break from teaching. I enjoyed the Sm...
[b]January 18th[/b] Lots to write about following a (near) perfect week for the Toronto Maple Leafs (their AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies) and the Los Angeles Kings... I was planning on writing up my recap from last night's Chicago Wolves-Toronto Marlies game, but when I returned home, I instantly crashed as my body hit the bed. It had been a very long, tiresome week ...
JoeyNarsa50 writes...

Curious Case of Clarkson

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
For every resounding fact that proves Dave Bolland is the heart of this team and a difference maker, there are opposites stats that prove otherwise about David Clarkson. Now I am not attempting to bash Clarkson, nor am I admitting he was a bad signing just yet. However, it's strange that with Clarkson in the lineup the Leafs seem to be a less productive team. There are...
[b]April 27[/b] [i]Do the Leafs need a new coach or new Philosophy? [/i] First of all, I do not think that simply bringing in a new coach and continuing with the same exact roster for the most part will pay instant dividends. First, the team needs to decide what it will do with its goaltending situation. Everyone thinks that Jonathan Bernier was a "savior" for th...
This is the the way I see this ship veering. Perhaps with a few of my own thoughts and theories, however this is the path upon which I believe the Leafs are embarking. In an attempt to add addition draft picks or in order to move up further into the top 10, Toronto General Manager Dave Nonis was hard at work pumping the phone lines and attempting to deal off some of hi...
Pucker77 writes...

Leafs Analysis by Adam

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
[b][u]Analysis by Adam[/u][/b] Hello all, This will be a piece where I analyze the play of all 82 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I watch a lot of hockey and closely follow many teams but the Leafs always seem to be the most intriguing win or lose. Anyways, here we go. [b][u]Toronto Maple Leafs Game #1 vs Montreal Canadiens 4-3 L (0-1-0)[/u][/b] After a ...
[b][i]S-N-D & Company Must Address Blue Line Quickly; Trade a Player like Kessel?[/i][/b] Good luck to Brendan Shanahan, Dave Nonis, Kyle Dubas and company, or as I will identify them as S-N-D & Co. from here on out. There is so much work that needs to be done to at least make this Maple Leaf team playoff-level competitive, I highly doubt that anyone can completely figu...
[i]Quick hits from tonight's game in Boston:[/i] • Much better effort, at least in the first forty minutes. At one point the shots were 17-11 before Boston was able to the tie game off two really unfortunate bounces. Bottom line, despite the third period in which the Bruins dominated, Toronto deserved to at least come away with a point, but got two via the shootout. N...

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