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5 Maple Leafs Prospects Fans Should Keep An Eye On

5 Maple Leafs Prospects Fans Should Keep An Eye On

November 24th, 2020 Since their rebuild started, the Toronto Maple Leafs have put an emphasis on acquiring draft picks and developing their top prospects. Despite being a consistent playoff team, they aren’t taking that for granted as they continue to stockpile potential NHL talent.  We know the big names...
NHL Rumors: Bruins, Canadiens, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Hockey Canada, More

NHL Rumors: Bruins, Canadiens, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Hockey Canada, More

November 24th, 2020 In today's NHL rumors rundown, Hockey Canada has suspended activities due to two positive COVID-19 cases. What does that mean going forward? Meanwhile, NHL insider Craig Button says he could see a situation where the 2020-21 NHL season is in jeopardy. In NHL team news, what's next for the Boston...
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November 21st, 2020
Maple Leafs Prospects

With 12 selections at this past October's NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs were certainly hoping to strike gold with some of their mid-to-late round picks. It's obviously still too soon to tell whether any of their dozen prospects will ever make it to the NHL, but the early returns are promising — especially from the Maple Leafs' Russian contingent. Related: Maple Leafs Draft Skill and Smarts in Amirov With 15th Pick The star of Toronto's draft, 15th overall Rodion Amirov, has certainly taken steps so far, already tripling last season's production in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with three goals and six points through 19 games. However, we're not here to discuss Amirov's progression. Instead, we turn our attention to the lower profile (though highly skilled) fifth-round pick Dmitri Ovchinnikov, who is perhaps not garnering the attention he deserves. Ovchinnikov's MHL Production Puts Him in Elite Company Unlike a top prospect like Amirov, who's already got...
November 21st, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I’ll take a look at two newcomers to the Maple Leafs roster. Currently, Jumbo Joe Thornton is playing (for free) at his Swiss home in Davos and Mikko Lehtonen just had his KHL contract terminated and will be soon heading to North America to prepare for the upcoming 2020-21 NHL regular season. Related: Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Lineup Tactics & Locker Room Discord? Although both players have different resumes, their presence on the Maple Leafs roster has been greeted with enthusiasm by fans. By current hockey salary standards, the Maple Leafs haven’t invested a lot of money in these players – Thornton is signed to an NHL league-minimum $700,000 contract and the 26-year-old Lehtonen is on an entry-level contract at $925,000. However, there’s a lot of organizational investment in these players. Both are expected to positively impact the team’s success. Item One: More Than One Hockey Person Thinks...
November 21st, 2020
Maple Leafs History

This has been a very intriguing date in National Hockey League history. It has provided us with a new all-time leading scorer for players born in Europe. There were also a handful of goaltending milestones reached, some big moments in Pittsburgh, a very busy night in 1992 and even regular-season overtime was put on a 41-year hiatus. Jagr Moves the Bar Jaromir Jagr made NHL history, on Nov. 21, 2006, in the New York Rangers’ 4-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Just two days after becoming the 16th player to ever score 600 career goals, he reached another milestone with two more goals. He scored goal No. 601, late in the second period, to tie Jari Kurri for the most goals by a player born in Europe. Early in the final frame, he scored again to set the all-time record. Jagr, 34 at the time, played another 11-plus seasons, including parts of eight in the NHL. Following his final game in 2017 with the Calgary Flames,...
November 20th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs News & Rumors, I'll take a look at the one-year anniversary of Sheldon Keefe as the head coach of the Maple Leafs. I'll also take a look at a ranking of top centers currently playing on different NHL teams. And, I’ll review where John Tavares and Auston Matthews rank on that list. Related: Toronto Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews Is Undergoing a Transformation Finally, I'll take an early but I believe justifiable look at how young Matthews compares favorably with one of the great NHL players of all time in the Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin. Item One: Sheldon Keefe “Sort-of” Celebrates His First Full Year as Maple Leafs’ Head Coach If Sheldon Keefe had wanted a smooth transition to NHL coaching, it didn’t happen. He’s now officially been the Maple Leafs' head coach for more than a calendar year, but it might have been the craziest calendar year any new NHL coach (or even a veteran) has experienced. Obviously, this...
November 20th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

It didn’t take long, but 26-year-old defensive prospect Mikko Lehtonen is officially on his way to Toronto and one step closer to cracking the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster for the 2020-21 NHL season. Lehtonen, who began the season on loan from the Maple Leafs to Jokerit Helsinki of the KHL, mutually agreed to part ways with the Russian club and terminate his contract, according to a team announcement on Friday. The highly-skilled and highly-coveted defenceman from Finland signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs back in May worth $925,000. Lehtonen is in his 10th year of professional hockey overseas and has been making noise with Jokerit this season with a number of highlight-reel plays. Related: Toronto Maple Leafs Have Something Special in Mikko Lehtonen While he was overlooked, going undrafted with the likes of Rasmus Ristolainen and Olli Maatta taking precedence over him, Lehtonen’s play over...
November 20th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, are the Boston Bruins trying to trade a young prospect defenseman in order to upgrade their blue line? Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs have one of their prospect d-men coming to North America in preparation for next season. The Ottawa Senators aren't getting good news when it comes to one of their goaltenders and congratulations go out to Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Bruins Trying to Trade Vaakanainen According to a report from Boston Bruins insider Joe Haggerty, the Bruins are in the process of trying to trade Urho Vaakanainen. The hope is that they can use the prospect to upgrade their blue line. Urho Vaakanainen (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) He writes that the team has not improved over the offseason and to get something, you need to give something. From Haggerty: To simply re-sign restricted free agent winger Jake DeBrusk isn’t going to move the needle very much when it comes to fan expectations, and...