MAILCALL! Ranking defensemen, bottom six lines, and the future of the Leafs’ net

As we continue to inch our way towards the playoffs and meaningful hockey, I thought it would be a good idea to get some questions from you, our valued readers for our TLN crew to respond to. You’ve come at us with three very loaded questions, and we thank you for it.
Let’s get started…

With all the Defensive parity creating a log jam at the back end, (Imagine that, the Leafs having defensive depth) where do you rank each defenseman on the Leafs main roster?
— y – Fris (@Frlsbob) May 10, 2021

Michael Mazzei:
Oh man, that’s a tough one. Despite all of his flaws, I still think Rielly is the Leafs top defenceman but Brodie is right there at number two. The gap between the two is pretty small and both are integral to the team’s success. Muzzin and Holl go next and you can rearrange it however you want. The rest go Bogosian, Sandin, Dermott, Liljegren, Hutton, and Marincin.
Mark Norman:
Brodie – Absolute stud on the back-end, making under-the radar plays all season that tend to be under-appreciated. His ability to defend 2-on-1’s has been critically important as Morgan Rielly’s partner.
Muzzin – Hard as …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Marlies and Me: records are made to be broken

Marlies continue putting in work to make it to the end of their season.
Even in a week filled with loss, there are a good amount of positives that can be singled out.
When asked what he is most looking forward to, Head Coach Greg Moore looks to team growth as his answer. Specifically, “Just how much we can grow game-to-game.” There are a lot of opportunities to see this progress in the time the Marlies have left.  “Now we have a mix of guys who have been here all year, we have some veteran players and younger guys or just some fresh faces who have also played some pro hockey this year for some time now. With all those mixed variables and players, how quickly we can get them to come together as a team, how quickly we can get them to come together and look really clean and sharp on the ice,” Moore continues.
He also speaks to the effects the constant roster changes has on the team. Moore says, “There’s always challenges at this level with bodies coming and going but we have some really motivated young people that are here to learn and grow and …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors are better than the Wizards

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors are better than the Wizards

The Toronto Raptors continue to be one of the most bipolar teams in the NBA, as a month of March in which they totaled one victory has been followed by a fantastic April that has them back in the playoff hunt. They are joined in this unique schizophrenic club by the Washington Wizards, who are […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Baylor guard Davion Mitchell scouting report: Could the Raptors be a fit?

Baylor guard Davion Mitchell scouting report: Could the Raptors be a fit?

As the Toronto Raptors continue to trudge through a disappointing season, they can take solace in knowing that this summer’s NBA Draft is deep with talent that can make an impact on their roster, regardless of position. One name to keep an eye on should the Raptors find themselves outside of the top five is […]
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Author: Kartik Rudra / Raptors HQ

Leafs put Robertson on Long Term Injured Reserve, Thornton could be next

The Leafs continue to shuffle their roster and cap to get their lineup to where it needs to be.

The Maple Leafs have placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 21, 2021

In a move that could have happened sooner, but didn’t because of salary cap reason, Robertson has been put on the LTIR. With the Leafs maxing out their cap today with the recall of Joey Anderson to the Leafs and bringing Adam Brooks off their taxi squad, the move put Robertson on LTIR gives Toronto the flexibility to backfill Robertson’s salary, as well as Brooks and Anderson’s if they choose to send them down. The Leafs would have $2.271M to put towards replacing two players rather than $500-600k they had available this morning before shuffling deck chairs to replace one player.
Essentially these moves allow Toronto get both Barabanov and Lehtonen into Toronto’s lineup, and the 11F/7D approach will continue for the foreseeable future.
There is the possibility that Joe Thornton might also be added to the LTIR today, depending on the results of his MRI. If that were to occur it remains to be seen what the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors loss against the Celtics

Key takeaways from the Toronto Raptors loss against the Celtics

The Toronto Raptors continue to struggle with a devastating loss to the Boston Celtics. The Toronto Raptors suffer another detrimental scoring drought leading to the Boston Celtics coming away with a 126-114 win in Tampa Bay. The run made by the Raptors bench wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit the Raptors buried themselves in. Losing […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Leafs darkhorse prospects

As we continue to march our way through the TLN prospect rankings, I thought I’d take a moment to ask some of the contributors on the site, who their darkhorse prospect is for being a solid NHL player. As we head into a week with the top five prospects being showcased, I figured now would be as good a time as any to look back at some of the favourites we’ve covered (or haven’t covered.)
Earl Schwartz: Kristians Rubins
After we ranked him 18th in the TLN prospect rankings I’m not sure Kristians Rubins is considered a dark horse, but I will take any opportunity to stan Rubins. There was a time where the Leafs had an abundance of large D prospects, I remember the picture of Rasanen, Gordeev, and Middleton towering over Barb Underhill. Then it turned out they were actually not very good, and the Leafs best D prospects were undersized. At 6’4″ and 220 lbs Rubins diversified the Marlies blue line, but he also makes plays with the puck. He did figure skating as a kid and it shows, he’s such a smooth skater for a big man. When you see a 6’4″ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The media continues to disrespect the Toronto Raptors

The media continues to disrespect the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors continue to get disrespected thanks to the most recent 2020-21 Power Rankings. NBA.com released it’s 2020-21 Power Rankings ahead of the upcoming season and your Toronto Raptors ranked 15th. In-between the Raptors were the Phoenix Suns (14th) and Indiana Pacers (16th). When are people going to figure out that Canada’s team is […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

Leafs sending SDA to the KHL

The Leafs continue to loan out their AHL/AHL-bound players to any European team that can accommodate them. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (SDA) is being sent to Torpedo of the KHL.

The @MapleLeafs have loaned forward Semyon Der-Arguchintsev to Torpedo (KHL) #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) October 26, 2020

First off, Torpedo is a bad ass team name, and their jerseys are equally fire. They might end up selling a lot of merchandise to impulsive Leafs fans. Secondly, Der-Arguchintsev getting a chance to play at a high level after spending past four seasons in the OHL is a great opportunity for him.
SEASON
TEAM
LEAGUE
GP
G
A
TP
PIM
2016-17
 Peterborough Petes
OHL
63
8
21
29
2
2017-18
 Peterborough Petes
OHL
68
12
39
51
18
2018-19
 Peterborough Petes
OHL
62
6
40
46
20

 Newfoundland Growlers
ECHL
3
1
1
2
0
2019-20
 Peterborough Petes
OHL
55
12
63
75
23
SDA had a nice rebound last year after a setback in his post draft year, we’ll see how he progresses in pro hockey.
Given that it is a loan agreement, we’ll likely see SDA given the opportunity to return and earn his spot on the Marlies, but given that Der-Arguchintsev hasn’t played since March, this is a great opportunity for him to have his best shot at earning a key role on the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

2020-21 NHL season may start in November

As the NHL and NHLPA continue to work through every angle for a possible conclusion to the 2019-20 NHL season, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun suggested on Twitter that an option on the table involves pushing back the start of next season into November.

Yesterday on Twitter, LeBrun reported that the National Hockey League is looking at potentially pushing back the start of the 2020-21 season by a month or more as a means of reaching a conclusion for the current season that was interrupted by COVID-19.

A reminder that the NHL is willing to delay the start of next season until November in order to finish off this season if possible with summer hockey. NHL believes they can play a full season next year starting in November, cancel ASG/bye week, play playoffs into late June ’21
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 13, 2020

While there are obviously plenty of hurdles that would need to be cleared if this plan is going to have any chance of working out, we know that the league wants to reach some sort of a conclusion for the 2019-20 season without having to cut the number of games in 2020-21. if the league and players …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation