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The Bolts are ridiculous. Such a good, young team. 

Up front, they have a franchise center in Stamkos, and arguably the best 2nd-line in hockey in Palat-Johnson-Kucherov. Drouin is buried on the 3rd line, but I'm willing to bet he'll force his way onto Stamkos' wing eventually. He can be Stamkos' new St. Louis. He has the potential. They have great depth, with guys like Filppula and Killorn, and have a couple solid prospects in Erne and Point (who slipped WAY too far in the draft). 

On D, they have Hedman leading the charge, along with a formerly under-rated Stralman, and have pretty solid depth already, with guys like Koekkoek and future PP stud DeAngelo in the prospect pool. 

In net, they have Bishop, who is pretty damn good, with Vasilevski ready to start putting pressure on him. Gudlevskis is a decent prospect, too, although he hasn't quite played the way they hoped he would in the AHL so far. 

These guys are going to be good for a long time. But are they going to be a team like Chicago/LA, that wins a couple cups, or a team like SJ/Vancouver, that's also stacked for years, but can't bring home a cup? 

3 hours, 7 minutes ago on Monday Mashup: Ken Hitchcock Watch, Toronto Marlies take 2-0 lead

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A horrible call robbed the Sens of the tying goal. Who knows what would have happened if they had actually made it 1-1. That call may have cost them a playoff series. Somebody needs to be fired. 

1 day, 2 hours ago on Toronto Marlies Open Thread: Marlies score touchdown in Game 1 win; Game 2 goes Sunday

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@Biltmore Couldn't hurt for the Leafs to play him a lot next season. We're tanking anyway, right? Give him one last chance to do something in the NHL. 

1 day, 4 hours ago on Toronto Marlies Open Thread: Marlies score touchdown in Game 1 win; Game 2 goes Sunday

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@GibsonLPStudio @DWCMLHS  Kessel's 280 shots would have netted him 30 goals, at his career shooting percentage of 10.8%. The low shooting percentage has more to do with luck. He did have his 2nd-lowest number of shots/game as a Leaf this year, though. That's more indicative of his play. 

1 day, 5 hours ago on Toronto Marlies Open Thread: Marlies score touchdown in Game 1 win; Game 2 goes Sunday

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Bobby Ryan had 18 goals and 36 assists for 54 points in 78 games this year. He had a very unlucky year, in terms of shooting percentage. His 221 shots-on-goal would have netted him 28/29 goals at his career shooting percentage of 12.9%. He's still a very good player. He's a Sen, so fuck him, but don't be silly, guys. 

1 day, 5 hours ago on Toronto Marlies Open Thread: Marlies score touchdown in Game 1 win; Game 2 goes Sunday

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@Hammertownleaffan I never had a chance to answer you earlier today. I have Hanifin ranked 3rd, Marner 4th, and Strome 5th. Hanifin has basically been the consensus #3 pick until just a month or two ago. Lots of people are putting Strome/Marner ahead of him now, and I have been tempted to at times, but I just can't quite do it. It's harder to judge Dmen at a young age than forwards, so there is some risk having him ranked that high, but I just can't bring myself to move him down. He's the complete package, and could be a franchise Dman. 

I have Marner over Strome, despite the size disadvantage, for a couple reasons. Strome's skating is questionable, and in my mind, skating, (along with hockey sense) are the two most important attributes a player needs to see their success carry on to the NHL-level. I'm also worried about Strome's numbers potentially being inflated, due to playing with McDavid. It's obvious why playing on McD's line is advantage, and even when Strome is on a different line, he still benefits by not having to play against their opponents' top defensive players. Strome's production slowed down a lot with McDavid out of the lineup. 

Marner scoring at a better rate, in his draft year, than a draft+2 Max Domi (on the same team!!) is insanity. Sure, he's small, but I don't think it will matter much. He's sick. I still have Strome right behind Marner. I had to think about it. Hanifin, Marner, and Strome are all separated by a hair. As long as the Leafs take one of the three, and don't go off the board, I'll be happy. 

1 day, 6 hours ago on Toronto Marlies Open Thread: Marlies score touchdown in Game 1 win; Game 2 goes Sunday

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Hahahahahahaha wow, Jake Allan. What an angle. Short-handed goal for Parise. 

1 day, 8 hours ago on Toronto Marlies Open Thread: Marlies score touchdown in Game 1 win; Game 2 goes Sunday

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@Dogger Depends who falls, but realistically, I like any of the guys listed in the 22-27 range on this mock draft:

http://www.mynhldraft.com/NHL-Mock-Draft/

3 days, 2 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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@WendelGilmour @Sexyhairyman Ridiculous puck-possession line. 

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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@Leafs_17 @DWCMLHS @WendelGilmour I can see him being that kind of player. Maybe a 20-25/20-25 player on a 2nd-line, a 30/30 player on a first line, with an elite offensive talent. Like JVR when he plays with Kessel ;)

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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@WendelGilmour I just see N. Ritchie being more of a complimentary presence in a team's top-6. He'll score goals, but he won't be the guy driving the play. He'll be the one complimenting a couple go-to guys. 

Nylander, on the other hand, I see being a go-to guy. The kind of player that feeds guys like Ritchie tap-ins, while also being a major scoring threat himself. 

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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@Whalz111 I liked Virtanen. I had Nylander ranked 4th, though. Ahead of Draisaitl. I was ecstatic when the Leafs took him. 

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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@mtommy Kadri became a good 2nd-line center. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT ANYONE WITH REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS PROJECTED HIM TO BE. Lol.  

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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@Whalz111 Ritchie is good. Nylander is better. But he's not a big, hard-hitting, "good Canadian boy"! (He was actually born in Calgary, but whatever)

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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Nylander put up basically a point-per-game in the SHL, and isn't far off in the AHL, and Cherry is still whining about Ritchie, and showing clips of him playing junior hockey. 

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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@Leafs_17 @Dogger Going on about the Leafs not drafting Nick Ritchie again. 

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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Nylander would be dominating the CHL, too. He'd be better.

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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Cherry is such a dummy. 

3 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Overhaul in Edmonton, Sharks talking to Carlyle

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I tend to trust ISS when it comes to prospects' height. I still like Marner more than Strome. Strome's skating worries me a little, as do his point totals with/without McDavid in the lineup. Draft-year Marner out-produced draft+2 Max Domi on the same team. That's ridiculous. 

5 days, 4 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Todd McLellan in play

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Lol, Brewer. Where'd you go? 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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Hell of a shift for Panik

1 month, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #65, Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m., SNO)

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@kxbarillas He's 24... He's into his prime years already. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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Phaneuf pointed to Bozak right away. Wasn't much doubt whose goal it was. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on GDT: Game #64, Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., TSN4)

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@Jay31 @Zep2 Getzlaf was great in the 07 playoffs, but Andy McDonald was the Ducks' #1 center in the 06/07 season. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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@TheLoovTrain Meh. I like the moves that have been made lately, but I'd have liked to see Lupul, Bozak, Polak, Booth and Robidas moved. Booth is the only UFA in that group, so the rest can be moved at the draft, but it would have been nice to clear all of those guys out now, so Shanahan and Nonis can focus on whether or not they want to move Phaneuf and/or Kessel. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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Franson, Santorelli for 2015 1st, Leipsic, O. Jokinen: Good.

Winnik for 2016 2nd, 2015 4th, Sill: Good.

Clarkson for Horton: Nothing needs to be said. Still can't believe this actually happened. 

Abbott for Brennan: Whatever.

Erixon claim: Good.

O. Jokinen for cond. 2016 6th, Lindstrom: Whatever.

Holzer for 2015 5th, Brewer: Whatever.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dave Nonis Post-Deadline Media Address

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I like the Erixon claim. He's been improving every year. Can't hurt to see what he can do with a few more minutes than he's played for other teams. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon

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Rangers' D just got a lot better

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon

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Okay. What have I missed today? 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon

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Silly Panthers. What are you doing? Catch those damn Bruins, please. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@TuckerForPunishment wrote below: "Is Phil Kessel a winner?". 

I don't mean to single you out, but this is a silly question. So many people refer to players as "winners", and it's nonsense. You win as a team, not an individual. No one player can win a championship alone. And there is no player that you "can't win with". 

There are players who are great leaders, have elite talent, and work their asses off that never win anything, and it's not their fault. There are also lazy, shitty players that have cup rings, without having contributed much at all. 

Phil Kessel can win. But he can't do it alone. No player can. Say what you want about the guy - he does have faults - but he's a great player. He just hasn't had a good enough team around him to win. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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@Burtonboy Ugh. It's not black and white like that. He's so stubborn. An old-school thinker that hasn't kept up with the game as it has changed over the years. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Pete Deboer on where it went wrong with David Clarkson

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I was at the gym when the trade went down. Heard a notification on my phone in my pocket, didn't look to see what it was. Then I heard a second one right away. That usually only happens when the Leafs do something so big that the Leafs' app and NHL app both give me notifications. I looked at my phone, and almost started cheering like an idiot in the middle of the gym. This was just so unexpected. 

2 months ago on Leafs trade David Clarkson for Nathan Horton

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@hometeem @DWCMLHS 4th in TOI/game on a team with a stacked defence. 

2 months ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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Remember when we traded a 2nd-pairing DMan, along with a draft pick, while retaining $200K in salary in the process, for a 3rd-pairing Dman? Fun times. 

2 months ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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LOL why didn't Malone kick away the rebound? 

2 months ago on GDT: Game #59, Toronto Maple Leafs at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., SNO)

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@Yaknowwhat At least he hopped off of the stretcher and skated to the door himself. Looked really bad for a minute, there. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Joffrey Lupul: “Who are we going to put on the ice next year?”

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Trade Lupul, so he doesn't have to be one of the 4 guys that stick around and suck next year. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Joffrey Lupul: “Who are we going to put on the ice next year?”

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Leipsic seems to be a similar caliber prospect to Connor Brown. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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So, it was essentially a late 1st round pick for Franson, Brenden Leipsic for Mike Santorelli, and a salary dump of Olli Jokinen.

I hoped/expected to receive a late 1st for Franson, and a 2nd for Santorelli. Leipsic has definitely exceeded the post-draft expectations of a 3rd round pick, and I think his value is roughly equal to that of a 2nd round pick now. Jokinen will likely be movable on deadline day. We should get at least a late round pick for him. 

Overall, I like the deal. I can't help but wonder why it was made so early, but hey, we're getting shittier, and that's good for our draft position. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Trade Mike Santorelli & Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators

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Biggs will be 22 in April, and he's still barely an AHL-caliber player. He's a long shot to ever be a full-time NHLer. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@BringBackYushki He has looked good today. 4-game point streak now. 

He still has elite potential. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@bear19 @DWCMLHS @Dogger Marner needs to add weight way more than height. But that's controllable, at least to a certain extent. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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@Dogger I have to assume you mean Dylan Strome, the draft-eligible one. 

His skating worries me a little. That's why I like Marner a bit better. Skating and hockey sense are the two most important areas of a prospect's game, when it comes to having their play translate well into the NHL, in my opinion. I still have Strome rated 5th overall, though. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Bob McKenzie on Tyler Bozak & Dion Phaneuf interest, Phil Kessel rumours

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