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From the Branches: Swede days ahead

And, you know, SOSHNIKOV.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Hi. Last night's game was so much fun.

And let's not forget Soshnikov!

Adam Proteau ‏@Proteautype 9h9 hours ago Nikita Soshnikov finished the game with a team-best six shots on goal and five hits. Pretty electric young man.

Chris JohnstonVerified account ‏@reporterchris 10h10 hours ago Nikita Soshnikov says he's felt like he belonged in the NHL since the second shift of his first game vs. TB.

Paul Hendrick ‏@HennyTweets 11h11 hours ago Toronto, Ontario Soshnikov with that lightning-quick release again. His 2nd. Can't stop what you can't see. No one saw it. #TMLtalk

Soshnikov shows a lot of emotion in his post-game interview too, and Uncle Leo doesn't help out as much this time.

This is pretty interesting. Soshnikov was second only to Uncle Leo in 5x5 possession.

Sens 3, Leafs 2: Hello Goodbye | PPP
"William Nylander tied the game at 1-1 scoring his first career goal on an absolutely beautiful snipe. Better yet, the goal spawned a cool tidbit that will forever be ingrained in random hockey trivia. Brooks Laich assisted young Nylander's first career NHL goal; Laich had previously assisted on father Michael Nylander's last career NHL goal while with the Capitals, against the Atlanta Thrashers on April 5, 2009."

Preview: Solar Bears in Brampton and on | PPP
Watch the Solar Bears at Manchester on with the code: ECHLFREE2016 !

What can we expect the Maple Leafs youngsters to produce this season? | Burtch
"When we examine a cohort of 25 forwards promoted from the AHL to the NHL mid-year in 2014-15 and 2015-16 we actually see a significant correlation between a player's shot per game rate in the AHL and their shot per 60 rate in the NHL. The shot rate should be regressed a tad, but generally speaking there is a strong relationship from one level to the next, with the AHL rate explaining around 46 per cent of what we observe in the NHL within the same season."

From Burtch/Sportsnet

The Young Maple Leafs Are Making an Impression | THW
"Zach Hyman is a versatile forward who is being given his first taste of NHL action with the Maple Leafs. The former Michigan standout was a pick of the Florida Panthers back in 2010. He didn’t play a single game for the Panthers and was later shipped to the Maple Leafs in exchange for Greg McKegg."

Dion Phaneuf gets emotional as Maple Leafs fans honor him with a video tribute | SBN
D'aww. :( Dion.

Jared Cowen freed by Maple Leafs to find ‘a new job’ | Sportsnet
"The 6-foot-5 defenceman was the ninth overall pick of the 2009 draft, but has spent most of his career dealing with a hip injury. He played 37 NHL games with the Senators this season before the trade and scored just four assists."

Quick Bite: Canucks spoil Reimer's debut | FTF
Species' recap: "He did Ok. The shorks hung him out to dry taking endless penalites, even a double minor at one point. The three goals he let in were all PP goals. Oh, actually they had two double minors in the game."