Brian S

Brian S

Total 110 Posts
  • Ontario
I like watching and writing about prospects. You can find my older posts from SB Nation here: https://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/author/brian-stewart/

Maple Leafs Sign Nicolas Mattinen... yes, THAT Nicolas Mattinen

The Toronto Maple Leafs brought back one of the OG Large Adult Sons from the before times: Nicolas Mattinen. They also signed undrafted free agent Chas Sharpe to an AHL contract.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: More Playoff Updates

Checking in on Toronto's prospects in the playoffs, including those who have advanced to the next round and the one that was eliminated.

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Jacob Quillan

Looking at Toronto's latest prospect that was signed as an NCAA free agent out of Quinnipiac. Hope Brad also included a signing bonus so he can buy an apology gift to Matt Knies!

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Playoff Updates

We're a week into the start of the CHL playoffs and NCAA tournament, with the bulk of games happening over the Easter weekend.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Playoffs Primer (and Update)

Get a quick update on 15 of Toronto's prospects who finished their regular seasons this weekend or whose playoffs have already started.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Nikita Grebyonkin's Playoff Debut

Nikita Grebyonkin made his KHL playoff debut for Metallurg, who beat the 8th seed in a 4-2 series win. Grebyonkin led his team's forwards in ice time and had 4 points in 6 games.

Recap: Maple Leafs defeat the Rangers in a shootout

The Toronto Maple Leafs eke out a narrow 4-3 win in the shootout. Big game from the Tavares line and Samsonov.

Maple Leafs acquire Ilya Lyubushkin from Anaheim

The Toronto Maple Leafs have swung a trade with Anaheim, with Carolina filling the third party role for double retention. They bring back Ilya Lybushkin as a right shot defenseman.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Nikita Grebyonkin Season Summary

As of Monday, the KHL's regular season is over. That means Nikita Grebyonkin has finished his first full KHL season, and we have a pretty large sample of his games and stats to talk about.

Recap: Maple Leafs hang on against the Blues 4-2

The Toronto Maple Leafs faced the St Louis Blues in the early afternoon this Family Day, and hung on despite a late push by the Blues to win 4-2.

2024 NHL Draft: Later Round Watch List

Looking at some prospects who seem more likely to wind up being mid or late round picks that could be interesting options for the Maple Leafs.

Maple Leafs Prospect Pyramid: Mid-Season

It's the mid-season break, so what the hell are we gonna talk about? How about a mid-season Prospect Pyramid where I put Toronto's best kids into tiers based on their performance and projection.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Fraser Minten

Checking in on Fraser Minten's season and development as one of Toronto's top prospects.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Easton Cowan

Easton Cowan is an extremely awesome player. I've had a lot of fun watching him explode in the OHL, and by the amount of engagement I've been getting when tweeting highlights of his I can tell the rest of Toronto's fandom has as well.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Noah Chadwick

Checking in on the progress of defense prospect Noah Chadwick and how he's been developing.

2024 NHL Draft: Bob McKenzie Rankings and My Watch List

Looking at Bob McKenzie's mid-season ranking update that just dropped, and talking about my favourite prospects who look like they could be available to Toronto.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Nikita Grebyonkin

Checking in on Toronto's Russian all-star prospect, Nikita Grebyonkin, and how he's been developing and improving in the KHL.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: The Others

Writing shorter updates on four of Toronto's other prospects: Joe Miller, Mike Koster, Veeti Miettinen and Braeden Kressler.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Nick Moldenhauer

Checking in on Nick Moldenhauer in his freshman NCAA season with the Michigan Wolverines.

2024 NHL Draft Watch List: World Junior A Challenge

Looking at some of the top performing prospects at the recent World Junior A Challenge from Canada, Sweden and the USA.

2024 NHL Draft Watch List: World Juniors

If you want to get more out of this year's World Juniors than just watching Minten and Cowan on Canada, keep an eye out for these seven prospects who will be eligible for this year's NHL draft!

Sunday Chat: Twas the FTB before Christmas

'Twas the FTB before Christmas, when all through the blog not a creature was writing, not even for eggnog. The hyperlinks were set in the post with such care, despite knowing all the readers were gone and elsewhere.

2024 NHL Draft Watch List: Top Re-Entries

In Torono's recent era of drafting – basically, since Shanahan took over – Toronto has been known to take re-entry prospects. Here are some of the top options that have emerged this year.

2024 NHL Draft Watch List: NCAA

After having written similar pieces for some noteworthy prospects from the CHL leagues, Europe, and the USHL that I have added to my watch list this season, I was left in an awkward spot to deal with one further league: the NCAA.

Monday FTB: Farm Report

Looking at how some of Toronto's prospects performed over the weekend.
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