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Leipsic impresses, Matthews stays grounded, and the Flyers are in town

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Happy Friday, PPP! Today is Veterans/Remembrance Day, depending on which side of the border you're on; either way, I hope you're able to observe the day in a way that's meaningful to you. If you're interested in watching a livestream of the ceremony in Ottawa, there will probably be one on the CBC website.

On the brighter side of things--hockey! The Maple Leafs play the Flyers tonight at 7pm, and I for one am eagerly anticipating the Marner vs. Konecny tiny teenager death match we all truly deserve. A preview will be up at 10am, written by some rando girl from Philly who hangs around this place, I dunno.

On to the links!

Leafs News

Humiliation at home wasn't the worst thing for Leafs | The Hockey News
"But as Babcock bag skated his Leaf troops Wednesday through pitch black after a power failure at the MasterCard Centre, it was a sobering reminder: the pain wasn't going to subside after one season."

Auston Matthews keeping a level head through goal drought -
It's only a matter of time before Auston Matthews breaks his goalless streak. In the meantime, the rookie's ability to see the big picture is particularly impressive given his age and the spotlight he’s operating under.

Maple Leafs prospect profile: Brendan Leipsic’s big October -
The Maple Leafs acquired Brendan Leipsic in 2015 as part of the Cody Franson trade and now he doesn't look too far off from the NHL. Known as a slow starter, this season, he had a huge October. (Warning for autoplay video)

Toronto Maple Leafs rookies Mitch Marner and William Nylander making names for themselves - ESPN
ESPN remembers that the Maple Leafs have some stellar, non-American rookies.

Mike Babcock on Morgan Rielly's role, the plan for Frank Corrado & more | Maple Leafs Hotstove
On Corrado: "That’s the problem with life. The truth today isn’t the truth tomorrow. If you’re working in your job and someone else comes in and is a little smoother at it, guess what happens to you? It’s the same thing here."

Flyers-Maple Leafs will put star rookies on display - Philadelphia Inquirer
Six of the NHL's top rookie scorers will be playing Friday night when the Flyers (6-6-2) visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (5-5-3).

Lucky thirteen: A numerical picture of the Leafs first few games - Pension Plan Puppets
Katya takes a look at the Leafs' first thirteen games, and what we can learn from them.

Around The League

Appreciating ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr - Fear The Fin
Jaromir Jagr is a rarity in the NHL’s past and present.

Wanna watch Matthews vs. McDavid? NBCSN adds Leafs-Oilers on Nov. 29 to schedule – ProHockeyTalk
NBCSN showing a game between two Canadian teams?! Well, I never!

Inside the NHL’s history-making Eric Lindros trade - The Globe and Mail
In 1992, arbitrator Larry Bertuzzi took professional hockey from vague handshake deals to formal transaction protocols