It’s already Thursday!
September is a great month, as the rookie tournament is set to get underway this month, and Toronto’s preseason starts in less than two weeks. In addition, plenty of future hall of famers from the Leafs roster have a September birthday, including John Tavares, Patrick Marleau, Auston Matthews, and Eamon McAdam.
There should really be a Mount Rushmore type of sculpture outside of Scotiabank Arena. Here are today’s links:
In Case You Missed It
2018 Top 25 Under 25: All Our Votes- Acting the Fulemin
You can see how each of our writers voted here. Transparency is the most important part of any ranking.
Tyler Ennis is not who you think he is- Katya Knappe
Katya tells us everything we need to know about Tyler Ennis, including his address, postal code, favourite colour, and social insurance number.
Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Meeri Räisänen, the star without a net- Baseball Annie and nafio
She backstopped Finland to a World Championship bronze in 2015 but has yet to find a place to play for 2018-19. There’s an absolute ton of information in this article.
2018 Top 25 Under 25: By the Numbers- Katya Knappe
All the charts that you could ask for in this deep-dive into our Top 25 Under 25 results.
John Tavares, Toronto’s New Lines, and the Impact of the Matchup Game- Kevin Papetti
I took a look at the matchup problem that Toronto’s new lines will provide. The team should benefit from removing Leo Komarov, Matt Martin, and Roman Polak from the roster, as there are numerous young players who impressed on the Marlies last season.
From The Branches
AHL Launches New AHLTV Streaming Platform- TheAHL.com
Watching Timothy Liljegren and the Toronto Marlies will finally be more affordable this year. You can watch every Marlies game for $60 USD, or every game in the whole league for $80 USD. Home games are typically on Leafs TV, so you could also elect to buy the away game package for $40 USD.
I am excited to watch Liljegren take on a bigger role this year, and I expect Jeremy Bracco to take a major step forward. Carl Grundstrom, Adam Brooks, and Trevor Moore are my other favourite players to watch. This was incredibly expensive last season, so thank goodness the league sorted this out.
With optimism at all-time high, first-year GM Dubas shares expectations for Leafs- Bob McKenzie, TSN.ca
Kyle Dubas sat down with Bob McKenzie, and this is a much watch interview for most Leafs fans. Check it out if you haven’t already.
David Krejci was bothered by Bruins’ pursuit of John Tavares- Mike Johnston, Sportsnet
Luckily for Krejci, the Bruins *checks notes* did not sign John Tavares. In fact, I have heard from multiple sources that the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Tavares. If Krecji doesn’t want his team to interview with Tavares, he should sign with the Montreal Canadiens the next time that he’s a free agent.
Enjoy your day.