Yesterday Fulemin and Arvind recorded an episode of Back to Excited about the returns on the Leafs’ 2018 NHL draft — Dubas’ first at the helm.
They did a great in-depth discussion on the five players from that draft class who have already played NHL games from that class: Sandin, Durzi, Hollowell, Kral, and Holmberg. None of them have become high impact players yet, but five NHL depth players coming out of a draft class of a playoff team is very solid. Check out the episode here:
And then, also yesterday, the Leafs announced that Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, another player from that draft class, will be making his NHL debut today against the Stars. Looks like Fulemin and Arvind will have to head back to the recording booth to cover him too!
SDA will make his NHL debut tomorrow night in the same building he was drafted in. Came to Canada to play hockey and learn English at age 14. The Moscow native’s composure and maturity 4 years later in Dallas blew me away. Good luck Semyon !! #leafsforever pic.twitter.com/HaUw25l3Zs— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) December 5, 2022
In other hockey news, Canada and the US have released their World Juniors training camp rosters, and no Maple Leafs prospects made it to either team, which means that we won’t be watching any Leafs prospects at the WJC this year.
The main Leafs prospects who had the potential to make the World Juniors would’ve been Ty Voit for the USA and Fraser Minten for Canada, but neither of them made it. Ty Voit will just have to continue his stellar OHL season instead.
OHL assist leaders:— Mitchell Brown (@MitchLBrown) December 5, 2022
1. Ty Voit: 39
2. Ty Voit, but only his primary assists: 27
3. Quentin Musty: 25
4. Christian Kyrou: 25
5. Logan Morrison: 24
And, finally, the Devils’ captain Nico Hischier huddled up his team after practice yesterday.
#NJDevils Nico Hischier just called a “team chat” as practice wrapped up. After the stretch, he asked all players to circle up.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) December 5, 2022
Lasted about three minutes. Ended with stick taps.
Coaches doing their own thing. pic.twitter.com/HnobazoFDn
Evidently he was laying out the rules for Secret Santa nice and early, like any good captain should. That got us on the masthead thinking... What rules is John Tavares laying out for the Leafs’ Secret Santa?
We had some ideas:
- No giving guys that hat you bought for 5 grand that makes you look like a fool
- No garbage bag coats
- My gift must fit in my backpack
- No self-help books, we’re all getting one from Kyle anyway
- If you draw Mitch’s name, see me after and I’ll make sure you get him exactly the same thing someone gets Auston
- Stealing gifts is cancelled, too many guys on IR already
- You can’t ask your family/wife for help
- No doing the “fermented herring is a delicacy in my country” gift this year. You all know who you are.
What rules did we miss?