They say the basics of reporting come from the five W’s:
Who is the subject?
What is happening?
Where is this happening?
When is it happening?
Why is it happening?
I’m here to answer these questions for you about this year’s Top 25 Under 25 series.
What is happening?
If you’ve been around Pension Plan Puppets: A Toronto Maple Leafs Community for a few years you’ll know that each year we take some time and rank the Top 25 Toronto Maple Leafs that are under 25 years of age.
Where is this happening?
There have already been a few stories out, exhibition games if you will, in the lead up to the big reveal.
Why is this happening?
Well, to be honest, it’s great summer content. Free agency has passed us by, most of the trades have taken place, and everyone’s off for a month of vacation before the pre-season work begins.
If we didn’t have this series the site would collapse under the weight of summer boredom and Mitchell Marner contract speculation.
Also, it can be a lot of fun to argue about prospects that will probably never see the NHL, and learn about recent draft picks and be reminded about guys you forgot. Remember Fabrice Herzog? I didn’t think so.
Who are the subjects?
There are 49 players eligible for the Top 25 this year. All players had to be under 25 as of July 1st, 2019 and their NHL rights controlled by the Maple Leafs. This does exclude any player who signed an AHL/ECHL contract as a free agent, since they are still technically NHL free agents.
The players on the list have been drafted by the Maple Leafs, acquired in a trade, or signed as free agents to NHL contracts:
2019 T25U25 Eligible Players
|Aaron Luchuk||C||April 5, 1997|
|Adam Brooks||C||May 6, 1996|
|Alexander Kerfoot||C||August 11, 1994|
|Andreas Borgman||D||June 18, 1995|
|Andreas Johnsson||W||November 21, 1994|
|Auston Matthews||C||September 17, 1997|
|Ben Harpur||D||January 12, 1995|
|Dakota Joshua||C||May 15, 1996|
|Eemeli Rasanen||D||April 6, 1999|
|Egor Korshkov||W||July 10, 1996|
|Fabrice Herzog||W||December 9, 1994|
|Filip Kral||D||October 20, 1999|
|Frederik Gauthier||C||April 26, 1995|
|Ian Scott||G||January 11, 1999|
|Ilya Mikheyev||W||October 10, 1994|
|JD Greenway||D||April 27, 1998|
|Jeremy Bracco||W||March 17, 1997|
|Jesper Lindgren||D||May 19, 1997|
|Joseph Duszak||D||July 22, 1997|
|Joseph Woll||G||July 12, 1998|
|Kalle Loponen||D||March 13, 2001|
|Kasperi Kapanen||W||July 23, 1996|
|Mac Hollowell||D||September 26, 1998|
|Martins Dzierkals||W||April 4, 1997|
|Mason Marchment||W||March 6, 1995|
|Michael Koster||D||April 13, 2001|
|Mikhail Abramov||C||March 26, 2001|
|Mikko Kokkonen||D||January 18, 2001|
|Mitch Marner||W||May 5, 1997|
|Nic Petan||C||March 22, 1995|
|Nicholas Abruzzese||C||June 4, 1999|
|Nicholas Robertson||W||September 11, 2001|
|Nikolai Chebykin||W||August 1, 1997|
|Pierre Engvall||W||May 31, 1996|
|Pontus Holmberg||W||March 9, 1999|
|Rasmus Sandin||D||March 7, 2000|
|Riley Stotts||C||January 5, 2000|
|Ryan O’Connell||D||April 25, 1999|
|Semyon Der-Arguchintsev||C||September 15, 2000|
|Semyon Kizimov||W||January 19, 2000|
|Teemu Kivihalme||D||June 14, 1995|
|Timothy Liljegren||D||April 30, 1999|
|Travis Dermott||D||December 22, 1996|
|Trevor Moore||W||March 31, 1995|
|Vladimir Bobylev||W||April 18, 1997|
|Vladislav Kara||C||April 20, 1998|
|William Nylander||W||May 1, 1996|
|Zachary Bouthillier||G||November 8, 1999|
|Dmytro Timashov||W||October 1, 1996|
Who’s doing the voting?
This year we have seventeen voters and to help keep the hive mind at bay, half of them aren’t writers here.
El Seldo: That’s me! I’ve been with PPP for a long time; I started commenting on the first T25 and now I’m the one begging people to get their votes in.
KatyaKnappe: Our glorious Managing Editor. The Shanahan with the Shanappplan. The one who reminds me of the players I left off the list.
Arvind: Arvind is one of those writers who prefers quality over quantity, only showing us his best work. He’s also one half of the Back to Excited team.
Acting the Fulemin: A walking example to not tie your blogger name to a specific player, he’s the other half of back to excited and a man of many, many, many, words. None of those words explain why I’m banned from Back to Excited, but whatever, it’s fine.
Omar: Omar bails me out of having to write a lot of words when doing recaps with his awesome GIF making.
Species1967: Another Marlies expert, he also travels to exotic locales like Brampton to give us some good ECHL coverage every once in a while. He makes sure the wheels stay greased and the FTB schedule is filled.
Brigstew: You know him, he’s the one who can’t use ‘z’ to skip comments properly.
After we got the past voters on the list, we decided to open things up and invite some others into the fold.
rahef: When it was asked who should we invite to participate in the main list, Rahef was one of first names brought up. A good, fun, twitter follow.
Then, we decided to have a crossover episode with Raptors HQ to have some of that championship luck rub off on the Leafs.
Daniel Hackett: Staff writer over at Raptors HQ. He's the one to go to for cap and stats info.
When is this happening?
As I said, next week. Overall the whole series will run from July 22nd to August 30th; ending as usual before training camp begins. Posts go up Monday to Friday with Saturdays reserved for revealing the community vote. Go outside or something on Sundays.
Finally, if you haven’t voted in the Community Vote, please do so. It’s great to have so much interaction with this series.