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Carl Grundstrom scores two goals in World Juniors tune-up action

Team Sweden kicked off their summer evaluation camp WJCs scrimmages with a big 6-3 win over Team USA White on Sunday afternoon. Leafs prospect Carl Grundstrom picked up a pair of goals in the game, helping to secure the victory for the Swedes. Watch the 57th overall pick's two goals above. Grundstrom is a virtual lock to make the team, having played at last year's World Juniors. He is committed to play for Frolunda in 2016-17 after MODO was demoted from the SHL.

Friday's FTB: Gameday, Marlies at Bears

This late in May, the ice gets soft and the air gets muggy. Ahhh, playoff hockey!

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WATCH: Auston Matthews scores his first goal of the World Championships

After going scoreless, despite three shots, in the United States' 5-1 loss to Team Canada yesterday, Auston Matthews has responded with two points today. His first point came on a pass to the point to set up Chris Wideman for a primary assist. His first goal came off a pass from Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor. Matthews is playing top-six minutes for Team USA as they lead Belarus 5-2 in the second period.

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Soshnikov injured in Sabres game

Nikita Soshnikov took an awkward fall into the boards during the first period of tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres. As you can see in the above gif, Soshnikov was trying to go for a check but tripped over his intended target and instead went down backwards. Soshnikov lay on the ice for a few scary minutes while the Leafs trainer came out. He was escorted off the ice to the quiet room, but returned to the Leafs bench near three-quarter mark of the period. Earlier in the period, he tallied his first NHL assist on a goal by Leo Komarov.

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WATCH: William Nylander's first NHL goal

Brooks Laich passes to William Nylander who snipes it high glove side for his first ever NHL goal. A familiar family moment as Brooks Laich also assisted on Michael Nylander's last NHL goal. This is one of many, many, to come, though this one is extra nice as his first NHL goal AND it's versus the Senators!

WATCH: Johnson picks up two goals, 100th SHL point

The Toronto Maple Leafs seventh round pick moved into fourth in SHL scoring with the two-goal night (afternoon).

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Nazem Kadri beats the Flyers for the assist of the year

We know Nazem Kadri is good, extremely talented even. But this, this is something. Watch Kadri step around or through three Flyers players before dishing cross-crease to Peter Holland. The assist was Kadri's 18th of the season and 106th in the NHL, but it might be his nicest. What a play.

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WATCH: Josh Leivo scores for the North Division in the AHL All-Star Game

Josh Leivo, William Nylander, TJ Brennan, and Sheldon Keefe are in Syracuse, NY, for the 2016 AHL All-Star Game and it was the former who found the scoresheet for the game-winning goal. Watch Leivo walk in and fire a vintage snapshot to give the North Division the win in their first game of the night. The goal was his '14th' of the AHL season. Through 36 games with the first-place Marlies, Leivo has 34 points. Leivo also participated in the Skills Competition yesterday.

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WATCH: Marner scores second of the game against Sarnia

After picking up a first period goal, Leafs prospect Mitch Marner added to it in the second period of tonight's game against the Sarnia Sting. His 27th goal of the season gave the Knights a 5-1 lead after two periods against their rivals. The goal came moments after Marner nearly set up teammate and fellow Leafs prospect J.J. Piccinich on a cross-ice pass that was stopped by Charlie Graham. Through two periods Marner has two goals and three shots on goal, winning 5/11 of his faceoffs.

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WATCH: Piccinich finds Marner to give London 3-0 lead over Sarnia

The London Knights are visiting the Sarnia Sting tonight, and carry a 3-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to this goal from Mitch Marner. The goal, assisted by fellow Leafs prospect and linemate JJ Piccinich, sees the former fourth round pick slide a puck down low to Marner who later receives a rebound to finish his 26th goal of the season. With Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli in attendance to watch some of the 2016 NHL Draft's top prospects, Marner and Piccinich are paired on a line with projected top 10 pick Matthew Tkachuk, who also picked up an assist on the play.

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WATCH: Leafs' Martins Dzierkals scores beautiful goal in 6-2 Rouyn-Noranda loss

In the midst of a big loss to Val d'Or, Leafs prospect Martins Dzierkals finished this individual effort, dodging away from traffic to score from the high slot. The goal demonstrated some of the flash that helped Dzierkals carry Team Latvia into next year's World Juniors. In 36 games this season in the QMJHL, Dzierkals now has 43 points. His 1.19 points per game clip places him third among QMJHL rookies in scoring, behind Maxime Comtois (2017 NHL Draft) and Vitali Abramov (2016 NHL Draft).

Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson has three-point day

Two goals and an assist for Andreas Johnson today in Sweden! See his game winner.

The Leaf: Blueprint Episode 3, a tale of goaltenders

The Leafs say this episode is about opportunity; I say it's about loneliness.

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Nylander scores, Timashov named player of the game in 6-3 win over Slovakia

William Nylander picked up a goal and an assist in Sweden's 6-3 win over Slovakia in World Junior pre-competition action this morning but it was fellow Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov who stole the show. Timashov picked up three assists on route to being named Team Sweden's player of the game. Watch Nylander's goal above. You can catch Team Sweden in action against Team Canada on Wednesday at noon ET on TSN.

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WATCH: Stephen Desrocher scores first goal with Kingston Frontenacs

After scoring five goals with the Oshawa Generals to start the season, Leafs prospect Stephen Desrocher has scored his first goal with the Kingston Frontenacs. Through 19 games with his new team, Desrocher now has 10 points. Watch the goal above, as Desrocher uses his heavy shot (his best asset) to tie the game for Kingston in their eventual 4-2 win.

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Dzierkals, Team Latvia, headed to 2017 WJCs as Dermott and Marner impress for Canada

Leafs prospect Martins Dzierkals capped off a perfect run at the WJC Division I tournament with a 3-0 win over Latvia to improve to 5-0 in the tournament. With the win, Latvia secured the Division I championship and a spot in next year's World Juniors in Montreal and Toronto. Dzierkals registered a lone assist in the game with a shorthanded primary assist on the empty net. Because Dzierkals is just 18, he'll now be eligible to join Latvia at next year's World Juniors. You can watch the latest assist above. Meanwhile, in World Junior pre-tournament action, Leafs prospects Mitch Marner (1G) and Travis Dermott (1G, 2A) each impressed in a 7-1 win over Belarus.

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WATCH: Martins Dzierkals picks up beautiful assist in 4-1 win over Germany

Martins Dzierkals' Team Latvia improved to 4-0 in WJC Division I play today with a 4-1 win over then-undefeated Team Germany. With the win, Dzierkals and Latvia can seal first place in round robin action with a win over Italy tomorrow. Dzierkals is playing a key role on the team as Latvia tries to make it into next year's WJC in Toronto and Montreal. Watch his latest play above.

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WATCH: Martins Dzierkals scores in 5-3 Latvia win over Kazakhstan

Latvia is off to a strong start at the WJC's Division I tournament in Austria with back-to-back wins to start the tournament, including a 5-3 win over Kazakhstan today. Leafs prospect Martins Dzierkals, after going scoreless in the first game, registered a goal and an assist in today's victory alongside a team-high six shots. Dzierkals is on leave from the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies -- where he has registered 33 points in 26 games as a rookie -- in order to represent his country. Latvia looks to continue their strong play on Wednesday when they play 1-1 Norway.

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WATCH: Travis Dermott scores for Team Canada against CIS All-Stars

Team Canada and the CIS All-Stars are tied 2-2 at the end of the first period in the first of two back-to-back games this weekend thanks in part to a goal from Leafs prospect Travis Dermott. Dermott, playing on a pairing with Flyers prospect, slid up in the offensive zone to finish off a nice play from Julien Gauthier -- one of three draft eligible players in camp with Canada. You can read my story on Dermott, whose Erie Otters are beginning life without their star defensemen for the time being. Update: Dermott has added an assist to tie the game at the end of the second period.

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WATCH: Jeremy Bracco scores twice in four-point night

Jeremy Bracco has always had a chip on his should but after being left off Team USA's World Junior Championship selection camp roster, the all-time development program assist leader really has something to play for. In two games since receiving the news, the 18-year-old winger has five points with the Kitchener Rangers. In 17 games since joining the Rangers as an OHL rookie, Bracco now has 23 points. Watch his two latest goals above.

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WATCH: Andreas Johnson scores two more in SHL action

After a big 'two-goal' night (one being a shootout winner) in Frolunda's CHL quarters win over Lulea, Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson picked up where he left off back in the SHL yesterday. Watch his two latest goals above. The goals gave Johnson 23 points in 25 SHL games this season -- his last before coming to North America.

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Nazem Kadri's mittens are softer than Cashmere toilet paper

Garret Sparks' sprawling paddle save was alright too. Leafs win 3-2 in a shootout.

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WATCH: P.A. Parenteau scores weird bouncing goal on Cory Schneider

Cory Schneider's going to want this one back, weird bounce or not. But P.A. Parenteau will take it. His reaction: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — Stephanie (@myregularface) December 9, 2015

Andreas Johnson sends Frolunda to CHL semis

Leafs prospect Andreas Johnson came up big in Frolunda's do-or-die victory over SHL rival Lulea to advance to the Champions Hockey League semis.

WATCH: Marner's second hat trick in two nights

Leafs prospect Mitch Marner has eight points, including back-to-back hat tricks, in his last two games. Watch the latest three below.

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WATCH: Nikita Korostelev scores seventh goal of the season

Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev is off to a relatively slow start to his post-draft season. After being taken with the Leafs' final pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, Korostelev has registered 17 points in 26 games this year. Watch his seventh goal of the season above, where he uses his best skill (his shot) to score from the high slot in Sarnia's 5-2 win.

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WATCH: Travis Dermott scores second goal of the season with Erie Otters

The day after being named to Hockey Canada's selection camp roster for the 2016 World Juniors, Leafs prospect Travis Dermott scored his second goal of the season for the OHL's Erie Otters. Drafted 34th overall in 2015, Dermott went scoreless early on the season before breaking out for two goals in his last five games. The Otters defensemen is now first in OHL scoring among defenders with 25 points in 27 games.

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WATCH: Leafs prospect Jesper Lindgren scores first career SHL goal

Drafted 95th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, it took 18-year-old Leafs prospect Jesper Lindgren 22 games to register his first goal and second point in the SHL. After going scoreless in his first 17 games with MODO this, and sitting a couple of games, the J20-dominant defensemen finally broke out. You can read more about the young defensemen, ranked 58th in my final draft ranking with McKeen's Hockey last season, here.

WATCH: Marner and Bracco are showoffs

Two of the Leafs' top prospects played against each other last night, and decided they'd have a highlight reel competition.

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WATCH: Mitch Marner finds Spencer Watson to give Team OHL 2-1 lead over Russia

The Toronto Maple Leafs' top 2015 draft pick is on full display in Game 4 of the CHL Canada Russia Series tonight in Windsor. Playing centre on a line with Kings prospect Spencer Watson and Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle, Marner has registered an assist in the second period. Watch the play, which came after Marner drew the penalty that led to the powerplay, above.

WATCH: Marner and Bracco with big nights

The OHL was busy last night, and Mitch Marner and Jeremy Bracco both put together impressive evenings.

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WATCH: Dermott assists on GWG over Russia, wears cam during practice

Travis Dermott, the Leafs 2015 second round pick, has been busy in his last couple of days with Team OHL ahead of the CHL Canada Russia Series. After getting mic'd up to wear a helmet cam in practice, Dermott registered the primary assists on the first goal of the game in last night's 3-0 OHL win. Team Canada uses the series as a measuring stick for the World Juniors, and Dermott impressed in his only outing. On Monday night, fellow Leafs prospect Mitch Marner will play for Team OHL in their second and final game of the series before it heads east to Quebec.


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