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The Key Points from Toronto's Preseason Game vs OTT

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Ottawa Senators. The teams played at the CAA Centre, home of the Belleville Senators. Skaters: Aston-Reese, Aube-Kubel, Der-Arguchintsev, Holmberg, Kampf, Malgin, McMann, Robertson, Shaw, Simmonds, Steeves, Holl, Hollowell, Kral, Mete, Villeneuve. Goaltenders: Samsonov Depth Pieces Shine Again The Toronto Maple Leafs once again opted to not-play their star players, in the likes of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Yet they gave the opportunity to those in the process of hoping to crack the opening night lineup. Nick Robertson got the Leafs on the board once again. The youngster ripped a shot from distance, beating Sens' goaltender Anton Forsberg. Later in the game, Robertson would pick the puck up in the slot, and rip it by the netminder. The California native, now has three goals, in three preseason games. The rookie will look for all the confidence he can get as he looks to crack the opening night l

The Key Points from Toronto's Preseason Win Against MTL

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to the game, both teams honoured the iconic 1972 Team Canada team.   Lineup : Skaters: Nick Robertson, Denis Malgin, Alex Kerfoot, Mark Giordano, Alex Steeves, Calle Jarnkrok, Victor Mete, Kyle Clifford, Bobby McMann, Curtis Douglas, Pontus Holmberg, Morgan Rielly, William Nylander, Joey Anderson, Nick Abruzzese, T.J. Brodie, Jordie Benn, Carl Dahlstrom Goaltenders: Matt Murray, Erik Kallgren Murray Looks Sharp in Preseason Debut The one concern heading into the upcoming NHL season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, would be how would their newly acquired goaltenders fair? So far both Ilya Samsonov and Matt Murray have looked sharp during each of their first preseason games. Matt Murray got the start for the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. The Thunder Bay native turned away all 16 shots that were sent his way, before turning over the crease to Erik Kallgren.

NHL Rumors: Järnkrok Expectations, Broberg Time, Edvinsson to AHL? + Carter Hart Update

Yes, we are finally approaching the start of the 2022-23 season, a time when all 32 teams have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes prior to the NHL season: Järnkrok's Season Expectations Calle Järnkrok was a pleasant surprise to many Leafs fans this weekend, playing in his first preseason game of the year. Järnkrok recorded two goals, on three shots, while playing just over 17 minutes during a 4-2 defeat to the Ottawa Senators. In that game, Järnkrok was seen paired playing with Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting. Will Calle see first-line minutes this season? Of course, preseason is a trial run and players can always breakout, but does Järnkrok bring first-line abilities to the table? A more suitable role for the 31-year-old Swedish forward would probably be to slot in on either the second or third line. Even though the Swedes played well, we must remember that hockey is a marathon, not a sprint.Järnkrok's best offensive statistics of

The Key Points from Toronto's Preseason Win Against Ottawa

Finally, hockey season has arrived. The Toronto Maple Leafs faced off against the Ottawa Senators earlier this afternoon for game one of a two-game set today. The Leafs controlled most of the play, ultimately defeating the Senators, 3-1.   Lineup : Forwards: Joey Anderson, Zach Aston-Reese, Joseph Blandisi, Adam Gaudette, Pontus Holmberg, David Kampf, Denis Malgin, Mitch Marner, Fraser Minten, William Nylander, Wayne Simmonds, Alex Steeves, John Tavares Defensemen: Carl Dahlstrom, Mark Giordano, Matthew Hellickson, Justin Holl, Mac Hollowell, Filip Kral, Marshall Rifai Goaltenders: Erik Kallgren, Dylan Ferguson Second Period Scoring Spree The Ottawa Senators entered the second period with a one-goal advantage. But that lead would quickly evaporate as Justin Holl got the Leafs on the board. Wayne Simmonds and Mark Giordano assisted Holl.   Just less than two minutes later, William Nylander found a driving Denis Malgin to give Toronto the lead. And finally, 18 seconds later, Alex Steev

Underrated Prospects within the National Hockey League - (MTL, OTT, TOR)

What is the definition of underrated? In terms of hockey, a player that is not highly regarded in the press, but should be valued as a top prospect. Today we will cover the most underrated prospects from the Atlantic Division, please note that we have not included any first-round draft picks on this list. Montreal Canadiens - Miguel Tourigny Tourigny is your description of an undersized, skillful defenseman that has put up excellent numbers at the junior level. Tourigny was a seventh round pick by the Montreal Canadiens during the 2022 NHL Entry Draft (drafted as an overager). The Quebec d-man is known for his dynamic ability to record points. Last year, playing in the QMJHL, Tourigny put up 80 points in 65 games. Tourigny is a player that has an electrifying amount of skill. He uses his speed to rush with the puck often and he likes to make plays for teammates. He is extremely mobile, and, standing at 5-foot-8-inches, he gets around the ice surface very well. The D-man lacks a cons

NHL Rumors: Edmundson to play big role for Habs, Don't Count the Red Wings out, Alex Steeves, Justus Annunen

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Steeves Looks to make Leafs Roster Steeves, a 22-year-old undrafted player, hopes to build on his successful season last year and make a run for an NHL roster spot.Steeves returned to Toronto after a quick trip to Minnesota to see his family this summer in order to meet with the development team and work for the upcoming season.   Steeves was signed out of the University of Notre Dame by the Maple Leafs after spending three seasons in the NCAA. The New Hampshire native found immediate success playing in the AHL, recording 46 points in 58 games.   He’s a great skater, has incredible speed, and a lethal shot. Steeves played a brief stint with the Maple Leafs last season. In three games, the centerman recorded his first career assist.   The Leafs will once again look to younger, less expensi

NHL Rumors: Jack Campbell, Kaiden Guhle, Nick Robertson, Felix Sandstrom

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Campbell "The Missing Piece" from the Oilers Lineup The Edmonton Oilers went all out this offseason, acquiring all-star goaltender Jack Campbell from free agency. The 30-year-old Campbell and the team announced a five-year, $5,000,000 AAV contract this offseason.   Edmonton was a strong offensive team throughout the 2021-22 season, but lacked goaltending that could steal or keep them close in a game. The team rolled with Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen last season.   The Oilers hope that Campbell's past season wasn't a fluke in Toronto. The superstar goaltender had a .914 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against-average.   The Oilers are a team that has been destined for a deep playoff run, with the likes of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Darnell Nurse, to name a few

NHL Rumors: Bruins Prospect Tournament Roster, Matty Beniers, Rasmus Sandin, Simon Edvinsson

Yes, at last we are nearing the start of the 2022-23 season, a time in when all 32 teams have a shot at winning Stanley Cup. Here are some of the top headlines and notes, prior to the NHL season: Bruins Announce Prospect Tournament Roster The Boston Bruins have announced their roster for the upcoming Buffalo Sabres Prospect Tournament at the LECOM Harborcenter. The tournament is set to run for five days. The Bruins prospects will play against the Habs, Devils, Penguins, Senators, and Sabres prospects over the course of the tournament. Highlighting the offensive group is former first-round pick John Beecher. The former U-of-Michigan star signed to become a pro at the end of the prior NCAA season. Beecher is a player that will likely start the season in the AHL. The lengthy forward plays a physical, power forward-like game. 2021 first-round pick Fabian Lysell will also join the Bruins group at the LECOM Harborcenter. Lysell finished last season playing for the Vancouver Giants of the W

Players Likely to Breakout this Season - Dach, Merkley, Samsonov, Swayman, Zadina

The NHL season is just around the corner, with training camp starting up in a few weeks and preseason games scheduled for mid-September. Here are five NHL players that are likely to break out during the upcoming season: #5 Kirby Dach - Montreal Canadiens Dach was playing in a horrible situation with the Chicago Blackhawks. The team was basically tanking in the hopes of a high draft pick. With the Canadiens, it is likely that Dach will have a role on the top offensive lines of a stacked Habs offense.   For the Blackhawks last season, Dach played in 70 games, recording just nine goals and 17 assists for a total of 26 points. The former third-overall pick during the 2019 NHL Entry Draft struggled to produce offense throughout the season.   Dach is a player that plays with solid size, standing at 6-foot-4-inches. He plays a well-rounded game and uses his speed to beat defenders. He is a playmaker who protects the puck well.   Dach was acquired through a trade from Chicago to Montreal

Speculating: Murray or Samsonov, who gets the First Start?

It is pretty clear that the biggest question mark within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is goaltending. Kyle Dubas and the Leafs' staff made a bold move this offseason, moving on from all-star goaltender Jack Campbell. And bringing in two netminders with shaky pasts, Murray and Samsonov. At first glance, the two netminders appear to have similar skill sets. Both goalies are capable or were once capable of stealing a game or two for their past respectable teams.  Of course, it is likely that the game one starting job will be decided during training camp, but it is still worth pointing out some key differences between the two goalies.   Personally, Ilya Samsonov should be the goaltender, starting game one of the regular season for the Maple Leafs (based on prior info). Samsonov is a player that just turned 25 years old this year and has yet to make 100 NHL appearances.   During the 2019-20 season, the former first-round pick played in 26 games while posting a .913 save per

Michael Bunting Looks to Repeat Success in Contract Year

Michael Bunting, a 25-year-old with only 26 prior regular season games of NHL experience, agreed to a two-year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs, last season. Bunting's play has led him to be regarded as the next "Zach Hyman" in Toronto. The Toronto native fit right in, playing for his hometown team. Bunting played the majority of the season on the first line, alongside Leafs superstar Auston Matthews. Where the two instantly connected and have been playing together ever since. The Torontonian brought physicality along with a strong defensive and offensive game to the Leafs lineup. Bunting is a player that loves the physical side of the game while still managing to rack up points. Bunting managed to throw out 85 hits last season.   The 25-year-old was able to tally up 23 goals and 40 assists in 79 games last season. He was also second on the team in penalties with 80 minutes.   After the success last year, Bunting will be a valuabl

Pierre Engvall will Hope to Repeat 2021-22 Season Performence

Pierre Engvall isn't the most commonly named player on the Toronto Maple Leafs. But we do have to give credit when credit is due. And Engvall's play last season definitely deserves recommissioning. The lengthy, Swedish forward put up the best offensive numbers of his career last season. The winger scored 15 goals and 20 points for a total of 35 points. It is worthy to note that Engvall is a player that does not receive much power play time, making his totals even more impressive. Engvall is a player that can bring energy to the bench, after throwing a big hit. The Leafs need players like Engvall to play solid games in the bottom six. The Leafs, like many other teams, are working to stay under the cap while bringing in the best players possible. Engvall will have a cap hit of $2,250,000 during the 2022-23 season and become a UFA by the end of the season.   Engvall plays regularity on the Leafs penalty kill unit. He has a big body standing at 6-foot 5-inches and weighing in at

Either Matt Murray or Ilya Samsonov is Poised to have a Big Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a bold move this offseason. The team let go of all-star goaltender Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek (at the trade deadline) and picked up two high-risk, high-reward goaltenders. Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov are two similar goaltenders. Both goalies have had strong seasons before, but have had poor seasons leading up to this offseason.   Let's start with Matt Murray. Murray broke into the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he stole the show from Marc-Andre Fleury. Before being shipped out to Ottawa, Murray was able to win two Stanley Cups with the Pens.   Boy, oh boy, Murray's time in Ottawa was an absolute disaster! The Thunder Bay native only played in 47 games with his new team. Last season, Murray split time with the Sens, the AHL and on the injured list. Yes, Murray started the season off so poorly, the Sens optioned him off to the AHL, placing him on waivers. Although, Murray finished the season on a high note, with a .906 save percentag

The Underrated Drafting by the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been serious Stanley Cup contenders for the last few years. Being contenders comes with the price of not having high-end draft picks. However, the Leafs have done a good job of drafting prospects in the latter rounds of the draft. Roni Hirvonen:   Hirvonen is a player that was selected 59th overall by the Maple Leafs during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Hirvonen is regarded as a high-end prospect that has excelled at every junior level he has played at.   Most recently, the forward represented Team Finland at the 2022 IIHF WJC, where he was named captain. The Leafs prospect played on the Finnish top line and recorded seven points in seven games. Hirvonen is currently playing for HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Liiga, although he is under contract with the Maple Leafs. Last season with the Finnish squad, Hirvonen put up a solid 26 points in 46 games.   The 59th overall pick is regarded as a high-end playmaker. He finds the seams to set up his teammates. He i

Toronto's Top Defensive Prospect: Topi Niemela

Topi Niemela. What comes to mind when you hear his name? Niemela, is a star player playing for Karpat of the SM-Liiga in Finland. The Maple Leafs acquired Niemela during the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected 64th overall. Niemela is a two-way defenceman that has played in the top leagues throughout the Finnish junior and pro system. Niemela's name really broke out at the 2020-21 IIHF World Junior Classic. The Finnish defender was second on his team in points with eight and was a named Defenceman of the Tournament. He and Team Finland ended up taking home a bronze medal. This past season, Niemela, spent the entire season with Karpat playing at the professional level. Niemela was the top d-man on his team, as just a 20-year-old. Remember the Liiga is a top professional league, he is playing against competition much older and mature then his age.  Niemela played in 48 games, scoring ten goals and assisting 22 plays. He was also invited back to the WJC and wore the "A", f

A Peek into the Secrets of Nick Moldenhauer Forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Nick Moldenhauer had the scariest draft year of any NHL prospect eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. However, the young forward overcame an unfortunate, scary circumstances and was ultimately drafted in the third round by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Moldenhauer was a 2004 hockey prospect hailing from the hockey hub of Mississauga, Ontario. The right-handed forward played his minor-hockey for the Toronto Titans organization of the GTHL. In his final season of minor hockey, Moldenhauer led his team in points and goals. He played in 63 games, scoring 45 goals and 77 assists. The Mississauga native was eventually drafted 20th overall by the Ottawa 67's during the 2020 OHL Entry Draft. Moldenhauer would not sign with the 67's and instead sign to play for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. Moldenhauer would play six USHL games during the 2020–21 season, scoring two assists. He would also suit up for three USHL playoff games, unfortunately without recording any points.  Moldenhauer would