VIDEO: Mitch Marner’s Unbelievable Shorthanded Assist

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Mitch Marner is creating his own highlight reel with the OHL’s London Knights. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

He’s been a highlight reel for the London Knights in the OHL and he’s the catalyst for excitement to the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans. And on Thursday, the Leafs’ prospect was at it again against the OHL’s Erie Otters.

After a goal-of-the-year candidate earlier this season, you have to check out this shorthanded assists as Mitch Marner was able to hook up with co-captain Christian Dvorak on this goal.  Read more of this post

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Profiling the Maple Leafs and the NHL’s 4th Overall Pick

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The Maple Leafs decided to go with Mitch Marner with the fourth overall pick. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Leafs decided to go with Mitch Marner with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. With that, I decided to look at a history of the Leafs and picking at the fourth overall spot.

Twice in the history of the draft, the Leafs picked at that position. Twice, those picks turned into relatively impressive NHL players. Who were they? How were their careers?

For the full story, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Mitch Marner: A Two-Team Target

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Mitch Marner is a wild card to go in the top five picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

After Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, who’s next? I mean who will spark the interest of the team choosing at number three? The draft is so deep with talent that it could be one of many options.

What about Mitch Marner? Where could he land? There are two team – both of which finished in the bottom four of this year’s standings – who could have the right guys in place to develop the young forward.  Read more of this post

Without McDavid, Is Tanking a Hot Topic?

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Connor McDavid is the most coveted draft eligible player in recent years. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Tanking is – and always will be – a discussion in sports. Teams realize early that they can’t make it to the postseason and want the best possible pick in the upcoming drafts. But this year in the NHL, it was more than just an undertone to the season.

With Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel set to become the first and second picks of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, the discussion surrounding tanking has become a conversation among the top five topics in the game. So is it set to become a trend or is it simply a fad thanks to the presence of McDavid and Eichel?  Read more of this post

Nazem Kadri: Hard Worker or Reckless Player?

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Nazem Kadri has had his trouble staying in the lineup late this season. (Claus Andersen//Getty Images)

Two suspensions in less than two weeks – one by the team and one by the league – Nazem Kadri watched a lot of hockey from the press box late this season. But is it a product of hard work or has Kadri become a reckless player?

In this piece, I look at both suspension and what it will take for Kadri to be taken seriously by the franchise in what is his contract year.  Read more of this post

Week 1: Maple Leafs Down, But Not Disappointed

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The Leafs had a rough start to 2014-15, but could take some positives from Week 1. (Photo by Claus Andersen // Getty Images)

The Maple Leafs had a slow, frustrating start to the 2014-15 season – a start that had star forward Phil Kessel reminding fans and media that it’s a long season and everyone just needs to “relax.” That optimism didn’t change their first week of results, but did show that the Leafs weren’t bowing out early.  Read more of this post

David Clarkson and Other Disappointing Hometown Heroes

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David Clarkson hasn’t had the first season he expected with his hometown Maple Leafs. (Claus Andersen//Getty Images)

Growing up watching an NHL team is one thing. Having the chance to sign with that same team is a dream come true – or at least it’s supposed to be. David Clarkson had that opportunity prior to the 2013-14 season when the Toronto Maple Leafs signed the forward to a hefty contract – one that many believed was too rich.

One the only situations that could ruin that ‘dream come true’ is not performing for your childhood team. That – unfortunately for Clarkson – is also something that he’s experienced in 2013-14.

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