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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Canucks Sign Defenceman Matt Bartkowski

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Matt Bartkowski will fill a hole on the Canucks blue line. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

More from Free Agent Frenzy, the Canucks went out and signed young and promising defenceman Matt Bartkowski after the Boston Bruins failed to re-up the defender. The Canucks signed him to a one-year deal worth just under $2-million.

For full details on the deal, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Jori Lehtera Re-Signs With The Blues

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Jori Lehtera re-upped with the Blues after a solid offensive season. (Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

More Free Agent Frenzy from The Hockey Writers, the St. Louis Blues re-signed Jori Lehtera after he put up a solid offensive season for the team in 2014-15. The extension doesn’t kick in until 2016-17, but it secures one of their up-and-comers for a few more seasons.

For all the details of this deal, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Part 2: Which Right Wingers Make the Cut in a 6-Team NHL?

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Patrick Kane is among the best at his position. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Inspired by Leafs Lunch, six writers from The Hockey Writers sat down to discuss a six-team NHL with today’s talent. A time when the calibre of skill is so high, how do you cut the league down to just six teams? How do you cut the right-wing position down to just 24 spots?

Well, these six writers sat down and drafted just 24 right wingers in no particular order. Some might be questionable to others while others are on the bubble of making the cut.

For the full list, and a link to part one (centres) check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Part 1: Which Centres Make the Cut in a 6-Team NHL?

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Sidney Crosby remains one of – if not the best – centre in the NHL. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

A discussion inspired by TSN 1050’s Leafs Lunch, they opened up the idea of a six-team league with today’s talent. Who would make it? Who would remain on the bubble?

In this series, six writers from The Hockey Writers sit down to further this discussion and draft players based on each position. In part one, we look at the 24 centres that would make the cut from our standpoint.

For the full list, check out part one at the link below.  Read more of this post

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

Paul Maurice is the Real Coach of the Year

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Maurice should’ve been an obvious finalist for the Jack Adams Award. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

When the candidates for the Jack Adams Award – for the NHL’s top coach – were announced, there was one coach that was missing from that list. After the Winnipeg Jets made their first playoff appearance since returning to Canada, surely Paul Maurice deserves some recognition.

Injuries. Suspensions. The team faced it all down the stretch, but Maurice found a way to keep the team loose and having fun as they made their push to the NHL playoffs. So why was he left out of the top three?  Read more of this post

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