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Who Is Nikita Zaitsev

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-03

The Toronto Maple Leafs recently announced that they signed Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to an ELC valid through the 2016-17 season. His NHL signing was heavily rumored in recent months, while NHL teams have been interested in Zaitsev since his draft year, where he was surprisingly overlooked, probably due to lack of exposure. Earlier it was looking like that the Flyers were interested in signing him. CSKA Moscow’s GM, the former Detroit Red Wings legend Sergei Fedorov, recently told the Russian media that they knew about Zaitsev’s move at the start of the season. Embed from Getty Images Nikita Zaitsev was born in Moscow, Russia, on October 29th, 1991, where his fath

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock encouraged by ‘good week’

Source: The Toronto Star
Date: 2016-05-03

From the Leafs winning the draft lottery to prospect Mitch Marner getting the OHL MVP award, the Leafs are in “a way better situation than we were a year ago.”

Leafs prospect Mitch Marner named OHL most outstanding player

Source: Toronto Sun
Date: 2016-05-03

Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner was named the OHL's most outstanding player on Tuesday.

Auston Matthews in Toronto Vital to NHL’s Success

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2016-05-03

Whether or not you are a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you have to admit that the franchise is a very important cog in the wheel that moves the National Hockey League. According to Forbes, since 2006 Toronto has been the most valuable franchise in the NHL, with the only exception being in 2014-15. That says a lot for a team that has made the playoffs only once since 2006. The Maple Leafs are in a dramatic rebuild, and need a potential star to be the face of the franchise that could lead them to future glory. Luckily, they won the right to draft budding star Auston Matthews 1st overall in the upcoming NHL entry draft. This is not only important for Toronto, but all of the hockey world, even

Leafs prospect Marner wins OHL player of the year award

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-03

The Ontario Hockey League announced Tuesday that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner of the London Knights is the 2015-16 recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy, awarded to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year. Congrats @MapleLeafs prospect @Marner93 voted 2016 #OHL Most Outstanding Player of the Year! https://t.co/8nQS7MeWJh pic.twitter.com/K43HkLuqOn — OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) May 3, 2016 Marner, drafted fourth overall by the Maple Leafs in the 2015 NHL entry draft, finished third in OHL scoring with 116 points in 57 games—eclipsing the century mark for the second straight season. He ended the regular season with 39 goals and 77 assists. “It’s a big awar

Auston Matthews in Toronto Vital to NHL’s Success

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-03

Whether or not you are a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you have to admit that the franchise is a very important cog in the wheel that moves the National Hockey League. According to Forbes, since 2006 Toronto has been the most valuable franchise in the NHL, with the only exception being in 2014-15. That says a lot for a team that has made the playoffs only once since 2006. The Maple Leafs are in a dramatic rebuild, and need a potential star to be the face of the franchise that could lead them to future glory. Luckily, they won the right to draft budding star Auston Matthews 1st overall in the upcoming NHL entry draft. This is not only important for Toronto, but all of the hockey world, even

Marner Named OHL's Most Outstanding Player

Source: Toronot Maple Leafs
Date: 2016-05-03

Like all NHL organizations, the Maple Leafs hope their young prospects thrive as they work on their craft at the amateur and minor professional levels. So you can imagine why Toronto management is thrilled by the performance of London Knights forw...

Marc Crawford on Auston Matthews in Toronto: “He’s going to be an impact player right away”

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2016-05-03

Auston Matthews’ former head coach in Zurich, Marc Crawford, joined Game Day with Matt Cauz and Gareth Wheeler to discuss Matthews’ future with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Transcript below. On how often he’s asked to speak about Matthews: It’s been fun speaking about Auston. He is a great kid. He is one of my favourite subjects The post Marc Crawford on Auston Matthews in Toronto: “He’s going to be an impact player right away” appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

Five ways the Maple Leafs' lottery win could go bad (but probably won't)

Source: Down Goes Brown
Date: 2016-05-03

That No. 1 card will be the highlight, the go-to clip that they show for years when they talk about the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery. The moment when Bill Daly flipped over that final card to reveal a Maple Leafs logo and award the top pick to Toronto will be the lasting image of Saturday night’s festivities.But for diehard Maple Leafs fans – a group that it’s fair to say I know a thing or two about – the biggest moment of the night had already come a few minutes earlier. It was the No. 4 card, the one that would reveal the final team to fall out of the top three. The fourth pick represented the worst-case scenario for Leafs fans, and so it went without saying that it was what we w

Blues’ Colton Parayko: From unranked to big-time NHL role

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-03

NHL defencemen don’t typically travel the path of St. Louis Blues rookie Colton Parayko. They aren’t usually unranked draft prospects who leap from the NCAA into big-time roles in the NHL as Parayko has for the Blues. Just over a year ago, the St. Albert, Alta., native was suiting up for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks. Parayko, who turns 23 next week, is now playing more than 20 minutes a night in the NHL playoffs. “I don’t think there was ever a doubt when he came to our program and we (saw) how hard he worked and how much he paid attention to the details, that we didn’t think he wasn’t going to play in the NHL,” said Dallas Ferguson, th

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