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What is Franson Really Worth?

13 Sep

Cody Franson

With Nazem Kadri signed to a 2 year “bridge deal”, focus now shifts on locking up the 26 year old blue-liner Cody Franson to a deal for the 2013/2014 season. With at least seven NHL ready defensemen set to go for Leafs‘ training camp, the cards are almost entirely in Dave Nonis‘ hand, and it’s likely only a matter of time before Franson is forced to submit to Nonis’ apparent offer of 2 years at roughly 2 million. But the question is: just how much is Franson really worth? Here at LeafHero we look to break down Franson’s last break out season and see just how good Franson has proven himself to be both defensively and offensively, along with the role that he’s carved out for himself on the Leafs’ blue-line.

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Argument for Colborne as a top six centre

1 Apr

Joe Colborne

Just over two years have passed since Joe Colborne joined the Leafs AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies, and over that time Toronto fans have seen many highs and lows for the large centre. In a city where players are quick to be labelled as busts Colborne, 23 years old since January, is begun to be forgotten in the minds of the common Leaf fan. Here at LeafsHero we look to shine a light on what Colborne can become, and who he already has become. By taking a look at Joe Colborne’s career scoring pace and seeing how injuries have influenced his career we think we can make a case that Colborne is ready to be a top six Centre in the NHL.

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Kadri, a Killer? Not yet.

27 Mar

Kadri Killer

Leave it the Toronto Media to jump the gun. You don’t need to look back very far to find examples of the Toronto Sun and it’s peer papers being hasty to throw heavy praise or heavy criticism to young Leaf players. It wasn’t long ago that Luke Schenn was our future franchise defender and captain, not long before that Kadri was a bust  because he couldn’t crack 100 points in the OHL , and for the older fans we remember how the  Leafs looked set for centre depth for the next decade with Wellwood/Antropov/Stajan/Steen down the middle. Funny how quickly things can change.

So fan hesitancy to jump on the early season Kadri wagon is understandable, and when the Sun’s printed the “New Killer” article early in what would be Kadri’s first season starting with the big club many of us though “Here we go again.” I too was one of them, don’t get me wrong, being a Leaf fan since birth, and a Middle Eastern man myself the idea of a young Lebanese reincarnation of Doug Gilmour leading the Leafs back into the play-off’s to end the drought sounded good, too good, and out of a fear of disappointment I shut myself out to the possibility that Kadri could maintain his scoring pace, his ferocious on ice intensity and be the next heart of the team. But, he has somehow managed to not only sustain his play, but continue to improve it.

In honour of Kadri’s recent play here at LeafsHero we look to break down Kadri’s game and draw the parallels he’s shown to the former Leaf’s great.

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