Tag Archives: Toronto

Why Phaneuf is a Norris candidate

9 Apr

Phaneuf

In a season where the Leafs’ top prospect Nazem Kadri has gone many nights carrying the team’s offence on his back with his point per game production, where James Reimer has consistently given the Leafs a chance to win every night putting up a 15-5-4 record, where Phil Kessel has rounded out his game to be a dependable two-way winger who’s willing to battle against the boards, it’s easy to forget about the Leafs one player who has been doing the majority of the dirty work to allow the others to shine. Phaneuf may not be making highlight reel passes, momentum shifting saves or redefining the type of player he is, like his peers may be, but quietly Phaneuf has become the team’s most valuable player and has earned the “C” stitched on his jersey. Here at LeafsHero we’ll look at the different elements of Phaneuf’s game that make him not only the team’s MVP but a possible Norris Trophy nominee.
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Where does O’Byrne fit?

5 Apr

O'Byrne

Approaching the deadline, the Leafs, like every team, had different weaknesses they could have looked to address. They could have brought a back-up goalie to mentor Reimer through the playoffs, a stay at home partner for Phaneuf on the blue line, and added size and face-off ability down the middle – all moves that could help the Leafs take the first of many steps from being a middle-of-a pack team to being one of the East’s better clubs.

Unfortunately for the Leafs, as the trade deadline approached prices remained high for buyers, as in two second round picks for Douglas Murray high, leaving the Leafs without many options. So, unable to address any major needs, David Nonis and company made a safe, low risk deal to help add some depth to the blue line with Ryan O’Byrne. Roughly twenty four hours and a few interviews later, what can we expect from the 28 year old bruiser? Here at Leafshero we take a closer look.

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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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The Missing Pieces to the Leafs Blueline

23 Mar

Dion Phaneuf Since the dawn of the Brian Burke era till the 2012 lock out the Maple Leafs defence has been an enigma wrapped in a mystery. They have been cursed with the “Looks good on paper” disease, but haven’t been able to show that on the ice. Fans begin to wonder, how can so many different combinations of talented defensemen continually put out such pathetic results?

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Morgan Rielly Scouting Report

23 Mar

Morgan Rielly

With Toronto’s next golden boy starting his professional career on Friday night, many fan are wondering what they can expect with Morgan Rielly, here at LeafHero we’ll look at a break down of everything you need to know about the  Rielly becoming.

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Lupul with risky response to suspension.

23 Mar

Joffrey Lupul

If someone can explain the decisions on what warrants a suspension and what doesn’t, please let me and the rest of guys know.- @JLupul

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