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2022 Top 25 Under 25: Mikhail Abramov is #20

2022 Top 25 Under 25: Mikhail Abramov is #20

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Abramov struggled in his first professional season and his T25 ranking fell accordingly The jump from junior to pro hockey is a tough one for many prospects. It really helps to sift through the bulk of players who make the transition so you learn who the true gems are. A prospect struggling in their first year as a pro doesn’t guarantee they won’t be an NHL player in the future, but it’s not a good sign that they can be a star. And when that player already had questions about their future NHL projection, it doesn’t paint a rosy...
16 hours ago
Thursdays’ FTB: A World Juniors upset means Knies is out

Thursdays’ FTB: A World Juniors upset means Knies is out

Photo by Lawrence Scott/ Matthew Knies’ World Juniors come to an abrupt end at the hands and sticks of the Czechs. The World Juniors took an unexpected turn last night with the Czech Republic defeating the USA in a dramatic upset, knocking them out of the tournament in a game that featured misconducts and ejections for some very dirty play. Brett Berard received a match penalty for this slew foot and became the fourth Rangers prospect to be ejected at this #WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/FWN9YWAglS— Elite Prospects (@eliteprospects) August 18, 2022 The end...
Aug 17, 2022
2022 Top 25 Under 25: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev is #21

2022 Top 25 Under 25: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev is #21

Photo by Claus Andersen/ The tiniest, little baby faced prospect hangs in there. Welcome back to the Top 25 Maple Leafs under 25! Today we're looking at the 21st ranked player, the final of the first five, and our subject is being ranked for the sixth time. Number 21 is 2018 draft pick Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. The Player Drafted from the OHLs Peterborough Petes in 2018, SDA, as we like to call him because that's a lot of typing every time, has jumped around various leagues. He's been a Newfoundland Growler, he played in the KHL with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, and most...
Aug 17, 2022
FTB: Gretzky's Great Gum Goof

FTB: Gretzky's Great Gum Goof

Photo by Harry How/ Just because someone's good at hockey doesn't mean you should take their advice. Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! Its Wednesday, and here I am bringing you news and somewhere to avoid responsibilities. I thought we could start off light. Yes, that's right. A weight loss gum. Sparks claims, however, that things started going downhill after Wayne made up a lie about the product Janet was paid to promote — saying he lost 35 pounds in two months from chewing the gum. Sparks believes Wayne made up the lie to help boost the company’s stock, which...
Aug 16, 2022
2022 Top 25 Under 25: Ryan Tverberg is #22

2022 Top 25 Under 25: Ryan Tverberg is #22

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via From unranked to the 22nd spot for this late-round pick. The Maple Leafs have a pretty good history turning late round picks into useful NHL depth. Leo Komarov (6th round), Carl Gunnarsson (7th round), Connor Brown (6th round), Andreas Johnsson (7th round), and Pierre Engvall (7th round) are the noteworthy picks from a previous era. But it’s been a few years since we’ve seen any of their later picks look like they could be the next one. Pontus Holmberg as a 6th round pick could be that, but after him we have Ryan Tverberg — the...
Aug 16, 2022
Tuesday FTB: World Juniors round robin completed

Tuesday FTB: World Juniors round robin completed

Photo by Andy Devlin/ Playoffs begin tomorrow. There isn’t really much to talk about, so let’s talk about the World Juniors. Last night they completed the round robin portion, and will begin the elimination games tomorrow. Canada beat Finland to clinch top spot in their group with an undefeated 4-0 record, and a 27-7 goal differential. Latvia and Czechia are the other two to advance to the elimination round. Latvia is the feel good story, upsetting Slovakia and winning their first ever game at the WJC to advance. In Group B, Team USA dominated with an undefeated...
Aug 15, 2022
2022 Top 25 Under 25: Joseph Woll is #23

2022 Top 25 Under 25: Joseph Woll is #23

Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Looking at arguably the top goalie prospect in the Maple Leafs system. Prospects can be a difficult thing to rank. They come from all kinds of different leagues, levels and teams. Each position demands different kinds of play. Performances can vary depending on ice time or health. Global pandemics wipe out entire seasons for some. It’s difficult to really project a prospect and how good they may become if all goes well (and it seldom does) compared to guys of different ages and stages in their development. And then there are goalies....
Aug 15, 2022
Monday FTB: Summer Doldrums

Monday FTB: Summer Doldrums

Cap’n Roni cheating by using two sticks. | Photo by Andy Devlin/ Some of you are on vacation, and you should definitely rub that in to everyone who isn’t. The replay of the WJC is getting attention for not getting attention. While I find it a little too pat an answer to say that attendance is down just because everyone noticed that junior hockey has a sexual assault problem, it’s likely part of the reason the stands are also empty. But it is August. That has to be part of the story. The New York Times has noticed this story: And so begins the inevitable framing...
Aug 13, 2022
2022 T25U25 — Community Vote Unranked

2022 T25U25 — Community Vote Unranked

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Meet the 19 players you didn’t love enough to name to the Top 25 Under 25. We’ve been spending all week on the official vote, covering the players who received no votes, the ones with not enough votes, and the first two names on the Top 25. Now it’s time to turn out attention the the Community Vote. If you voted in it this year, or the most recent years, you know the structure is a little different. While we can force our official voters to just pick 25 players and to rank them all with spots 1 through 25, the survey software is not...
Aug 13, 2022
FTB: Hockey news fit for a summer weekend

FTB: Hockey news fit for a summer weekend

Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ Spend this beautiful summer weekend here with us! Or go see the Jays like Marner did. Whatever. It’s a beautiful warm summer weekend, the perfect time to stay indoors and read about and watch hockey! Alternatively, if your name is Rasmus Sandin, you could sign a contract and give us some hard news to talk about. First for your reading, catch up on the discussion on our Maple Leafs Top 25 Under 25 coverage here: We will continue with #23 on Monday. For your watching, the World Junior Championships continue in Edmonton and today you can see...
Aug 12, 2022
2022 Top 25 Under 25: Dennis Hildeby is #24

2022 Top 25 Under 25: Dennis Hildeby is #24

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via The Leafs newest goaltending prospect has some never worn shoes to fill. Dennis Hildeby is our newest goalie prospect, after Toronto drafted him in the fourth round this past July. He’s a bit of a mystery guy. I don’t think anyone among Toronto’s fanbase really knew who Hildeby was when he got picked, being a 2x overage goalie who barely played above Sweden’s U20 junior league in his career. And yet, here Hildeby is making his debut in the T25U25 rankings in his first year of eligibility. That’s not common for goalie picks...
Aug 12, 2022
Friday’s FTB: The World Juniors are a bit of a disaster

Friday’s FTB: The World Juniors are a bit of a disaster

Bill Mays is reaching for that cup like I’m reaching for a topic. Who could have possibly seen this coming? Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans! Have you been watching the World Juniors? No, I haven’t either. Someone here has and they shared this tweet about who’s actually buying ad space during the prime time games on TSN. So with the hockey sponsors withdrawing from the World Juniors we now get commercials during games you normally only see when you turn on the TV coming home drunk at 2 a.m. after a Saturday night out. pic.twitter.com/zuJ63NDHO3— Pension...
Aug 11, 2022
2022 Top 25 Under 25: Brandon Lisowsky is #25

2022 Top 25 Under 25: Brandon Lisowsky is #25

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via A 2022 7th round pick is the first pick in the Top 25 Welcome to the 2022 Top 25 Under 25! I have the honour of bringing you our first entrant this year and it's a someone brand new, so we can learn about him together. But first, you can use the links below to review the players who have aged out, who went unranked, and who just missed the cut. Now, it's number 25. Brandon Lisowsky Coming to us from Port Coquitlam, BC via the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, Lisowsky is a player who takes time to adjust to his role and then jumps out to be a...
Aug 11, 2022
Thursday FTB: Welcome to the Top 25 Under 25!

Thursday FTB: Welcome to the Top 25 Under 25!

TAMPA, FL - MAY 12: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 12, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. | Photo by Mike Carlson/NHLI via And the Leafs sign a PTO Welcome to Top 25 Under 25 Szn, also known as August. Later this morning will be our very coveted #25 slot. Expect us to make your favourite prospect cry. Here are the articles we [Editor’s Note: Katya] has made so far: 2022 Top 25 Under 25 Eligibility...
Aug 10, 2022
Börje Salming announces he has ALS

Börje Salming announces he has ALS

Photo by Focus on Sport/ One of the greatest Leafs legends faces a tough battle. Börje Salming announced he has been diagnosed with ALS in a statement shared by the Maple Leafs: Today, Maple Leafs great Börje Salming shared a statement (below) on his health. The Toronto Maple Leafs and all their fans around the world are sending you their love and support, Börje.— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 10, 2022 The statement reads: I have received news that has shaken my family and me. The signs that indicated that something was wrong in my body turned...