Welcome back to the Master Card Centre of Excellence!
I was pleased to be back watching anything affiliated with the Maple Leafs. I was crushed after Game 7, but it all felt okay being back at the rink on this extremely hot summer day in Toronto.
First person I ran into was Henny. Such a nice guy, he immediately came over and asked how things are going before breaking into a nice Leafs discussion. Apparently Leafs TV has compiled some great Prospect information and video that will be out soon, so keep your eyes open for it. I need to do my research on media personalities, there is a really nice guy who always helps me out with information but I don’t know his name. Thanks for the wi-fi password
Onto the “game.” Blue vs White moving left to right on the radio dial (always wanted to say that and I was inspired by Joe Bowen being at scrimmage today). Fairly methodical two periods of play with the guys obviously not wanting to be the one who “screwed up” and cost his team the game.
First goal (and only goal) was scored by Fabrice Herzog. He played on a line with Joshua Leivo, who was clearly the best Forward on the ice today. Team Blue took the final lead of the game at 1-0.
The second period had a bit more intensity as the hits were noticeably harder and with more power to them. Each time David Broll steps on the ice, people are aware and he makes noise. Broll caught Granberg attempting to clear the puck and knocked him on his posterior during the second period of play. Having said that, not only can he hit but he made a solid saucer pass to an area of the ice where his line mate skated directly to it for an excellent scoring opportunity. Rielly and Grannberg made an excellent pairing on the blue Line for their team and I could see them one day in the future wearing the Blue and White side by side.
Sorry there isn’t really much more detail to include in this synopsis other than the standouts for todays scrimmage. They were (in order) Leivo, Granberg, Rielly, Broll. Honorable mentions go to Stuart Percy, Victor Loov, Dominic Toninato and finally Frederick Gauthier.
I was slightly disappointed in my personal favourite Tyler Biggs. He didn’t do anything wrong, but I just expected him to make more of an impact (no pun intended). Eric Knodel looked alright but seemed a bit slow to make his turns and Leivo exploited him by going wide on a few occasions.
Last thought for today’s prospect scrimmage…..these kids are BIG. I cannot believe the size of some of these beasts the Leafs have drafted.
That’s it for today…..see you all back at the rink at 10am tomorrow morning.
Phook wrote an article?! This is instantly my favorite article and I havent even read it yet.... and no, im not being sarcastic!! lol Way to go Phook!!!
On the cap situation, I am not a Burke basher, but he was one of the proponents of the new cap world and should have foreseen the problems. Giving Grabo $5,5M didn't help, but the one that really pisses me off is buying Armstrong out of the last year of his contract instead of demoting him to the Marlies. That extra $1M of cap space would come in very handy right now.
Burke and Nonis combined deserve a grade of C so far for their cap management over the last 3 years.
It seems quite possible that Rielly will play with the Leafs this year . Lots a chatter in the MSM about him not benefitting playing against 16 & 17 year olds
Kessel>>>quietly puts all of his critics to rest>>>and then not so quietly makes an exclamation point...
Kessel is 47th in Leafs all time scoring lead. Could likely jump into top 30 at end of this upcoming season.
Yay found a granberg article.
@Knights2Leafs If it all falls into place which I expect it will, will you still say the same thing? 90% of the teams in the league are faced with the same or worse issues. Loiselle has this stuff figured out a lot better then any of us could ever hope to
One thing that might hold him back is his cap hit.
So many of our options depend on being able to move Liles which IMO is going to be very difficult.
Waive him to Marlies (if that's allowed) and pick up 900K or so of salary room.
Buy him out but I don't like the cap implications 2 or 3 years down the road.
Trade him a take back some of his salary.
Leave him on the roster and trade one of Kulemin, Gunnar or Franson.
I'm very unimpressed with how our cap situation looks. Unless Nonis has something up his sleeve, we have big issues.
@canuckintheuk One key difference here being that Rask took his team to the Finals and was one of the best goaltenders in the league this past season, with consistently elite numbers since he entered the league... but yeah, I suppose Bernier is cheaper, haha.
Sorry I just don't get the comparison. The Leafs will hope to one day have a goalie emerge of Rask's quality, and similarly we'll have to pay the guy the big bucks.
@skiingallday It's a harder jobs to climb in any scoring standings in this era than it was years ago when you had tons of guys cracking between 100-200 points in a season and multiple 50 goal scorers. . . Gilmour had 127 points in 1992 and finished 8th in scoring with Mario on top with 160. In this era Phil finished in 6th place just over a year ago with 82 points with Malkin on top with 109.
In 1985 16 guys had 100 points or better, with Gretz going over the 200 mark. There were nine guys with 50 goals with Grets recording 72.
@skiingallday Is that impressive? Or embarrassing?
But I bet it gets pretty tough at that point.
@skiingallday Nice article...very promising.
@skiingallday I love how the Sun of all papers has a 20 article limit before you have to pay. That should take me about 3 years to reach.
@Irishfanman you think granberg is better then gunner?
@Irishfanman neither have played in the NHL yet.... so that isn't true as of now.
Hope so - hence the "so far"
Reilly will get all the pre-season games plus 8 games of regular season and then he will get sent down. I think, anyway. He looked good against AHL competition on offense - very good even, better than Gardiner on the PP with passing and shooting but slightly worse in skating - but even though he's 205 lbs he seemed to still get outmuscled on D and in the corners. And he's still a bit timid about taking the body. I think another year in junior growing man strength will help him
@Alec Brownscombe @canuckintheuk You really don't like having two really good young goalies for relatively cheap hey? Lolllll. I'm pretty confident that Bernier or Reimer couldve been similarly successful on that same Bruins team, in that same Bruins system. Heck, i thought we could've made it to the finals had we won our series with Boston, but thats all subjective and will never be proved so eh, whatevs.
@djamon @skiingallday well 3 more season with the leafs at PPG would put him at about 500 points with the franchise. And that would put him just outside the top 10. He's currently at around 250. So if he does end up spending 7 seasons with the Leafs then being almost top 10 in scoring is actually quite impressive. And quite do-able IMO
@Savo43 @Alec Brownscombe @canuckintheuk I've been thinking that too. NYR were shit all season and were very beatable. PIT was also very beatable the way they played and we have tended to hold up decently well against them in the last few regular seasons. I feel like Boston was the hardest challenge we could have faced in the East, although CHI likely would've spanked us in the finals.
@.JVR. @Irishfanman Seven...but one time I was distracted...so six...my point is...Gunner is a nice D but too soft...Granberg is like Gunner but tougher...and I am no expert...hell I am marginal at best...but I feel strongly that Granberg by November will be a big part of out D and Gunner will be parts uknkown>>>maybe i'm wrong but at least I have the balls to make that statement...and if I am wrong...I will be the first tyomadmit it...
And how many times have you watched Granberg play?
and clearly you haven't spend enough time on MLHS to know that people always make jokes at spelling mistakes.
@Irishfanman wow, that's super interesting fact about you. Had no idea that a fabric could type. What colour satin are you?
@Irishfanman @skiingallday @KurtWhite Oh, I fully believe that Granberg is going to be a great player for the Leafs very soon. But what I'm saying that you can't say that he's better than Gunnar at this moment. What you should have instead said is that "Granberg has the potential to be better than Gunnar"
@skiingallday I watched Borje Salming evolve>>>and Ian Turnbull>>>and watched Al Iafrate crash and burn...Granberg>>>@ 2 D...book it...
@skiingallday I am basing this on facts
you're just basing this all on potential. And remember, not everyone with potential will reach the extent of it.