Welcome to the Battle of Ontario edition of our Rookie Tournament coverage.
As we all know, Ottawa sucks and while I have no idea who will dress for the Baby Leafs tonight at this point, I can’t imagine that we’ll have any problem walking all over them; their parents probably won’t even watch out of shame and embarrassment.
The Leafs have won both of their games in the tourney so far and the players who you’d expect to standout have done just that. Brad Ross, Morgan Rielly, Stuart Percy, Petter Granberg, and Josh Leivo (before his injury) have all been great and Zach Yuen turned a few heads in last night’s game.
It will be interesting to see who gets into the lineup today — you’d have to think that management is hoping to get a long look at some of these prospects against like-aged players before NHL camps start.
|Starting lineup vs. Ottawa|
|M. Rupert||R. Rupert||Brown|
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As predicted, Ottawa sucks. Bibeau made a couple of nice saves but generally the play was tilted toward the Ottawa goal with Leivo, McKegg, and Brown providing most of the offensive work among the forward group. Granberg had an inconsistent period, giving the puck away on one occasion and getting caught flat footed in coverage but later taking some very good angles in defensive transition to cut off lanes; tough to know what to make of that period for him.
The Leafs‘ first goal was scored by Stuart Percy on the powerplay. As I tweeted, he’s not traditionally your classic shooting defenseman but he hit his spot almost perfectly on the one-timer that was set up by Brown.
The second goal was a nifty little move by Matt Rupert on the powerplay in the slot area. Both Ruperts have been pesky which I suppose means they stole the Sens super powers — I guess that accounts for why Ottawa is so shitty. Percy got an assist on the goal running his point total on the tourney to 4 so far, with 1G and 1A so far tonight.
In other news, Broll got in a fight that was more of a wrestling match so that was kind of boring — certainly a long way from the Devane fight of last night.
M. Rupert Goal:
Not a good period for the Leafs and they paid for it.
The Sens scored their first goal on a seeing-eye shot by Shane Prince that somehow snuck through Bibeau. Curtis Lazar picked up an assist on the goal, causing MLHS‘ own Jon Steitzer to shed a single tear.
The Leafs failed to capitalize on a long 5-on-3 with the best chance coming on a great cross-zone pass by Josh Leivo to Brad Ross who couldn’t convert. Leivo continues to standout among Leafs forwards.
The Senators’ rookies scored again on the PP after Biggs was called for a pretty questionable penalty. As Matt put it, “one of those actually pretty good defensive play, but naw, holding,” calls. Prince netted his second of the game, loose in the middle of the slot as passing lanes opened up and coverage was sloppy at best.
More ugly play from Granberg that period but MacWilliam has played a pretty solid game. He’s been physical but has chosen his spots well and hasn’t overcommitted to hits thus far.
BREAKING: Bob McKenzie is reporting that UFA Mason Raymond will be attending Leafs camp on a PTO. Personally, I’m not the biggest Raymond fan but I’m a little surprised it has come to this for the speedy winger.
I’ve chosen to forget everything that happened that period but I’m told that Dunn and Stone scored twice each and that the Senators rookies won 6-2.
The only Leafs who stood out in a positive way that period were the Ruperts who are completely indistinguishable from one another to my eye. They were tenacious on the forecheck and showed flashes of skill with the puck as well. Aside from that, it was a lacklustre period from the Leafs after a solid tournament.
MacWilliam impressed me with his physicality in tonight’s game. This is the first opportunity that I’ve had to watch him play and I wouldn’t be surprised if he found his way onto the Marlies‘ roster in his first pro season. Yuen was exceptional last night but was largely a non-factor tonight aside from some good body positioning plays against the forecheck behind the Leafs’ goal.
All in all, a productive and positive tournament for the Leafs’ youngsters. Now go and read about Mason Raymond.
looks like the baby laughs choke in the 3rd period as well! must be the coaching or how they are trained in toronto! keep talking shite you won't make the playoffs this year! say goodbye to kadri as well. just cause you have a blog doesn't mean you should be a dick. fyi leafs sucked for 9 years bro! wake up
Leafs invite winger Mason Raymond to camp
Yuen's slash reminded me of that chinese psychopath who cut that poor guy's head off on the bus somewhere in western canada.
Raymond invited to camp? At this point in the summer, it can't hurt. We lost some wing depth this summer, losing Mac, Frattin and Komarov, while only adding Clarkson.
Raymond should be dirt cheap. Could end up being a steal like Mac in '10/11. But we need to find a way to sign Kadri and Franson first, obviously. If we somehow find a way to get rid of Liles, we're fine. Easier said than done, though.
JVR Bozak Kessel
Lupul Kadri Raymond
Kulemin Bolland Clarkson
Colborne McClement Orr
Just send out Devane, Biggs and Broll and start a line brawl. Fuck it. Might as well beat some turds up. and be done with it.
Could this be Nonis doing Raymond a favor by helping him showcase his talent. Was Raymond Drafted by nonis?
Hey Alec! Is there a way to stop the adds along the right hand side??? Ive got streaming and all kinds of shit going on. Would like to stop it altogether if possible?
Just read the period 2 summary, is Grandberg's problem that he isn't used to the N.A. ice? You have to expect it'll take some time to adjust to the smaller surface.
just heard...interesting...we could use another top nine type.
@mike_84 Moving Kuli is just plain dumb. They better not.
Raymond plays LW. He won't make our starting 12. Maybe a depth signing.
Clarkson is playing with Kadri gaurenteed.
@Savo43 with liles traded we might be able to make the cap work. Clarkson would be on the 2nd line though
@GeorgeCastanza I agree
@wiski Leafs do lack depth on the left wing. Of course, the Leafs also lack cap space, so unless Nonis has something huge planned, not sure where this is heading.
@mcloki 3 - 2 or 4 - 2?
@Cameron19 Percy and Matt Ruppert
@GeorgeCastanza I hope you're talking about the Giants and not hockey?
@wiski There's a play for your Giants.
@LeafsForLife I can ask them to turn off autoplay video ads, but we have to leave the ads in place. Need the ads to keep the site running.
@wiski hmm should put some pressure on Kadri even if raymond isn't a C. Maybe Bolland Moves up to the 2nd line and McC plays the 3rd line C
@wiski Interesting. He's fast as hell, that's all I remember about him
@-Keon- A full year in the AHL should help him