Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here

Monday Mashup: The Dog Days are Here

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Fresh sheet of ice for your Monday morning.

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Ze_theLeafsFan
Ze_theLeafsFan

Interesting that Ranger has decided to sign in Switzerland. You would think that he would be able to get a contract in the NHL 

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Good Morning Gents....as always, rain or shine, great day for a trade  :)

Mcost61
Mcost61

Morning Folks, so Ranger signed with Switzerland?

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

One thing I can say about the Leafs and their prospects...They really target guys who can put the puck in the net. 


On the parent team you have Kessel, JVR, Lupul, Kadri, Bozak...even with Frattin and Leivo, those two have goal scorers pedigree. In their system they have Conner Brown and recent pick William Nylander. 


Not sure any team in the league has as many guys with hands around the net like we have.


We really just need some of our big bodied guys, and defensive specialists to really step up their game to be NHL calibre. Would love it if we could speed track Gauthier, Carrick, Biggs, and Broll a couple years. Wow could we ever use a big year from those guys.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

So The Red Wings are still looking for a Dman, preferably right handed, and have thus lost interest in MDZ.  I still hope the Leafs could trade them Cody for a young forward prospect or draft pick, and then sign MDZ for a reasonable 1 year contract.  Go:

Phaneuf Gardiner

Robidas Rielly

Polak MDZ

Granberg and Percy as the spares.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Did you guys know that Conner Brown is ranked 50th in the top 50 prospects on Hockeysfuture.com.  That is a pretty good ranking for that late of a pick.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Loric76 I would far rather live is a place like Geneva that some of those shit holes south of the border.  

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

I like Katsaros' analyses, but this tweet is very hard to read.

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@TheGroobster Wish him well, it was a worthwhile experiment and if it resolves whatever it was that caused him to leave, good on him.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

I predict he will find his way back to the NHL

traNsplantEdneWfie
traNsplantEdneWfie

@B_Leaf If he was 20 lbs heavier he would be in the top 10.  Problem is, no one knows how a "small" guy will translate to the pro's.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Not sure why he is so low.  Won the OHl scoring race, tho its not like he used a big mature body to muscle his way to goals.  Fared just as well without McDavid.  By all accounts has great hockey IQ and a fantastic work ethic.  We should always be cautious not to overhype, but I'm not quite sure what else Connor Brown could do at this point?  Should he have won the scoring race by 50 points?

mcloki
mcloki

@peterbleafs @mcloki Good luck Paul Ranger. I wish you all the best. I think he just saw to writing on the wall and went to Europe.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

He does not strike me as one of those pampered offensive "superstars' who have to come thru the ranks believing they are a gift from God and need not alter their style of play or concern themselves with D.  Like a Yakupov for instance.  He seems to be willing to do whatever it takes

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@MaxwellHowe


Being in the top 50 ranking is very complimentary. He is the only Leaf in that ranking. Of course Morgan Rielly has graduated. But Brown is ahaed of Leivo according to that...not necessarily the case but interesting to think about.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Its not like I think he'll make the Leafs in the next 2 years, but he certainly has been advancing on a ridiculous trajectory.  Add some weight, improve skating.  IMO, he will get there eventually.

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@dlb Mad @TheCanucksnaphook Just a ton of players in the NHL are 5'9" to 6'0" and around 180lbs...and all do just fine.  Just look down through rosters every team has a number of them, even playing defense.....example....Torrey Krug Boston Bruins, Defense.....5'9" tall, 181 lbs. 
  David Kreijci who many here want as our number one Center....5'11" and 171 lbs.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@dlb Mad @B_Leaf


Yeah, Trouba missed some games to injury...thats all. What a player he is though.


Leivo should probably be on the list ahead of Brown, but like you said it is curious...definitely is giving Brown the head nod and slow clap

ingy56
ingy56

@MaxwellHowe I think if he starts putting up numbers in the AHL next season he could get a look real quick. 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@B_Leaf @Mind Bomb Bah, they let me down again, AA wont make a big move to improve the team as he is caped internally, any trade is dollars in dollars out, so its not looking good 

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Mind Bomb @B_Leaf @MaxwellHowe


If you like a highly competitive game with some decent strategy...and if you have just 3 players...9-5-2 is a great game...4 handed I enjoy 500 or double euchre.