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The Maple Leafs signed 23-year-old defenceman Eric Knodel to a one-year entry-level contract today. Knodel was the Leafs' 2009 5th round draft pick who played four years at the University of New Hampshire, finishing his college career with a heartbreaking loss to UMass Lowell in the Hockey East Championship last Saturday. Knodel registered 28 points (7 goals, 21 assists) with 28 penalty minutes and a +16 rating in 41 games as captain of the Wildcats this season. Over his three-year career at the University of New Hampshire (2011-12 to 2013-14), Knodel posted 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points...

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Tim Leiweke, Dave Nonis, Masai Ujiri & Tim Bezbatchenko were all together on Prime Time Sports

Dave Poulin

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Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Ops Dave Poulin joined Bryan Hayes on TSN1050 a few minutes ago. On the Dave Bolland front, Poulin suggested Bolland playing a game before the Olympic Break isn't out of the question, but it's simply a matter of "he'll play when he's medically cleared," whenever that is. Below are some of the other topics discussed: On the Olympics and JvR and Kessel injuries: It would have to be a a significant injury to take them out of the time slot. There would have to be a decision by the federation or team that they were going to...

Jim Hughes

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MLHS' Alec Brownscombe recently caught up with Director of Player Development Jim Hughes to check in on the progress of the younger Maple Leafs. Hughes and Claude Loiselle had recently traveled to the World Juniors together to take in Frederik Gauthier and Andreas Johnson's performances for Team Canada and Team Sweden respectively, as well as one viewing of Fabrice Herzog for Team Switzerland. On Connor Brown's eye-popping production: JH: In Connor’s case, the goals and assists are in a lot of ways just the result of his whole makeup. He loves the game, he works extremely hard day in day out, he’s...

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Dave Nonis stopped by TSN 1050 a few minutes ago. Here is the rundown of the topics discussed: How good is this team? "I think we have a quality team, but we still haven’t played to our potential. We have at times, but in terms of consistency, we haven’t seen it. The last little stretch I think we have played our best hockey of the year. Our game in Washington was the best road game of the year. I would like to to see us get healthy and the lines where they want them, and then evaluate where we are. There is...

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On Friday, hockey fans in Zagreb, Croatia got to see the fantastic Dynamo Moscow, without a doubt the best hockey team outside the NHL. Their 'pest' is also a fantastic player, one particularly familiar to Leaf fans - Leo Komarov. Our beloved Finnish grinder is doing a bit of everything in the KHL, including throwing opponents off their game. In last night's 5:0 trashing of Medvescak, he managed to get Hugh Jessiman thrown out of the game on a major penalty for spearing; the former Rangers prospect completely lost his mind... 'Yeah, you know, they're supposed to know who I...

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Alec Brownscombe caught up with Director of Player Development Jim Hughes to touch base on the performances and progress of the younger members of the Leaf organization after the completion of 2013 training camp. Alec Brownscombe: If you can make a general comment, were you happy with the training camp - dating back to the rookie tourney - in terms of what you saw on display from the younger members of the organization? Jim Hughes: Yeah, I think we’re all really happy with the forward transition from the prospect camp, to the rookie camp, to the NHL camp. We’re all happy...

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Dave Poulin stopped by the Brady and Walker Show on the Fan590 this morning (you can listen to the full audio here), touching on the subjects in the title above as well as JvR, the goaltending battle, Cody Franson, and the Leafs' cap situation. On JvR's impressive preseason: "Even since the moment he's joined us, we've seen a change in JvR. I think he's just scratching the surface, I really do. The goal last night, which we've seen a couple of times now... the hand skills, and I think it's the combination of the mind going is growing into the body...

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MLHS’s Michael Stephens conducted an in-person interview with Steve Spott, head coach of the Toronto Marlies, at the Mastercard Centre earlier this week. Spott touched on a wide variety of Marlies-centric stuff, including the biggest challenges facing the team headed into the new season and the  opportunities the Leafs prospects will be embarking on in the 2013-14 campaign. Here’s a handy list of links to all the other Summer Interviews: Greg Cronin Dave Morrison Dave Poulin Jim Hughes Scott Gordon Garth Malarchuk   Michael Stephens: As a Toronto boy you must be excited to be back here coaching for the Marlies.  What’s the experience been like so far? Steve...

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MLHS' Anthony Petrielli chatted with Garth Malarchuk, amateur scout for the Maple Leafs, earlier this week. Topics covered include the ins and outs of his job, Frederik Gauthier, Morgan Rielly, and a little on Tyler Bozak. Anthony Petrielli: What are your specific job duties as an amateur scout of the Maple Leafs? Garth Malarchuk: My priorities include the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Western Canadian Jr. A teams along with “cross over” viewings of the identified prospects from the QMJHL, the OHL, US Colleges & High Schools, and the top end players on the European teams. It's a heavy...

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MLHS' Alec Brownscombe chatted with Maple Leafs Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper this afternoon. Topics covered include the process of pro scouting, the new off-season additions, and how the Leafs stack up at centre compared to the rest of the league. Enjoy. Alec Brownscombe: What does the job of Director of Pro Scouting of the Maple Leafs involve on a day-to-day basis? Steve Kasper: I stay in touch with Mike Penny, Rob Cowie and Tom Watt, as well as Dave Poulin, Claude Loiselle and Dave Nonis. We're basically out watching games. Pretty much every night one of us is...

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MLHS' Alec Brownscombe caught up with Leafs Director of Player Development Jim Hughes this morning to talk about some of the younger Maple Leafs. While much of the Leafs scouting staff heads to Bratislava next week for the Ivan Hlinka U18 tournament, Hughes will be taking in the World Junior exhibition games in Lake Placid. Dominic Toninato will participating for Team USA while Ryan Rupert, Matt Finn, Morgan Rielly and Frederik Gauthier will be playing for Canada. Alec Brownscombe: What does the job of Director of Player of Development involve on a day to day basis? Jim Hughes: My job...

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MLHS' Anthony Petrielli chatted with assistant coach of the Maple Leafs Scott Gordon this morning. A wide range of Leaf topics are touched on in a more rapid-fire style of interview. If you missed them, be sure to check out previous MLHS interviews with Greg Cronin, Dave Morrison and Dave Poulin.. AP: What was your role last year? SG: I did the penalty kill. But we’re all involved as far as input in our system play and practice planning. It’s not just one thing for all the coaches, it’s a shared effort. AP: How much input do the coaches have on management...

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MLHS' Alec Brownscombe chatted with Vice President of Hockey Operations and GM of the Toronto Marlies Dave Poulin earlier this afternoon. The conversation starts with a discussion of Poulin's role in the organization and touches on the promotion of Chris Dennis to assistant coach, before leading into a discussion of the team's possession play, team identity, and the off-season moves. The interview wraps up with a few questions about next season's schedule. Enjoy. Alec Brownscombe: How's the summer going? Dave Poulin: It's pretty continuous right now in the summer, because you go from the season, into the draft, into free agency,...

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Dave Morrison yesterday on behalf of MLHS.  The Director of Amateur Scouting for the Leafs, Morrison is an intelligent hockey mind that provides direct insight and analysis on the prospects and general state of affairs in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.  We covered topics including recent draft picks, organizational depth, up and coming prospects and Nazem Kadri.   Nikhil Daljeet: Let’s start with your thoughts on the progression of the farm system as a whole. Dave  Morrison: Well obviously I am happy with the way things are going.  I think as an organization we’ve...

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MLHS' Alec Brownscombe chatted with assistant coach of the Leafs Greg Cronin over the phone this afternoon. Topics covered include the penalty kill, the team's possession play and possession statistics, the Bruins series, and more. Enjoy. Alec Brownscombe: Tell us about your role change last season. Greg Cronin: I was hired by Ron Wilson and Scott and I came in together. Scott was doing the powerplay, and I was doing the penalty kill. When Randy had come in, and I don’t know how many games were left, but after Ron was let go he just kept things status quo. By that...

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Those of you who know me, or follow me on twitter (@mapleleafmuse), will know that I'm a bit of a podcast addict. Apart from the mainstream media stuff, I also love listening to fan-made content and in case you have yet to do so, I invite you all to check out Leaf Matters with Matteo and Michael. They've had some excellent guests and offer an alternative source for Leafs fans looking for informative, well-articulated, and lively discussions on all things Leafs. On Monday April 22nd, 2013, Brian Burke took some time out of his busy schedule as a scout for the Anaheim...

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Brian Burke on Hockey Central - 2012/11/14 Interview: the Maple Leafs GM and President Brian Burke joined Hockey Central at noon to discuss the Marlies season so far and a few other odds and ends. Other topics touched on by BB include Morgan Rielly and Roberto Luongo,  about whom Burke makes an "emphatic" denial of the rumours of an all-but-done deal between the Leafs and Canucks.

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Recently I had an opportunity to interview Dave Poulin, vice president of hockey operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs, for Lindy’s Sports Maple Leafs Annual magazine.  Poulin, whose job focuses heavily on player acquisition and development at both the pro and amateur ranks, shared rare insight into almost all facets of the game.  From principles of drafting, the mechanics of pro scouting, and internal team growth, Poulin shed light on the important, behind-the-scenes work that dictates the future success of the franchise. As is often the case in any written work, more is discussed than can be shown.  Inspired by...