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    We’ve partnered up with Pension Plan Puppets to bring to you a Player Review series, where we will be evaluating and grading the 2009-10 season for every Leaf who featured in a significant number of games for the Blue and White last season, with an eye towards 2010-11. Next up we feature Christian Hanson, profiled by SkinnyFish.

    The Summary: Coming off of a stellar senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Hanson was one of three highly touted college free agents in the spring of 2009. The others being Matt Gilroy and Tyler Bozak.  Due to Notre Dame’s early departure from the NCAA tournament, Hanson was the first of those three players to sign with a pro club. Discussion was that the big 6′ 3″ Hanson had 2nd line potential and barring that would be a great 3rd line/checking line center.

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      Jimmy HayesRemember Jimmy Hayes?  He was the Leafs 2nd round pick in 2008, a burgeoning power forward who struggled last season in his freshman campaign with the Boston College Eagles as he adjusted to the NCAA game.

      Consider those struggles a thing of the past.

      Hayes was fantastic in the Hockey East Championship this past week as his team captured their ninth tournament victory, an NCAA record.  Oh, and you may be interested to know that his 2 goals and 5 assists (in 4 games) led all tournament point-getters.

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        Courtesy of Sportsnet:

        “The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the race to sign highly-touted free agent forward Tyler Bozak from the University of Denver Pioneers, sources tell Sportsnet. A strong two-way centre, Bozak has been generating league-wide interest since his freshman year with as many as 25 NHL teams trying to get his name on a contract.”

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          The Leafs have finally won something!

          As Per Sportsnet.ca
          The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the race to sign highly-touted free agent forward Tyler Bozak from the University of Denver Pioneers, sources tell Sportsnet.