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  • Jonas Siegel: Nylander wants to play for Leafs this season (TSN)
    Though he was piling up about a point-per-game pace in the early going, Nylander was unhappy with his start. Sheldon Keefe, the Marlies first-year coach, labelled it as inconsistent, adding that Nylander had picked out numerous areas for improvement and confronted them head on.
  • David Alter: William Nylander gaining confidence with Marlies, wants to play in the NHL ‘as soon as possible’ (National Post)
    Every day, Nylander has approached practice the same way. He’s the first one out there on the ice to work on some drills. The rest of his teammates will join him for the regularly scheduled practice session. The practice ends and Nylander will be the last one off the ice as he returns to drills.
  • Scott Lewis: Granberg, Leivo likely call-up candidates for Maple Leafs (Sportsnet)
    Granberg returned to practice with the Marlies this week after rehabbing a torn achilles he suffered in June. He was the recipient of a Nylander stick to the shin Tuesday, Cox noted, all in the name of friendly competition, of course.
  • Rob Longley: Game Day: Maple Leafs at Predators (Toronto Sun)
    Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock had barely digested his team’s win in Dallas when he pointed out that the Predators pumped seven goals past the Ottawa Senators earlier on Tuesday. The Leafs were loose on D in the second in Dallas and turned the puck over too often. That won’t stand up against the opportunistic Preds.
  • Adam Proteau: Maple Leafs’ coach Mike Babcock worth every penny so far (Metro)
    In addition, Babcock is becoming famous for challenging his charges to become better in every way possible, and Rielly is a perfect example. The 21-year-old currently leads Toronto in points — and while you’d think that would earn him more opportunities on offence, the opposite is true. Knowing that the youngster’s instincts with the puck can’t be taught, Babcock wants Rielly to improve his defensive game.