TSP: Toronto Maple Leafs Prospects

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Welcome back to Top Shelf Hockey Prospects.  As we go through the Summer of 2015 I will be featuring a team-by-team look at the top prospects in the NHL. I will go team by team through the NHL bringing you a look at each Teams Top Prospects. I will be following the order of the […] READ MORE


Maple Leafs Wisely Abandoning the “Truculence” Model

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In 2008, when Brian Burke was introduced as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he made it very clear what kind of team he wanted to build. “We require, as a team, proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence. That’s how our teams play,” he said. To much of the old-school, “Dougie Gilmour […] READ MORE


Kasperi Kapanen: Penguins Not So Secret Weapon In 2015

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When Jim Rutherford and company goes to start putting together their team for the 2015 season, they will do so trying to put their own stamp on the club to make it stand over and beyond the rest of the league. But despite trying to create their own version of a winner, it doesn’t mean they […] READ MORE


Finland World Junior Preview: Players to Watch

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Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the column looking at Hockey’s Future Stars.  Over the next week or so, we will be previewing the 2014 World Junior Championships, a tournament that will be played in Toronto and Montreal from December 26, 2014 to January 5, 2015.  As always, you can check out the previous Top […] READ MORE