I don’t know how the weather is by you, but here we just went from having 60 degree weather on the weekend to snow this morning. I’m sick of winter, and ready for spring. Couple of things – some regarding the Leafs and some from around the league.
– As of this morning, the Leafs are 5 points out of 8th and 2 points out of 9th with 74 points, although both Carolina and Buffalo have a game in hand.
– Toronto’s 74 points ties them with their total from last season, with 9 games remaining.
– The Leafs have scored 22 less goals than last season’s total, but have also allowed 42 less. At their current pace, they’ll finish with about 216 goals and 252 goals against, both minor improvements on last season.
– Quiet night in the NHL tonight – tomorrow will be a big one. Leafs play the Wild, Devils travel to Boston, Carolina hosts Ottawa, Sabres are in Montreal.
– Still waiting on word regarding what should be a lengthy suspension for the NHL’s village idiot, Matt Cooke. He had an hour long meeting in Toronto this afternoon, still no official word on a suspension – it’s expected to be around ten games.
Finally, Brian Burke has gone back to an old tactic yet again, signing another coveted NCAA prospect in Rochester Institute of Technology’s Tyler Brenner. Brenner is a 6’2, 200-pound power forward with some pretty decent hands and touch around the net. He’s apparently a lifelong fan of the Leafs, having grown up in Linwood, Ontario, and finished his college career with 102 points in three seasons.
He had a breakout season this year in terms of goal-scoring, finishing with 26 tallies, and according to Pension Plan Puppets’ analysis, he could probably be expected to hit around 15 goals a season with his current skill set. Yet another chip added to the prospect pile, check back later this week for a more complete analysis of some of the Leafs’ prospects, since I’ve been meaning to update on the status of guys like Jerry D’Amigo, Brayden Irwin and Ben Scrivens.
That’s all for now, as always, you can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/editorinleaf. Go Leafs!