Named after former Toronto Maple Leaf great Bill Barilko, the Barilkosphere is a network of blogs and websites devoted to bringing you the news, information and opinion (and lots of it) regarding the Leafs you crave as a fan. This feature is dedicated to bringing you the best of the Barilkosphere every day except Sunday. So sit back and relax, pour yourself another cup of Joe and enjoy today’s round of fresh links.
TEEMU FOREVER. From Doug Harrison of CBC Sports.
The former Mississauga Steelhead and first-round pick in 2011 grabs the seventh spot on Pension Plan Puppets’ prospect countdown. The 20-year-old will cut his teeth with a full season on the Marlies this year. Clrkaitken has the write-up.
The only positives about this team were Brian Burke was able to turn Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Niklas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers into Dion Phaneuf, and they were able to draft Nazem Kadri because they were so bad. Jeff Veillette leads us on a trip down memory lane at The LeafsNation.
Jared Crozier of SenShot offers his opinion on the Leafs’ upcoming season. I agree that fourth or fifth in the division is a likely finish.
Should Hall make the team? Derek Stykalo of Oil on Whyte offers his take. (I’ll be projecting Team Canada’s roster in the next few days, but check out our other Olympic team projections so far.)
I’m not sure about chemistry, but the fact there are so few left-shooting defenseman at camp might influence the decisions. From Kenny MacMillan of A Winning Habit.
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