Whether it was drafting William Nylander eighth overall or hiring Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ decision-making this offseason. Michael Traikos of the National Post runs through five ways this team’s culture has changed for the better since the end of last season. I’m pretty darn excited for training camp and preseason to roll around.
Wondering how some of these new Leafs might look once they’re on the ice? Maple Leafs Hot Stove put together a handy list of video montages for the likes of Daniel Winnik, David Booth, Petri Kontiola and Leo Komarov for your viewing pleasure. I’m really interested to see how Kontiola’s offensive game translates to the NHL.
The Leafs and the East Coast Hockey League’s Orlando Solar Bears announced they would be extending their partnership for two more seasons yesterday. Leafs prospects Garret Sparks, Christopher Gibson and Brad Ross were among those to wear the Solar Bears jersey last season. The press release is from hockeyfights.com.
Toronto Marlies writer Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation adds his two cents to the renewed affiliation with the Solar Bears. Jeff makes the case that having a stable ECHL affiliate is much more important than you might realize.