TLN Three Stars: Jack Campbell steals a point, but Leafs cough up the extra point in OT

Up until the 59th minute in tonight’s game, it looked like the Leafs would finally goalie their opponent for the first time this season. Alas, it was not meant to be.
The Leafs opened the scoring early in the first period when a Morgan Rielly wrist shot found its way through a crowd in front and past a screened Jake Allen. If you could give two assists to the same player on a goal, Alex Galchenyuk would have deserved both. His through-the-legs pass back to the point is what lead to the Rielly shot in the first place, and the chaos he caused as he went to the front of the net is what prevented Allen from tracking the puck.
In what would become a theme during this game, the referees called three consecutive penalties against the Leafs that were weak in nature. Within the spirit of the rules? Probably. But within the standard that we’ve seen these types of calls made? Probably not. The Leafs weathered the storm with two straight penalty kills, but the Habs capitalized on their third try with a Nick Suzuki cross-seam pass to Tyler Toffoli that everyone at home saw coming. Toffoli …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

2019 Leafs Prospect Rankings — The Long Shots: Eemeli Räsänen

Position: Defenceman2018 TLN Top 20 Rank: #17
How Acquired: 2017 2nd Round (59th Overall)
Why Räsänen’s in this tier
Quite literally, he’s long. And he’s got a shot. At 6’7″, he’s going to always been known as a “really tall defenceman”, whether he likes it or not. Always thought of as a bit of a project, the Finnish player had a bit of a rough 2018-19 season, bouncing around through three different clubs without ever really finding consistency in his icetime. After spending his draft year as well as his D+1 year with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, Räsänen intended to spend the past year with Jokerit of the KHL, based in Helsinki, Finland. A right-handed defenceman, a player with Rasanen’s ceiling could be a very hot commodity around the league.
Räsänen spoke last summer with Sportsnet’s Luke Fox about his decision to sign with Jokerit, on a two-year deal:
“I need harder games than junior,” the towering Toronto Maple Leafs prospect said Tuesday at development camp. “I decided the KHL must be the best for me.”
But vague injuries, team depth and the coaching decisions to often sit Rä …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation