A post trade deadline look at how the Leafs are situated heading into the expansion draft

During the Vegas expansion, the Golden Knights did an excellent job of putting together a world class team that could compete immediate. The Leafs were absolutely no help to that cause, losing only Brendan Leipsic to Vegas, and not having to deal any picks or prospects to force the Knights into making that underwhelming selection.
The Leafs were aided by the fact that the key pieces in their roster at the time were all exempt from the expansion draft, and it was more of a challenge to find players worth protecting than it was a situation about worrying who the Leafs would lose. Still there were plenty of Leafs fans who say losing Leipsic as the worst possible outcome, and terrible asset management. This fanbase will never be 100% pleased.
This go around, the Leafs are in a slightly different situation. There are plenty of good young players who are still exempt from the expansion draft. The Leafs can still easily protect the majority of their core. And whomever is selected by the Kraken really only represents a minor inconvenience in how the Leafs will take shape for next season. Still it’s probably worth taking a look at how this …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays Nation Radio Ep. 2: Getting a Yankees fan perspective on the Blue Jays

That was an excellent Opening Weekend for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The good guy rolled into Yankee Stadium and made a statement by picking up the series win despite having a couple of key players on the Injured List. There’s a loooooong ways to go, but it looks like the Blue Jays are poised to go toe-to-toe with the Yanks this year.
So, what do things look like from the other side? We welcomed Joshua Diemert of Pinstripe Alley on the show to talk about the Yankees, what he expects from them this season, what he thought about the Blue Jays based on this weekend, and what it would take for Toronto to jump New York and win the American League East.
Beyond that, we also talked about our three up, three down from this weekend, ranging from great performances from the Blue Jays bullpen and some big hits from Randal Grichuk to an awful bunt attempt by Danny Jansen and Cavan Biggio’s difficult start. We also previewed what we’re going to see over the next week as the team heads to Texas to face the Rangers and then heads home to Dunedin to host the Los …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Nick Robertson is on my 2020-21 Leafs Roster and he should be on yours too

Over the weekend Terry Koshan wrote an excellent profile of just how great Nick Robertson has been doing in Peterborough this season. If you haven’t been paying attention the Leafs top junior prospect, I encourage you to give it a read as it may bring you around to where I am, jumping to the conclusion that the best thing for a 19 year old winger is to be in the NHL and fighting for a spot on the 3rd line.
“Despite missing chunks of the regular season — a broken finger in November put Robertson on the sideline for a month, and he then was absent when he was representing the United States at the world juniors — Robertson hasn’t let up on OHL goaltenders, scoring 33 times in 30 games heading into the Petes’ contest in Hamilton on Sunday.”
It’s safe to say that Robertson has found his goal scoring touch, one that was already largely there putting up 27 goals in 54 games during his draft year, but exceeding a goal per game pace is probably a sign that there really isn’t a whole lot left for Robertson to do in the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation