Leafs Prospect Roundup: World Juniors Update, Miettinen’s hot start, SDA on the shelf

All eyes will be on the upcoming World Junior Championships and the Leafs will be well represented. Six of the Leafs’ recent draft picks will suit up in the tournament, including their first four selections in the 2020 NHL draft. After a somewhat arduous journey, all of the teams have arrived in the Edmonton bubble and are wrapping up their quarantine period as practices begin today.

The charter carrying SWE/FIN/RUS has now departed from Helsinki and is scheduled to make refuelling stops in Iceland and Goose Bay on its way to Edmonton. A cargo plane will bring in the equipment separately.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 13, 2020

Rodion Amirov headlines the group of Leafs prospects set to take part in the tournament and will be a big part of the Russian squad. He is currently slotted onto the top line with Minnesota Wild prospect Marat Khusnutdinov and the highly touted Vasily Podkolzin of the Vancouver Canucks. He was a key player on both special teams units for Russia at the Karjala Cup in November and he will likely fill that role for them at the WJC as well.
Mikhail Abramov, selected in the fourth round of the 2019 draft, is also vying …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Absolutely, The Leaf’s Madness Bracket Play-ins

Welcome to day one of our tournament to determine the greatest Leaf in the eyes of extremely online Leafs fans. Today we’re starting off with our long shots, the play-ins.

Your Grandpa’s Leafs Regional Play-in:
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 17, 2020
Frank Mahovlich is awaiting his first round rival, and he’ll be facing off against either Hap Day or Bobby Baun
Hap Day has pretty much filled every role you could possibly ask a player, coach, executive to fill and he’s won in each of those roles.
He goes up against the Stanley Cup legend that is Bobby Baun. Since I was a child I heard the tale of Baun recovering from an injury to return and score the game winning goal for the Leafs, and while it may now be considered reckless to put a once in a lifetime moment over addressing an injury, the story lives on in lore and this should be an interesting matchup.

False Hope Regional Play-in:
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 17, 2020
Curtis Joseph in the three seed is awaiting his rival, and at this point I can assure you that it will …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Will Serge Ibaka play more power forward for the Toronto Raptors?

A few teams in the Eastern Conference have eyes on bigger line-ups this year. Could this see Serge Ibaka play more power forward for the Toronto Raptors? Like fashion, basketball is all about trends. Eventually, teams all end up doing the same thing in search of success. Watching one team gain traction with a style […]
Will Serge Ibaka play more power forward for the Toronto Raptors? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ