Taking a break because of mental health is important, especially in hockey

There’s a human behind the hockey player, always.
When Carey Price entered the NHL & NHLPA’s player assistance program, it was a call for help. Whatever he’s going through is more significant than the game of hockey.
For anyone, that decision takes guts. To even seek out mental health help is incredibly tough for some.
Price is one of the best hockey players on earth, and for him to do this does a lot of good. It does good for the game, it does good for the players, and it even does good for the fans. It shows that it’s okay to seek help for mental health.
It’s important to talk about this on a day like today, World Mental Health day. However, the conversation should never stick to one or two days throughout the year.
This should be to be an ongoing conversation that occurs every day.
Throughout recent years, the discussion regarding mental health has grown. People are speaking up about it, even NHL players. When players ask for help, fans see it, and some will seek out help themselves.
It’s something I did, and I encourage everyone else to do the …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Kristiāns Rubīns excited for Olympics, but wants to focus on Marlies right now

Kristiāns Rubīns was a Marlies player yesterday, but he’s now going to be a Team Latvia player at the 2022 Olympics.
Before the Marlies season ended, the 23-year-old travelled back home to play in the World Championships. Rubīns had a goal and an assist, along with being an integral piece of their defence core. He was also among the players who participated in the Olympic qualifying games for Latvia.
Five months later, he was one of three players selected to play for Team Latvia in Beijing.
“I got a call I think like a couple days ago that I’m going to be one of the three guys getting picked.” Rubīns said on Friday after it was announced. “I didn’t really thought about it that much until it actually got official. So, obviously, just kind of living the emotions right now, and obviously it’s a privelidge and honour to be in those players, so honestly it’s huge, but for now, I’m in a camp here so that’s kind of the main focus for me.“
It’s been a massive year for him. Playing in the AHL and for his country is …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #2 Mitch Marner

No player has had to bear the weight of the Leafs’ latest playoff collapse more than Mitch Marner. That comes with the territory when you’re one of the team’s best players, you make the kind of money that Marner makes, and you fail to perform when it matters most – and make no mistake, he failed to perform when it mattered most. Despite all of that, despite the countless fingers that have been pointed Marner’s way since another season of Leafs hockey came to an unceremonious end, he didn’t lose that series against Montreal by himself. Far from it.
You wouldn’t know it by the narratives that have followed him around all offseason but Mitch Marner is one of the best players in the league – never mind on his own team – and he comes in at #2 on TLN’s countdown of the top Leafs. This Leafs’ core has to find some degree of postseason success this season or major changes could be coming to the entire organization. If they are indeed able to slay their playoff demons, Marner will likely be one of the biggest reasons why.
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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #3 William Nylander

As we’ve approached the top four of our player rankings, it should probably come as no surprise who numbers 1-4 are. But, I’m sure many are shocked at the order, particularly William Nylander getting ranked above John Tavares for #3. After all, the center position is an important one, and Tavares is one of the best second line centers in the league.
But, Nylander has also come a long way over these past few years after he’d fallen out of favour with plenty of Leafs fans with his contract holdout and then disappointing return in 2018-19. Since then, he’s taken massive strides, scoring 31 goals in 2019-20, and following it up with a 27 goal pace in the shortened 2021 season, as well as a huge showing in the playoffs with five goals in seven games.
Much like Tavares, Nylander’s rankings were all over the place, some coming as high as second, and some as low as fifth. While I may be a huge Nylander fan, even I didn’t have him second, but actually right where he ranks at third. For me, it came down to the fact that a lot of the underlying numbers actually showed that …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

The 2021 Top 20 Leafs Prospects: #11 Joey Anderson

Joey Anderson is a strange player in the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect pool.
Usually, players that have 53 games of NHL experience aren’t put into the “prospect” category. Anderson is somewhat of an exception, though, having played most of the past two seasons in the AHL and still being only 23 years of age. The yo-yo type career Anderson has had since turning pro combined with a lacklustre stat line from last season make him a tricky player to rank, evident in the fact he drops from #7 in our previous rankings to #11 this time around.
Still, Joey Anderson is right on the edge of the NHL. His 2020/21 campaign raised more questions than it did provide answers, and this upcoming season for Anderson is a pivotal one for his career.
Position: Right Wing
Age: 23
Height: 5’11
Weight: 190 lbs
Drafted: 73rd Overall, 2016 NHL Draft by New Jersey
2020-21 Team: Toronto Marlies, AHL (1 GP with the Maple Leafs)
2020 Prospect Ranking: #7
Anderson is the first player on our prospect rankings that was not acquired via the draft or as an undrafted free agent. Rather, Anderson was brought in last offseason in a one-for-one swap deal, with Andreas Johnsson heading to the New Jersey Devils.
Given reports …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 2021-22 season will define Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors: 2021-22 season will define Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam is the best player on the Toronto Raptors. He’s the team’s most decorated player, their sole All-Star, team leader in scoring, an MIP, and an NBA Champion. The numbers, the eye test, and the accolades all point to Siakam being the face of this franchise. Why has there been so much pushback from […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs re-sign Joseph Duszak to one-year, two-way deal

When you look at a player of Joseph Duszak’s caliber and the season he had last year with the Toronto Marlies, you’d think — the Maple Leafs should re-sign him. And they did.

#Leafs signed RFA Joseph Duszak1 year / 2-way
NHL: $750,000Minor: $150,000
Duszak will once again be an RFA with Arb rights when his new deal expires next summer.https://t.co/6IpPGG4c4p
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 4, 2021

This is both a very good signing, and an interesting one by the Maple Leafs. It shows that they see his potential and are willing to extend him so he is able to reach that potential.
His next season with the Toronto Marlies is going to be a big one, and one that could lead to an NHL gig. In this video, I discuss what the Maple Leafs have in him and why this was such a good deal for both sides.
I hope you enjoy the video!

 

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

A Kraken mock draft and how it could affect the Leafs

Expansion drafts are incredibly fun. Until the player you didn’t want to get selected gets taken, then it goes sideways fast. Still it makes for an interesting day around the NHL and we should enjoy the fallout throughout the draft weekend, and you won’t hear me complaining about that either.
Unfortunately, the last time I checked we aren’t a Seattle Kraken site, and while we could just go ahead with it anyway, I feel each selection needs a bit of a how does it affect the Leafs angle to it. So strap yourselves in for a long read, be prepared to critique my final version mock expansion draft.
From the Anaheim Ducks: Hayden Fleury
The majority of the Ducks players worth protecting have been protected and they really have nothing left but low cost bottom pairing D or replacement level forwards available. While there are younger defensemen with more upside available, Fleury is a bit more ready to play now, while still having some upside as a 25 year old. The fact that he lines up on both sides of the ice is a plus, and only has one year left with a $1.3M cap hit.
It wouldn’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

When will Joey Anderson be in the Maple Leafs lineup?

Joey Anderson, the player who was acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils. I’m sure you remember it.
Not many people know much about Anderson though, or what he could provide to the Maple Leafs’ organization. Today, I have everything from what type of player he is, to when he could be in the Leafs lineup full-time.
I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Can the Toronto Raptors make the most out of Scottie Lewis?

Can the Toronto Raptors make the most out of Scottie Lewis?

The Toronto Raptors are expected to select a player ready to make an immediate impact at pick No. 4 in the 2021 NBA Draft. While that may be the case, that opens up the opportunity to take a shot on projects with raw talent with one of their two second-round picks. Florida wing Scottie Lewis […]
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Author: Matthew Chiu / Raptors HQ