The CHL season has been cancelled

Unsurprisingly, all three leagues in the CHL (OHL, WHL, and QMJHL) have announced over the past couple of days that they’ll be pulling the plug on the 2019-20 regular season. Whether the playoffs and Memorial Cup end up also being cancelled is up in the air.

“In the interest of the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans and the general public, it’s been agreed that the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season is the proper course of action to take at this time,” David Branch OHL commissioner said.
A couple of top Leafs prospects will be affected here. 2019 second-round pick Nick Robertson and 2018 third-round pick Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, the two leading scorers of the Peterborough Petes will see their seasons come to an end.
Der-Arguchintsev has likely played his last game in the OHL as he’ll be able to turn pro next season. Robertson can play another season in the OHL, but could also have a legitimate shot at cracking the Leafs’ roster in 2020-21. Robertson finishes the season as the OHL’s goal-scoring champion, racking up 55 goals in just 46 games.
In the QMJHL, 2019 fourth-round pick Mikhail …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Craig Kimbrel finally signed, so that opens up the market for Ken Giles

Craig Kimbrel’s holdout unsurprisingly came to an end last night when he inked a three-year, $45 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. It was inevitable that Kimbrel would end up somewhere shortly after that MLB draft because it meant whoever signed him wouldn’t have to give up a draft pick in order to do so.

A few hours after Ken Rosenthal broke the news about Kimbrel, Ken Giles picked up his second consecutive save against the New York Yankees, getting Luke Voit to ground out and getting Gary Sanchez and Kendrys Morales to strike out after Sam Gaviglio allowed DJ LeMahieu to lead off the ninth with a single. The previous night, Giles picked up a four-out save, which featured strikeouts of LeMahieu, Sanchez, and Gleyber Torres.
Giles now has 11 saves on the season, which is pretty good given the fact the Blue Jays don’t often give him opportunities to lock down wins in the ninth inning.
Since being acquired from Houston in the Roberto Osuna deal over a year ago, Giles has clearly regained form as an elite closer. Giles has a 1.08 ERA over the course of 25 innings, and while he can be a little erratic, he’ …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation