We’ve officially entered into August, my friends; otherwise known as the final month of the NHL offseason.
I mean, sure, the regular-season doesn’t get down to business until early-October, but summer vacations tend to reach their natural climax as the calendar flips to September. It’s a magical month, really. September is for training camps to open, NHL preseason action to kick off, and far too many steadfast opinions to get formed on the basis of minuscule samples.
August, on the other hand, provides you with one last-ditch stab at summer peace.
Oh, and it’s also the Official Month of Prospect Rankings. Everyone’s doing them. They’re, like, in.
We here at The Leafs Nation take our prospect rankings very seriously. As the Leafs descend deeper into a contention window that is underlined by a claustrophobic cap squeeze, the presence of young talent locked down on ELC-induced term will naturally play a key role in helping this team challenge for Lord Stanley’s coffee mug year after year. Those youngsters can come from anywhere, mind you; the Junior ranks, the AHL, or even a second-tier Russian league you never knew existed. No stone is unworthy of …
Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation