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Predicting the Leafs' 2017-18 Opening Night Lineup

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While the players who will don the Blue and White has been determined, figuring out where each of them will play come opening night is not fully set in stone. The new additions and the key young stars will all play a factor in what the line combinations will eventually look like.

Here's my best guess as to what the Leafs lineup will look like when they open their season against the Winnipeg Jets.
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Marleau-Matthews-Nylander JVR-Bozak-Marner Komarov-Kadri-Brown* Hyman/Martin-Moore-Kapanen * = Assuming Connor Brown re-signs in time for opening night (he's currently an RFA)


The forward lineup sees very few changes from when the Leafs were in the playoffs this past spring. One obvious difference will likely be Zach Hyman replaced by Patrick Marleau on the top line, as it seems that Mike Babcock will pair this summer’s big free agent signing with Auston Matthews and William Nylander.
James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, and Mitch Marner should remain together because of their strong…

Leafs Draft Watch Profile: Nick Suzuki

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This is the fifth in a series of posts where we will take a look at five players the Toronto Maple Leafs could potentially pick at the upcoming 2017 NHL draft this week. 


In the previous post, we looked at Juuso Valimaki, a defenseman playing for Tri-City Americans, as a possible player for the Toronto Maple Leafs to pick on June 23rd.
For the final article in this series, we will shift gears and focus on a player that has quietly put together a strong season in his draft year and has the potential to be one of the sleeper picks of the draft. Nick Suzuki, a center for the Owen Sound Attack, is the player in question, and should be of interest for the Leafs should he be available at the 17th spot in the draft.
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Age: 17 Height: 5 foot 11 inches Weight: 183 Pounds Hometown: London, ON Position: Center Shooting: Right
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Leafs Draft Watch Profile: Juuso Valimaki

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This is the fourth in a series of posts where we will take a look at five players the Toronto Maple Leafs could potentially pick at the upcoming 2017 NHL draft this week. 


In the last post, we looked at Erik Brannstrom, a defenseman playing for HV71, as a possible player for the Toronto Maple Leafs to pick on June 23rd.
Over the past few years, there is always that one player on draft day that doesn't get selected where many scouts predicted he would end up. Seth Jones and Jakob Chychrun are two recent examples and Juuso Valimaki, defenseman of the Tri-City Americans, might be the next player added to the list. If he is available when the Leafs pick at 17th, they should not hesitate to draft him.

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Age: 18 Height: 6 foot 2 inches Weight: 201 Pounds Hometown: Nokia, FIN Position: Defense Shooting: Left
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