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Around the League 2019-2023 Edition

Remember Laine > Matthews? Those were some good times. Healthy scratch tonight.


That was a fun several months leading up to and after the draft where a coalition of Leaf haters and “smartest-guy-in-the-room” contrarians collectively decided that Laine was the BPA at 1st overall, and that by taking Matthews the Leafs opted merely for the “safe” pick and player of greatest positional need.

That theory peaked after Laine & Matthews’ dualing hat tricks and Gary Lawless’s hilarious article towards the start of the season, then quickly died a horrible death as it became apparent that Laine was a one-tool player, and Matthews was still even better than him at the one thing he was good at.
 
That was a fun several months leading up to and after the draft where a coalition of Leaf haters and “smartest-guy-in-the-room” contrarians collectively decided that Laine was the BPA at 1st overall, and that by taking Matthews the Leafs opted merely for the “safe” pick and player of greatest positional need.

That theory peaked after Laine & Matthews’ dualing hat tricks and Gary Lawless’s hilarious article towards the start of the season, then quickly died a horrible death as it became apparent that Laine was a one-tool player, and Matthews was still even better than him at the one thing he was good at.
Gary's interview post article on overdrive vs Hayes was one to remember too.
 
sure seems like Provorov did legit suck all along.


Now’s a good time to remember that Damien Cox was extremely angry that the Leafs drafted Marner instead of Provorov, and wrote an article the next day titled “Leafs come up short on draft day”.
 
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