Leafs kids: Let’s see Matthews, Marner, Nylander and Co. do it again in 2017-18

Connor McDavid averaged more than a point per game as a rookie, then led the NHL in scoring, won the Hart Trophy and helped Edmonton make the postseason for the first time in over a decade in his second year, and that made the superstar center the highest-paid player in the league this summer.

Matthews and Marner are both entering the second year of their contracts and likely will seek new deals next July, while Nylander has a year left on his ELC and will be a restricted free agent in 2018. If each progresses in his second year, all three could be signed to long-term extensions next summer.

So, financial incentive is there for the Leafs’ young Big Three, not to mention the desire of the entire roster to take the next step as contenders in the Eastern Conference.

We’ll find out soon enough if the youngsters again can lead the way in Toronto.

In a decision sure to rankle players and fans, the NHL announced Monday it will not pause its 2017-18 regular season to allow participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, ending months of speculation and oft-contentious negotiation with the International Olympic Committee.

The NHL Players’ Association responded in kind hours later with a NFL Jerseys Paypal strongly worded statement expressing a collective disappointment in the “shortsighted decision” and condemning the league for a perceived disrespect of its players’ wishes.

“The players are extraordinarily disappointed and adamantly disagree with the NHL’s shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the Olympics,” the statement began. “Any sort of inconvenience the Olympics may cause next season’s schedule is a small price to pay compared to Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys the opportunity to showcase our game and our greatest players on this enormous international stage.”

The Browns drafted Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 pick in the NFL Draft

Why he’s here: With nods of appreciation to Daniel Murphy and Starlin Castro — and not overlooking the work of Josh Harrison — Altuve still is the easy choice here. He’s followed up his third-place finish in the AL MVP voting with yet another stellar campaign, even if he hasn’t generated as many Cheap Miami Heat Jerseys headlines as last year, when he started a bit hotter.

Why he’s here: Springer’s talent has long been undeniable, and he’s been a very good player the past couple of years for the Astros. In this, his Age 27 season, though, he’s taking the leap up to legitimate star. You see those 24 homers already — remember, he’s Houston’s leadoff guy — and Cheap Moto X Jerseys he’s regularly making spectacular plays in right field for the Astros.

The Browns drafted Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 pick in the NFL Draft, a polarizing pick considering the former Heisman Trophy finalist at Michigan had a diluted sample at the NFL Combine. Peppers, however, fits in well with Williams’ scheme and should play safety right away. The Browns acquired Calvin Pryor in that trade for Davis, and it will be interesting to see how he fits. Ibraheim Campbell and Ed Reynolds are other options.

Jason McCourty, who played under Williams in 2013 at Tennessee, was signed via free agency and should work well with veteran Joe Haden. McCourty could play both cornerback and safety, which is a plus. Jamar Taylor and Briean Boddy-Calhoun also return after tying Haden for the team lead with three interceptions.