November 17 2016 09:30AM
The Leafs welcome back a storied member of their past tonight at the Air Canada Centre, as Seth Griffith returns for his first game against his former team. There will be many spirited battles as life-long friends become on-ice foes, and it should be a hard fought affair. As is tradition among all former marginal Leafs, Griffith will score at least one goal tonight – perhaps more – but whether it'll be enough to beat Toronto is something we'll have to wait and see.
November 10 2016 08:10AM
Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS
One of the biggest topics of discussion among Leafs fans after the first month of the season is centred around just how good this team is.
There's many out there who remember last year's futility and think this year will be more of the same, especially with that defence. It'll be a while before they compete.
There are others who think this team can be competitive this season but ultimately don't have the talent or depth to make it to the post-season. Maybe next year, but it could be close.
Then there are the optimists that are hell bent on the fact that #TheLeafsAreActuallyGood and the pain is over. Playoffs could come as soon as this season.
How good are they really?
November 02 2016 07:00AM
Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS
The Leafs are off to a rough start to the 2016-17 season winning just three of their first ten games, and while the record isn't great so far, the season hasn't been a complete disaster yet. For starters, this team is not as bad as their record might suggest and a lot of that has to do with the fresh new faces on the team.
With that being said, I wanted to take the end of the first month as an opportunity to look at the Leafs player's Game Score more to see which players played good or bad, which ones have been consistent and also the most surprising names based on pre-season expectations.
with Game Score, it's a single number
stat meant to measure single game
productivity and player value
that I developed over the summer. It basically
combines the most important box-score stats and weights them by their relevance to goals. It's not perfect and there's much that is unaccounted for, but it does pretty well for something that is relatively simple to compute and comprehend.
The sample is still incredibly small, but I figure taking a look at the team on a monthly basis could provide some insight into how the team is doing. So without further ado, here's how the Leafs October looked through the eyes of Game Score and some thoughts on it.
October 25 2016 08:48PM
Good news! The Leafs absolutely, 100 percent, did not blow a lead tonight. If I told you that at the start of the game you might be thrilled based on how the start of the season has gone, but alas what they did was much worse. Instead, Toronto decided to spare their fans any heartache by not taking the lead at all and get blown out of the water early instead. The Lightning took a 3-0 lead after one period and never looked back after that, beating Toronto 7-3 on Tuesday night.
October 05 2016 09:58AM
With a week until the season starts (hockey is back!) it’s probably around the time some of you start doing your fantasy drafts. You’re probably scrambling in preparation over who to pick and I don’t blame you, it’s a tough world out there.
The first thing you have to do is some research and we’re actually here to help you with that. First off, you can buy The Daily Faceoff Draft Guide here or my own projections here and that should go a long way in helping you with your picks on draft day. Both are incredible resources and you’d be foolish not to buy them in my expert opinion.
Now that we’ve got the shameless self-promo out of the way, we can go to the next step: which Leafs should you draft?