Connor Brown is an average depth forward and that's fantastic

Ryan Hobart
December 19 2016 07:51AM

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Recently, Connor Brown has been fitting in nicely for the Maple Leafs. It seems like an appropriate time to talk about his performance so far in more detail. He has played all 29 games for the Maple Leafs so far and has seen a lot of faith put in him by Mike Babcock.

Despite being a forward that didn't have to go through waivers, among a sea of depth forwards that the Maple Leafs had in training camp, Connor Brown was able to find a role on this Maple Leafs team. It started on the 4th line with Holland and Martin, grew into a 3rd line role with Nazem Kadri, and now is partially becoming a shared role on Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman's 1st/2nd line (the line TOI is a little muddled) with William Nylander.

There was a pretty strong feeling heading into this year that Brown was going to win the uphill battle of making the roster, knowing how Mike Babcock lauded over his stint with the Maple Leafs last season. Here is his TLN prospect profile written in the summer (by yours truly) for some context. Now that he's here, he's making waves.

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LEAFS POSTGAME: Swimming with the Fishies

Ryan Hobart
December 13 2016 08:47PM

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The Sharks were visiting Toronto tonight in a contest against the Maple Leafs. The Sharks are shaping up to be one of the best teams in the league again this year, while Toronto is floating between the basement and playoff contention.

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POSTGAME: Leafs hunt down the Bruins | Leafs 4 - 1 Bruins

Ryan Hobart
December 10 2016 07:45PM

The Leafs were in Boston tonight (that's the Toronto-Dominion Arena) to take on the Bruins. The closest thing the Leafs have to a rivalry currently, this matchup shaped up to be an entertaining Saturday night.

Keys for tonight's game:

  • Try not to get dominated by the Bergeron line
  • Get Auston Matthews some offensive zone time
  • Shelter the heck out of the Hunwick/Polak pairing

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POSTGAME: Leafs dominate, lose in a shootout in Vancouver | Leafs 2 - 3 Canucks

Ryan Hobart
December 03 2016 08:03PM

There was much anticipation to tonight's matchup with the Canucks and Leafs, given the physicality and fisticuffs that happened the last time these teams met.

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Peter Holland, Ben Smith, Tyler Bozak, and the Leafs' Penalty Kill

Ryan Hobart
November 30 2016 09:32AM

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An announcement came out recently that the Leafs were going to try to trade Peter Holland due to his concerns over ice time and future with the organization. Jeff Veillette covered the announcement here, so I won't double up on that.

A common first reaction to this move was that it was terrible and that the Leafs were continuing to make mistakes involving the selection of players for their 4th line. But after digging into the data, it seems that's not the case. The information below should show why that is, and discuss a good plan would be going forward if the Leafs are unable to trade Peter Holland.

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