LEAFS POSTGAME: Breezy Season Approaching

Ryan Hobart
November 17 2016 08:32PM

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The Florida Panthers were in town for the second time this season to play our Toronto Maple Leafs Leafs. Toronto won the first contest 3-2.

Seth Griffith returns to town after his short stint in Toronto. Here's a post I wrote the other day on him. A little bit of self promotion never hurt anyone right?

Here's how the game went:

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Seth Griffith is gone, and that's probably fine

Ryan Hobart
November 16 2016 08:05AM

That's right folks, on November 12th the Seth Griffith ERA was DONE in Toronto (s/o to the SDP). The Leafs chose to waive him due to the return to health of Matt Hunwick and the recall of Nikita Soshnikov. This created an overstocked roster. The Leafs claimed him off of waivers just one month earlier from the Boston Bruins. 

As an undersized winger, the Leafs seemed to feel that Seth Griffith was an asset they had no use for, with other undersized forwards present on the roster, and more coming through the pipeline. And there is merit to that when it comes to the future of the organization, no doubt. It would be surprising if Griffith was going to be a Leaf for long, with so many young forwards on his heels. 

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Ben Smith, and the Value of Penalty Kill Faceoffs

Ryan Hobart
November 12 2016 09:13AM

The Maple Leafs are currently faced with a problem we knew they would have from the start of the season: they just have too many forwards. If you had told me they'd claim two more on waivers to add to that mix, I would have said you were crazy, but here we are with Ben Smith and Seth Griffith added into the mix.

The Leafs chose to re-waive Seth Griffith, and I'm not going to get into why that itself was dumb. Instead, I want to focus on the addition of Ben Smith, and investigate what kind of effect he is having.

I have a two-part disclaimer for this post. First, if you don't like math at all, you probably won't enjoy this piece. Second, I am doing that thing where I already have a conclusion in my mind before I analyze the math, which is bad form, so I apologize for that.

Are you ready to dig into it?

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POSTGAME: Leafs get Corsi Clubbered | Leafs 0 - 7 Kings

Ryan Hobart
November 08 2016 08:07PM

The game between two of the league's strongest possession teams went down on this Tuesday night game. Surely this would be a litmus test on whether the Leafs' have been dominating possession by preying on weak opponents (Buffalo and Vancouver recently) or if the success has been genuine.

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POSTGAME: Leafs take it in overtime | Leafs 3 - 2 Oilers

Ryan Hobart
November 01 2016 08:23PM

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The Oilers were visiting the Air Canada Center tonight for Connor McDavid's first game in his hometown of Toronto. 

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