Leafs Worst Penalty Killing Stretch

Gus Katsaros
November 06 2012 08:30AM

I was looking at the past season schedule, particularly a period of the Leafs worst penalty killing of the campaign, a span of 20 games between November 19 and January 3.

This period of time could have been a total disaster had the Leafs not been firing at a 24% clip on the power play (17-for-71) carving out a 9-8-3 record in those 20 games – 4-2-2 at home.

During this time, the Leafs gave up 23 power play goals on 84 opportunities, their worst string of penalty killing futility (72.6% success rate) on the season. Toronto allowed 62 goals and the 23 power play goals against represented 41% of the 55 total goals given up during the entire season.

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Leaf prospect Josh Leivo: Unbe-Leivo-ble

Gus Katsaros
November 01 2012 09:02AM

Nothing special jumps out at you watching Josh Leivo. He doesn’t blow by you with blistering speed or dazzle in one-on-one situations. He doesn’t have a 100 mile-per-hour slap shot and isn’t going to flatten people with huge hits.

What does jump out is improved scoring capacity, a singular aspect exhibited from his pre-Ontario Hockey League days that he’s adapted to his maturing overall game.

Scoring goals.

Year over year from his draft year in 2011, he scored 19 more goals and on a similar pace this season, without OHL scoring leader Michael Sgarbossa.

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Tyler Biggs: In General

Gus Katsaros
October 30 2012 08:43AM

Tyler Biggs is in the spotlight early in his Ontario Hockey League career and I wanted to put up a few thoughts on the Leafs first round draft pick.

Drafted outside of the grasp of the agreement restricting players entry directly into the Amercian Hockey League, Leafs 1st round selection in 2011, (22nd overall) Biggs had the option of leaping directly on to the Toronto Marlies. Aside from size, Biggs wasn’t ready for the AHL.

Suiting up for Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League seemed the logical placement.

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Marlies Schedules and 3-in-3 Sets

Gus Katsaros
October 25 2012 08:58AM

Five games into the 2012-13 season, and the Toronto Marlies have completed their first three-games-in-three nights sets. They line up six times over the season in 3-in-3 sets, a fairly low number when considering the Providence Bruins play an AHL high 17 sets, while their provincial rivals, Hamilton Bulldogs, in a league low, four - all after March 1.

Below is a look at the Marlies schedule, with the focus on 3-in-3 sets, and some distance traveled. Distances and schedules are complicated by long distance bus travel instead of late night charters, taking it's toll over the course of a season. Proper conditioning can make a difference late in games, and game sets, especially on the road.

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The Outsiders: Marlies Defensemen

Gus Katsaros
October 23 2012 07:13AM

Korbinian Holzer is likely the latest graduate to join the Maple Leafs once this lockout ends. There aren’t many candidates to immediately join him.

Just like how we looked at forwards with an outside chance of becoming full time Leafs, this is going to focus on the blueline and look at Mike Kostka, Jesse Blacker and Mark Fraser.

Mike Kostka

This is the sexy choice, the undrafted feel-good story who had emerged as a reliable two-way rearguard with an outside chance of an addition on an NHL blueline.

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