LGD: Corsi Hockey League

Ryan Fancey
November 08 2016 11:01AM

We're nearly a full month into the season and the Leafs are currently tied for a playoff spot on the heels of a three-game winning streak and absolute rampage by Mitch Marner over the last week. Truly an amazing time to be alive. 

Tonight they get things going against the darlings of the Corsi Hockey League over the last half-decade, but it's a Kings team that hasn't seen their strong possession game translate to much offence. For a Toronto team that's producing plenty of their own, this really can't be seen as the same underdog scenario it's been in the past.

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An early glance at the 2017 draft rankings

Ryan Fancey
November 07 2016 06:53PM

Yes, that's a scary title. Don't worry though, "Tank Nation" isn't back on. No need to panic, Leafs fans.

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When we debate over the Leafs' top rookie, everyone wins

Ryan Fancey
November 04 2016 09:28AM

This season is only 11 games old, but it seems that with each 2-3 game chunk of this schedule, we've had a different "Whoa, [insert rookie name]" storyline to gravitate towards. If this is what life as a Leafs supporter is going to be like, establishing favourites among this trio of Matthews, Nylander, and Marner, is bound to happen. But that's part of the fun of being a fan of a non-garbage team. This is all new.

With Marner's light-up of the Sabres last night, he's the trending topic currently. Before that it was Nylander who went on his powerplay rampage. And of course, to kick things off, Matthews left a crater where the Canadian Tire Centre once stood. 

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Mike Babcock is a coaching contradiction, but that isn't a bad thing

Ryan Fancey
October 29 2016 01:38PM

It's probably impossible to firmly declare who the "best coach in all of hockey" is, but I think you can make a strong argument for Mike Babcock. 

To say he's clearly ahead of guys like Quenneville and Trotz, for example, is disrespectful to those guys, and essentially indemonstrable when they're all so close. Regardless, even Babcock's biggest critic wouldn't have him outside the top five. He's great, and we can all agree on that.

But he isn't all-knowing, even within the confines of the game. None of us are. I think he's a coach who's constantly trying to figure it out, which is maybe his most valuable feature. And now I believe he's at a bit of a crossroads, of which there will likely be many in the next seven years.

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LGD: Fancy Cats

Ryan Fancey
October 27 2016 11:21AM

I won't get into a long-winded introduction for this game tonight, because we've been through enough of these matchups over the years to know what we're getting in to. It's another dreaded mid-week Flortheast game. The trap of all traps, and made even worse by the fact these teams are actually good now. 

The Leafs are in tough tonight against a Panthers team that's likely going to be near the very top of the conference at season's end, and comes into tonight as the second-best team in the league so far by possession metrics. That said, this Toronto team has shown to be able to make any game interesting.

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