June 27 2012 08:04AM
Unbelievably, it's impossible to find a scathing indictment of Nikolai Kulemin to dissect and disprove, as Toronto Maple Leafs media have come to grips with the concept of "shooter regression".
Nikolai Kulemin scored 30 goals in the 2011 NHL season, only to drop to seven in the very next year. A lot of this is due to the fact that Kulemin's 17.3% shooting rate from a season ago just wasn't sustainable and was bound to drop. It took quite a tumble, falling well below normal levels and landing at 6.5% on the season.
But there's a piece of worrisome data ahead, as well as a redeeming one.
June 26 2012 10:48AM
When I first joined The LeafsNation, I had a few people asking questions as to whether I'd be counting scoring chances or not for the team next season. The gut reaction was "yes" because it's always good to have a bit more data to analyze, but there's really no point.
Eric T. of Broad Street Hockey, and recently NHLNumbers, came out with a piece today about scoring chances and Corsi that can be found here. For those unfamiliar with the concept of Corsi, please read on.
June 26 2012 06:40AM
Monday was the deadline for qualifying restricted free agents. It's not unheard of for the news to break a couple of days after the fact.
After "the big four" restricted free agents of Ben Scrivens, Cody Franson, Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin, the Leafs have a few other players to qualify. Korbinian Holzer, the big German defenceman and former Olympian who impressed with the Marlies last season, is one of them.
June 25 2012 09:26AM
One of the interesting questions left by the Luke Schenn trade is "well, who fills his roster spot?" At least for now, the Toronto Maple Leafs have one fewer NHL defenceman than they did heading into the weekend.
The first question to ask is "what was Luke Schenn's spot?" Schenn played a top-four role, but just barely. He beat out John-Michael Liles in total ice time this season, but just barely, and played 13 more games. In even strength ice time per game, Schenn was sixth on the Leafs, even behind Mike Komisarek, who was leaned upon for slightly tougher minutes in the games he did play.
June 23 2012 03:23PM
The Luke Schenn re-vitalization project didn't get off the ground. Just as the assembled hockey media was ditching Pittsburgh for the weekend, Brian Burke took the time to make the biggest deal of the year so far, sending Schenn to Philadelphia in exchange for James Van Riemsdyk.
Breaking News!!!!Toronto trades Luke Schenn to Flyers for James Van RiemsDyk.Done deal. #TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 23, 2012
This is a very interesting deal on many fronts, and one that both adds and removes an unfortunate contract for both the Leafs and the Flyers. Schenn's cap hit is $3.6M over the next four seasons, while Van Riemsdyk's is $4.25M over the next six. So a pretty large amount of dollars going back and forth.