Analyzing Toronto's Game Score from December

Dom Luszczyszyn
January 03 2017 08:09AM

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After every month of hockey, it's good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That's my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October's here and November's here.

For those unfamiliar with Game Score, it's a single number stat meant to measure single game productivity and player value that I developed over the summer. It basically combines the most important box-score stats and weights them by their relevance to goals. It's not perfect and there's much that is unaccounted for, but it does pretty well for something that is relatively simple to compute and comprehend.

The sample is still incredibly small, but I figure taking a look at the team on a monthly basis could provide some insight into how the team is doing. So without further ado, here's how the Leafs December looked through the eyes of Game Score and some thoughts on it.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: January 2nd

Jeff Veillette
January 02 2017 09:43PM


It's the first Monday Mailbag of the new year! Fun fact: It almost wasn't, because its presently forty minutes to midnight this is the first serious thought I gave to writing this thing today. Needless to say, not my brightest moment. Maybe the following responses will be a little bit better:

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Auston Matthews' OT winner might be Toronto's watershed moment

Jeff Veillette
January 02 2017 04:57PM

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Those who have followed the Toronto Maple Leafs through the rebuild process have been hearing constantly about the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks. After all, they're two of hockey's most perrenially competitive teams, two of three teams that have made multiple stops to the Stanley Cup well in the Salary Cap era, and they followed the same model: be bad for a while, accumulate talent, establish a vital core, and constantly develop interchangable sub-pieces to use in their friendliest cap-years.

We know that's where the Leafs are going, but when it gets there is a question. But you felt it with the other two teams.

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LFR10 - Game 36 - Centsational - Det 4, Tor 5 (OT)

Steve Dangle
January 02 2017 01:54PM

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The Centennial was a Classic. Never in doubt, right?

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20 facts about the Doug Gilmour trade on its 25th anniversary

Greg Brady
January 02 2017 11:21AM

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It's still discussed as an era-changing moment in Maple Leafs lore.  Although its impact never brought about a single Stanley Cup Final, it did awaken a slumbering (or infuriated) fanbase, and create a whole new set of memories for the next generation that came around a little late for those made by Sittler, MacDonald, and Salming.

It also meant the absolute end of a great Calgary Flames era, really.  A Flames era that had seen numerous Smythe Division titles and playoff battles with the great Edmonton Oilers, and a window after the Oilers traded Wayne Gretzky in summer 1988 to Los Angeles, to really own the division and the Western Conference.

25 years ago today, the Maple Leafs and Flames executed a 10-player trade on the second day of 1992 so unique, and so influential, it's still celebrated (in Toronto, at least).  Here are 20 things you thought you knew or didn't know about what led up to it, the trade itself, and how it impacted two of the six Canadian franchises -- Ottawa was to come into existence the next season in 1992-93.

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