June 20 2012 09:03AM
What happened to Joe Colborne in the second half of last year? After 40 games, Colborne had 15 goals and 33 points with the Toronto Marlies. But, February hit. In the second 40 games of the season, including the AHL playoffs, Colborne had just 3 goals and 14 points.
What happened here?
June 20 2012 07:13AM
Dustin Penner is one option Brian Burke should consider carefully. (Photo from Getty Images)
In 2011-12 the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to rank 10th in the league in Goals For. If I told you that the Leafs' current set of top-six forwards were likely to put together a very similar goal total next year, would you be surprised? Skeptical, even?
Although Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul both saw themselves the beneficiaries of some puck luck this past season, I've got a few numbers that suggest it won't be such a steep dropoff. The table below shows how many goals we might expect from each of the Leafs' top six forwards based on last year's shot totals and their average shooting percentage:
Admittedly, this is a very rough predictive tool, but if the Leafs' lost a grand total of 5 goals from their top six from this year to last year, it would only drop them from 10th to 11th overall in scoring. This begs the question: do the Leafs even need another top-six winger?
Leafs Nation Podcast
June 19 2012 07:52PM
Neither Danny nor I are the 'freak out' types. We generally have a positive outlook on the general direction that the Leafs take. (Hey, we're fans - sue us.) But leading up to the draft in Brian Burke's final contract year could make him do a lot of things, and at this point, we know to expect just about anything from Burke.
Jump for more.
June 19 2012 05:54PM
Look, I know the deal. It's a sweltering Tuesday night and we need to be inside with air conditioning.
We're also desperate for some kind, any kind, of Toronto Maple Leafs news.
As of 7:23 p.m. on Tuesday night, Nik Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Cody Franson, Korbinian Holzer, Ben Scrivens and, uh, Matt Lashoff remain unqualified six days ahead of the June 25 deadline. Josh Harding, Anders Lindback and Tomas Vokoun have been taken off the market, leaving the Leafs with zero goaltending for now.
June 19 2012 08:49AM
Over the next couple of days, we'll try and figure out just who Brian Burke has in mind for the No. 5 selection in Friday's draft.
First, a couple of notes on philosophy. I think that Burke is a fan of big-moment players, and generally, big guys. He paid a premium for his first ever draft choice in Chris Pronger, trading a first, second and third round picks to move up four spots and get the pick that was going to come after Alexandre Daigle.