March 05 2013 03:34PM
When Dion Phaneuf and Korbinian Holzer are together, the Toronto Maple Leafs take just 43.2% of the total shots. It is worth noting that the pairing play often against other teams' top lines.
That said, with Phaneuf on the ice with Michael Kostka in a similar role, the Leafs manage slightly better, 45.8% of all shots. When Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson were together last season in an identical role, the Leafs managed 49.8% of all shots.
That third number is a hair short of even, and despite tough minutes, Phaneuf and Gunnarsson kept the Leafs' head above water last season as the second and third pairings struggled a little more with puck-possession relative to where they started on the ice.
March 05 2013 11:19AM
Good. Stay Kad.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
March 05 2013 10:59AM
Tyler Bozak is a great third line centre on an elite team. He wins draws, he can pass well, he’s got good positional awareness. He’s able to drop into the top six when need be. In fact, a good team can still have him as their second best centre and fare well for themselves if they have talent spread around the roster.
With that, Dave Nonis and the Toronto Maple Leafs should be reminding other GM’s of this for the next few weeks, selling him to the highest bidder. “Wait, weren’t you just hyping him?” you may say. But hear me out.
March 05 2013 10:04AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs put pen to paper on one of their top forward prospects last night, signing Kitchener Rangers winger Josh Leivo to a 3-year entry level contract. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Leivo has gone from ‘long shot’ to ‘future pro’ pretty damn quick.
A little bit of backstory... Leivo was drafted in the 11th round of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft, wasn’t even ranked in NHL Central Scouting’s final 2011 list, and still got drafted in the top 100 at the 2011 NHL Draft... Not bad.
March 04 2013 09:09PM
Photo via Abelimages/NHLInteractive via Getty
Most nights I have a lot of available information to work with to craft a game story. Perhaps a game was won or lost based around a particular matchup, or there was a repeated example in the game indicative of a season-long trend that played a factor in the result. None of that was really evident in the Maple Leafs' latest win, this one over the New Jersey Devils, sans Martin Brodeur, 4-2 Monday night.
The goals were scored by Nazem Kadri, Jay McClement, Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel. That is a collection of players that have received rave endorsements from the Corsiati that populate this Toronto Maple Leaf blog and others. While Brodeur for much of his career has been known to be a tad error-prone, he had looked better than Johan Hedberg was Monday. Hedberg got a good piece of the first three Toronto goals. At the other end, Hedberg's opposite James Reimer was terrific, stopping 28 of 30 shots including an unreal save off of Patrik Elias seconds after MacArthur's go-ahead goal.
This game was a mess. It is like seeing your friend get his tongue stuck on a flagpole. "Dude, why did you do that? You're unharmed, I guess, but you probably shouldn't do that again."