October 29 2012 04:51PM
It's time for our third and final piece of looking at different statistical ways to project how many points each of the Maple Leafs will score.
If you're just tuning in, we explained our methodology in more detail in our first piece, which covered the top-six forwards. We followed that up with a look at the defensemen and finally we'll take a look at the remaining, secondary forwards.
How does Nikolai Kulemin drop from 30 goals and 57 points to just 7 goals and 28 points? While we can't be completely sure, we do know that losing over two minutes of ice-time per game, almost all of it on the power play, taking just 1.5 shots per game instead of 2.1, and scoring on just a terribly unlucky 6.5% of them instead of a lucky 17.3% are all things that certainly wouldn't help.
October 29 2012 10:56AM
A real odd thing happened Saturday night.
Vancouver Province beat-writer Jason Botchford was interacting with some Canucks fans on Twitter, appeared to be warming the West Coast fan base to the prospect of Tyler Bozak joining the Canucks:
@taj1944 Wouldn't it be a better adv to have a third line centre?— Jason Botchford (@botchford) October 27, 2012
@taj1944 The canucks disagree with your assessment— Jason Botchford (@botchford) October 27, 2012
October 28 2012 10:51PM
Every Monday, our man Justin Fisher will break down the weekend that was for various Leaf prospects in college and Canadian junior hockey.
Well, this is embarrassing. My first day on the job, and it’s been a relatively uneventful weekend for Leafs prospects. A goal here, an assist there... and I was hoping to report on a 5-point night from Tyler Biggs. Oh well.
First, the good news: Morgan Rielly is the top scoring defenceman in the WHL after putting up 2 assists in a 3-2 Moose Jaw overtime loss to Medicine Hat on Sunday night. That’s 20 points in 16 games for the Leafs’ top prospect.
October 28 2012 09:37PM
Mikhail Grabovski (or Mikhail Grabovsky as the KHL likes to call him) looks damn fine playing with Pavel Datsyuk. Also check out former New York Rangers pick Tomas Zaborsky lighting up for 4 goals in one game.
October 28 2012 10:54AM
After the jump: a look at the best prospects for the 2013 Draft, discussing trade rumours, the lockout and solutions to it, following injuries around the league, and much more.