August 03 2012 06:02AM
Not too much recent Leafs news, so I'll string together a pair of thoughts this morning into one digestible post. These might be a little more apparent throughout the summer as we continue our in-depth analysis of players and coaches that will make up the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs.
The big news yesterday was a few more names added to the alumni rosters. In addition to guys like Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler and Doug Gilmour, the Maple Leafs added Russ Courtnall, Bill Derlago, Bob McGill, Vincent Damphousse, Dave Ellett and Gary Leeman to their roster.
August 02 2012 07:03AM
I'm not sure what will happen with Jonas Gustavsson next year, but the ex-Toronto Maple Leaf is still a pretty important key in finding out exactly the effect a goaltender has on a team, or a team on a goaltender.
Gustavsson played three years in Toronto, all of them pretty mediocre numerically. He started 96 games, more than any Toronto goaltender in that span, but stopped just 90% of shots faced, held a 2.92 goals against average and had just five shutouts.
Even if Detroit's defence could slip now that Nicklas Lidstrom has retired, it is a good opportunity for Gustavsson to show that he has more to offer.
So were Gustavsson's struggles in Toronto due to bad defence or bad goaltending?
August 01 2012 08:42AM
Over the last couple of days, I've looked at all of the forwards chosen in the 2012 and 2011 entry drafts. Today, we're moving on to the great Taylor v. Tyler debate of 2010. Two years out, those two players are still at the top of the pile, but many of the others in the top ten aren't yet playing in the NHL. If you've read the methodological explanations already, feel free to skip down to the results.
In the chart below, I've taken each player's goals, assists and points, converted them to a "per game" rate, multiplied them by the league equivalency number, and then expressed them as an "NHL equivalency" assuming an 82-game NHL season. As you may have guessed, each league has a different equivalency number. I've used this article for the translations from the KHL (multiply offense by 0.83), SEL (0.78), CZE (0.74), FNL (0.54), NCAA (0.41), WHL (0.30), OHL (0.30) and QMJHL (0.28),and this article for the translations from the USHL (0.27), AJHL (0.16), and BCHL (0.14). With these players getting older, there are now only a few leagues that have drafted players but no translations, and if you're playing there (ECHL, minor European league), that's probably a bad sign.
July 31 2012 08:16AM
Late last night my esteemed colleague in blogging Steve Dangle asked a question that’s been on the mind of Leafs’ fans all summer, and for most of the past eight years: What is going on? Steve speculated that the Leafs are working furiously behind the scenes to pull off a blockbuster deal for either a #1C or #1G.
I mean, they have to be right? We’ve gone over this roster with a fine tooth comb this off-season and there is no way this team is capable of contending. Yet it’s July 31st and the only thing the Leafs appear to be doing is tying up some loose ends by signing AHL guys like Zigomanis and Fraser. What gives? I think that while the Leafs’ problems have been widely documented, we have yet to do something normally done by the Damien Coxes and Howard Bergers of the world. Blame the fans.
July 31 2012 12:12AM
Alright, work with me here...
This isn't a trade rumour. This isn't me having a “sources say” or a #CONFIRMED moment. This is just a theory I have about the Leafs' plans heading into 2012-13.
Leafs fans have been uneasily waiting this summer while the team has done very little to a roster that fell off the face of the earth this past February.