Combing The Desert For Good Young Players

Leafs Nation Podcast
March 26 2012 09:32PM

 

Through the rough times that have been these past seven years, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have been forced to grasp at the straws for some traces of hope in an otherwise disappointing season. If the team is absolutely horrible, it's only reasonable that we turn our focus from the failure of the group to a few individual successes that make the wait for the playoffs (at least somewhat) bearable.

This week, Danny Gray and I take a look at a few of the Leafs' younger players, Carter Ashton, Matt Frattin, Nazem Kadri, and Cody Franson, to name a few, and assess what we've seen of them so far under new coach Randy Carlyle.

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Should the Leafs employ a shootout specialist?

John Lofranco
March 26 2012 07:29AM

nifty mittens

No.

Oh, you want more? Ok. Bear with me because this is a very rudimentary statistical analysis, but it's my first time with graphs and stuff. I don't even know how many of them will make it into the post, but here we go!

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Nation Radio - March 24, 2012

NationRadio
March 25 2012 09:24AM

As the Oilers work to play spoiler in the final eighth of the season, other Canadian teams are still (fruitlessly?) battling to make the dance. Today on Nation Radio we talk prospects, junior hockey, Edmonton's last gasp this season as well as the fading dreams of the Flames and Jets.

This is Nation Radio.

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Rangers fail to foil Leafs attempt to tank

John Lofranco
March 24 2012 09:39PM

...or something like that. My fiancée was watching Whitney, and somehow that was more compelling than the Leafs game tonight. Then because my laptop is from the mid-2000s, it crashed while trying to load some game video. Both of these events were more fulfilling than watching the Leafs tonight. Across the jump I will explain why.

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Ryan Hamilton Shows Dion How to be a Leader

A. Bates
March 23 2012 08:25PM

 

Zach Parise playing peek-a-boo with the Maple Leafs


BREAKING NEWS: The Maple Leafs have mailed it in. They do not care. If you need any more proof just watch the highlights. David Steckel played 21 minutes of regulation time while Phil Kessel played 18. We wonder why they only mustered 17 shots through 60 minutes. This is the fourth straight game that the Leafs have failed to hit the 20 shot plateau. I'm all for drafting Grigorenko or Galchenyuk but come on, lets see a little effort.

Nazim Kadri played his first game with the Leafs in a long while. Ryan Hamilton also tagged along for the ride. I thought Kadri played a good game, he scored the Leafs second goal and had the shootout winner. Cody Franson also drew into the line-up with Carlyle running with seven defensemen.
 
Period by period, Leaf of the Night and the Shame of the Nation after the jump.

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