September 17 2014 01:28PM
Last week we designed a survey to get a better understanding of what works on the Nation Network and what doesn't. The answers that came back were all across the spectrum - some provided great insight, others provided a good laugh, others made us want to rethink our chosen profession.
We sat down at Nation HQ this morning with a fresh glass of thinking Rye and read everyone's responses - over 1100 in total! - from bow to stern. A big thank you goes out to everyone who took the time to answer this thing. Surveys are SO annoying - we appreciate you taking time out of your life to provide us with key information to drive our redevelopment.
Our summary findings can be found after the jump.
September 17 2014 11:23AM
A few weeks ago I wrote that the Leafs should explore trading Tyler Bozak as soon as possible, since his value will likely never be higher than it is right now. It stirred up a conversation similar to one we've had in the past, about his performance with or without Kessel, whether he's a better option than Kadri, all that kind of good stuff.
The Leafs obviously didn't trade him, so let's just take a look at what he accomplished last season, and how things might play out going forward.
September 17 2014 08:17AM
In my opinion there's been a problem with the content on The Leafs Nation for a while, people have been putting too much thought into their work. Writers have been doing their best to provide analysis, they've been making charts and graphs, they've been translating Swedish hockey sites so you can know more about Viktor Loov. Today I am taking a stance against effort, and bringing you a clickbait alternative with the start of a bi-weekly feature called BozFeed.
For people who were tired of having to think too hard when
Cam was talking about Relative Corsi for players with 45% or lower Offensive
Zone starts you’re in luck, now you’ve got BozFeed!
Was Jeff’s analysis of the shootout pushing your brain to hard? Don’t Worry, BozFeed is here!
September 16 2014 12:24PM
The first newcomer that we've profiled so far, David Booth is 29-year old winger known for his excellent speed. There's offensive skill somewhere in that 6'0, 212lb package, but fans don't get to see it all that often.
Selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Booth was a streaky scorer that reached the 20-goal mark twice and the 30-goal mark once. After being traded to Vancouver three seasons ago however, inconsistency and injuries limited Booth's effectiveness.
September 15 2014 01:04PM
Rolling along with our roster preview, up next we have Troy Bodie.
Many of us probably didn't know much about Bodie prior to his signing with the Leafs last summer, and the assumption was that his high penalty-minute totals and relationship to Tim Leiweke (father-in-law) meant he was another facepuncher who was simply going to rake in some MLSE dough, and then we'd never hear much else about him.
It didn't take long for Bodie to prove us wrong and present himself as a serviceable fourth liner. And while he'll still drop the gloves from time to time, he's clearly not a typical enforcer like the team has employed for the past number of years. Bodie can play hockey.