YakovMironov's Leaflets: April 12th

Jon Steitzer
April 12 2013 09:36AM

Leaflets is a weekly rundown of thoughts and notes on the Leafs by Jon Steitzer that will usually appear on Thursdays. Follow him on Twitter @YakovMironov


While it may seem odd to save someone from the top line, I can’t help but feel James van Riemsdyk may produce at a higher level on a different line. The main reason for this thought stems from the fact that his center (Tyler Bozak) is yet to get a primary assist on any of his goals which has to be one of the more amazing stats of the season.

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LFR6 - Game 40 - The Dumbout

Steve Dangle
April 11 2013 02:24PM

Leafs lose in shootout. Sky blue. Water wet.

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Leafs pick up another point in shootout loss to Rangers at MSG

Cam Charron
April 10 2013 09:26PM

Midway through the first period, TSN play-by-play man Gord Miller said something to the effect of "if you listen to the analytics people, Mikhail Grabovski is a much better two-way centre than Randy Carlyle gives him credit for."

It wasn't a throwaway line in the least. It indicated that Miller has done his research and probably trolled around on this blog or others and found a bit of information that was worth sharing with his many, many viewers. His next line was also telling:

"Randy Carlyle does not believe in analytics."

Clearly not. Mikhail Grabovski spent the first two periods on Line Number Four between Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren. He put on a show in the last few minutes of regulation and overtime when everything else happened on the ice. The game started out tilted in favour of the Leafs. Then the Rangers. Then it was even. Then it went to a shootout, and the Leafs picked up a point in a 3-2 loss to the Broadway Blueshirts.

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Preview: Game #40 Leafs @ Rangers - Glen Sather and Quick Fixes

Cam Charron
April 10 2013 03:21PM

Found this image over at Michael Langlois' Vintage Leafs Memories

Since the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs played a hockey game against the New York Rangers (pictured above), the Rangers have not altered their roster one bit. Since Glen Sather took over, I think that is a notable rarity. Sather with the Rangers has had a lot of money and a lot of leeway and a pressuring owner who wants to sign superstars so there's a lot of roster turnover year-to-year.

Or perhaps not. I haven't checked the data but it seems that way. It seems that whenever there's a big name player on the market, the Rangers are in the mix. It also seems that the best players on the Rangers tend not to be the ones picked up after years of success in smaller markets.

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Making Highlights Happen

Steve Dangle
April 10 2013 01:10PM



Last night I wrote about some of the things we do at the NHL Network, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Glad to see!

As promised, I’m going to write about how we make highlight packs for hockey games. We’re going to look at two games from Monday night, specifically the Rangers-Leafs game, and the Flames-Avalanche game.

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