June 08 2012 09:39AM
This has taken us a while to get to unfortunately, but one of my favourite hockey metricians, Rob Vollman, collected and published player usage charts from all 30 NHL teams. The Maple Leafs' chart is quite striking for a number of ways, and you'll see why below.
Before we get to it, and to fill a bit of space before the jump, I suppose, I'm going to warn you that we might spend a bit of time looking back on the 2011-12 Leafs season, hopefully in more than a "what went wrong???" capacity. Hey, we might find something optimistic that we didn't know about a particular player a year ago.
After the jump, you'll see why I like David Steckel. Also, Nazem Kadri.
June 07 2012 11:27PM
Last night, the Toronto Marlies lost game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals in a way that could make just about anyone's heart break. Heck, even Habs or Sens fans would be upset with this, if they actually had hearts or souls to break. Jon Cooper, the head coach of the Norfolk Admirals, had this to say in his post-game press conference:
"I'm sick to my stomach for Scrivens. That was a tough break for the kid. But I'd obviously rather go in our favour instead of theirs."
In ovetime, on a shoot-in that was clearly offside, the puck took an odd bounce off a stanchion, and careened into an empty net, while playoff hero Ben Scrivens was out of his cage, waiting to corral the puck for his defenders. Check out the Game In Six here.
Jump for more.
June 07 2012 11:33AM
So just over a year ago, Cam Charron was happily writing about hockey and other stuff on his personal blog. Then we came along with a modest proposal and an even more modest bribe and asked him if we wanted to contribute to our happy little network. Since then, he's done work for Canucks Army, NHLNumbers, The Vancouver Province and Backhand Shelf.
June 07 2012 09:23AM
Quick! Name a Russian goalie on the Philadelphia Flyers!
No, not that one. The other one: Sergei Bobrovsky, at one point in his career a rookie save percentage leader, and the next, unable to contest for regular ice time except for a brief December stretch playing behind the team's new $10M man in Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bobrovsky followed up his stellar 2011 campaign with a forgettable 2012. After posting a .915 in his rookie season, the 23-year old Nuvokuznetsk native registered an .899 in just 29 games played. Now, with eight more years of Bryzgalov, our friends at Broad Street Hockey have speculated that it may be time for the Flyers to sell on their backup netminder.
June 06 2012 11:04PM
Although Toronto's top line produced well this year, most educated Leafs fans are well aware that Joffrey Lupul is due for a big regression next season, and Phil Kessel for a bit of one, as well. While things were great were those two were scoring, Tyler Bozak, God bless him, just isn't deserving of his current rank in the lineup, and isn't fit to carry the mail when Lupul and/or Kessel falter. Heck, he isn't fit to do so even when Lupul and Kessel are producing.
It's news to almost no one: the Leafs need a number one 'C'.