Monday Mailbag – Late Night Edition

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Do you ever just get so consumed with work that you don’t realize what day of the week it is?

To submit your Leafs or Marlies questions, tweet myself (@Jeffler) or the site (@TLNdc).

@andalerob asked: At this point, does Kadri have any long term value to this team?

I still think so. The team seems to thrive with him on the ice, his production is solid, he draws penalties like nobody’s business, and he’s still fairly young. He might not be a lock to be a top flight first line centre, but he’s definitely a legitimate top six forward. It’s up to the Leafs to find the right scenario for him. So far, he looks pretty good where he’s been this year.

@budgiegilmour asked: have you talked about jersey ads yet? I think it’s insanely stupid. Some NHL jerseys are iconic. Now they’ll look lame…

Honestly, it depends on the execution. We’re not going to see an instant transition to the jerseys in the Swedish Hockey League, for example. A small patch in the top left (or the shoulder) wouldn’t be the end of the world – AHL teams have done that for a while and it’s super hard to notice.

@dawsonmac asked: how are the Leafs doing from an advanced stats perspective?

A specific point that needs to be brought up a bit more – the Leafs are actually a positive Fenwick Close team right now. Close-situations Fenwick is one of the best indicators of play control, and after being an abysmal 42.04% last season, seeing 50.65 at this point is fantastic.

Beyond that, the team has had marked improvements in most possession metrics. Zone time is worrisome still, however. Their offensive zone start percentage of 44.65 trails only the Sabres, though its a slight improvement on last year.

@DontBeSaad20 asked: Who’s goal was better TVR or JVR?

Seeing as TVR’s goal was changed to give credit to Kris Versteeg, I’m going to have to go with James on this one. This is probably the most useful thing that Versteeg has ever done for the Leafs.

@AmmarHussain96 asked: What is up with Kontiola what are the chances we see him soon in the NHL?

He’s shown serious moments of skill with the Marlies over the past few weeks, but amazingly hasn’t put up a single point. I’m not quite sure what’s going on there. I have a feeling they’re going to need a strong hot streak from him before they look back in his direction.