TLN Player Power Rankings: Feb 2, 2015

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Welcome to the new weekly feature on TLN, Player Power
Rankings (More like Powerless Rankings, amirite?) Seriously, the Leafs have
been awful, and what better time to start judging them on a weekly basis. I
assure you with the rankings I am 100% right in my analysis, as I have watched
hockey for a long time.

1. Phil Kessel

He
played in the All-Star game, and while Phil didn’t get any points in a game
that set the record for points. Kessel deserves credit for being in the least embarrassing
game involving a Leaf in the past week. Also he got one of the two goals so
that ain’t hay.

2. James van Riemsdyk

This week’s points leader with 2!

3. Morgan Rielly

If
there was one guy who really stepped up in Phaneuf’s absence, it’s Morgan.

4. James Reimer

The
Leafs have a goaltender who finished the week with a .944% save percentage.
Better not start him again until March.

5. Nazem Kadri

Déjà
vu . Kadri and Kessel didn’t work in one game, Kessel back with Bozak, Kadri
back with the deadline bait. 

6. Tyler Bozak

This
ranking might see a little high to some of you, but please hear me out. He did
have the nice bank pass off the boards this week, which counts as one of the
few highlights for the team and also…

well I guess it was just that nice pass. This week sucked.

7. Mike Santorelli

Remember
when Santorelli was putting up points at the beginning over the year when he
was playing centre? Sure makes it confusing that he’s playing wing on a team
that insists on dressing Trevor Smith. Anyway, he’s ranked 6th in
hopes that we see more of him before he’s traded.

8. Cody Franson

This
week the Leafs reportedly offered Franson
a multiyear deal valued at $4.6million annual. Compared to being paired with
Korbinian Holzer that would likely be the high point of Franson’s week.

9. Jake Gardiner

Gardiner,
not surprisingly, is one of the most improved Leafs under Horachek. He’s seeing
increased icetime, but of course still makes memorable defensive zone mistakes.
Pobody is nerfect, but the chart below makes a case for him being worth the
trouble (source: ownthepuck.blogspot.com)


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10. Jonathan Bernier

During a week in which he gave up a goal from past centre ice, and lost to Devils in a
shootout, Bernier was still one of the bright spots on this team.

11. Daniel Winnik

It’s
been a tough week for Winnik. First he had the high of the Penguins
making an offer on him
. Then the low of learning the Jets have
interest in him
.

12. Dick Panik

A
healthy scratch this week and held pointless in 2015, Somehow Panik is still
middle of the pack by Leafs standards.

13. Roman Polak

14. David Clarkson

I
guess in a week that the Leafs only had two goals, you’ve got give it up for Mimico’s finest
getting a secondary assist. He also had an A on his chest, which could only
mean he slept with

Arthur
Dimmesdale.

15. Peter Holland

Peter
Holland returned and with it, the possibility that Trevor Smith might get
waived. Unfortunately Smith is still here, and the benefit of having an actual
NHL centre back in the lineup didn’t seem the help the Leafs too much either.

16. Joffrey Lupul

Between
injuries, Joffrey played some hockey this week.

17. Leo Komarov

Despite
seeing time with Kadri and Kessel, Uncle Leo was barely noticeable in his
return to the Leafs lineup this week. 

18. Petter Granberg

Granberg
made his season debut this week. Hope it was exciting for him because the rest
of us are still confused why Loov or Percy didn’t get the call. His hit on
Voracek shows that Toronto finally has a Leaf interested in stepping up to fill
the void that Ryan Hollweg left.

19. Stephane Robidas

Not
playing is the best thing Robidas can do for this team, so he’s still got to be
ahead of Holzer, Smith, and Booth. It’s bad when I’m hanging my hopes on Eklund
rumours

20. David Booth

He’s
healthy-ish.


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Didn’t make the cut

  • Korbinian
    Holzer and Trevor Smith, who shouldn’t be here.
  • Josh Leivo who returned to the Marlies
  • Dion Phaneuf, who is either broken or traded for Mike Richards

Be sure to check back next Monday morning to see who is rocketing up the charts and who is the 18 wheeler heading off the cliff (it’s Clarkson, it’s always Clarkson)

  • this should be the lineup:

    jvr-kadri-kessel
    winnik-holland-lupul
    booth-santorelli-panik
    komarov-bozak-clarkson

    gardiner-franson
    rielly-polak
    percy-robidas

    reimer

    bernier hasn’t done a damn thing to justify these starts. he’s been horrendous! reimer isn’t getting any support either but he’s still outperforming bernier

    holzer/granberg/smith shouldn’t be in the nhl. last i heard, percy was injured again so that’s why he wasn’t called up.