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Toronto’s Trio Of Top Rookies Is Historically Unique

You’ve probably heard by now that the Toronto Maple Leafs have an unusually talented crop of rookies.  As of Monday night the Leafs had three of the four highest scoring rookies in the NHL, as well as three more in the top 15.  But as much as the Leafs rookies have been talked about, I…

A Look Back At The Trades Of Dave Nonis

Embed from Getty Images With the 2016-17 trade deadline fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane for a retrospective on the trades of the previous management regime.  Dave Nonis was General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs for two and a half seasons, covering three trade deadlines. …

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Digging Into Toronto’s Recent Struggles

Photo Credit: Brad Penner/USA TODAY SPORTS Just over a month ago, on January 17th, the Leafs looked to be in a strong position in the standings.  They had just won four out of five games and were 7th in the Eastern Conference, one point back of sixth with four games in hand.  The standings were tight,…

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Examining the Neutral Zone play of the Leafs’ defence corps

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY SPORTS Many of us who write about hockey from a statistical standpoint are fond of using Corsi, otherwise known as shot attempt ratio, to describe the general flow of play when various players or teams are on the ice.  The idea is that a team with a ratio above 50%…

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The Maple Leafs are in a rather unusual salary cap situation

Photo Credit: Raj Mehta/USA TODAY SPORTS The Toronto Maple Leafs generate an outsized portion of the NHL’s revenues.  The Leafs’ impact on revenue is so great, in 2012 the former head of English television for CBC said that the most recent Hockey Night in Canada contract would not be profitable for the public broadcaster if…

What Happened To Nazem Kadri’s Penalty Drawing Ability?

Embed from Getty Images Over the past few years, Nazem Kadri has been one of the best players in the NHL at drawing penalties.  This was widely talked about among hockey’s analytics community for a while, but last year the idea really seemed to break through, as it became a topic of conversation in far…

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Leafs’ young stars are creating shots at star-like rates

Photo Credit: Perry Nelson/USA TODAY SPORTS Auston Matthews has gotten off to a pretty fast start to his NHL career.  His 9 goals have him tied for the team lead on the Leafs with Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk, while his 17 points are just one off the team lead.  Even more impressive is…

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Should The Leafs Swap Enroth For Ramo?

Embed from Getty Images A few weeks ago when Frederik Andersen was really struggling I wrote an article looking at whether his struggles were out of the norm relative to the rest of his career and found that they weren’t.  Andersen’s first five games with the Leafs did not have good results, but it was…

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What’s Going On With The Leafs Powerplay?

Embed from Getty Images The Toronto Maple Leafs powerplay was confounding in Mike Babcock’s first season as head coach of the team.  They were 3rd in the NHL in shot attempt rate at 5v4, at 103.6 attempts per 60 minutes.  Even more impressive, they were 1st in scoring chance rate, at 28.7 scoring chances per…

I Was Wrong About Tyler Bozak

Embed from Getty Images Over the past four or five seasons, I’ve been a pretty harsh critic of Tyler Bozak.  I’ve frequently argued that he was a poor player propped up by playing with one of the league’s most dynamic wingers, and that if it weren’t for Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak would score very few…

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How Unusual Was Frederik Andersen’s Cold Streak?

Embed from Getty Images The Toronto Maple Leafs made a big bet on Frederik Andersen this summer when they acquired him for Jonathan Bernier and two high draft picks, then proceeded to sign Andersen to a long-term contract extension.  When the new starter struggled to start the season, fans and media alike were concerned about…