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William Nylander puts on a show at the World Championships

William Nylander did William Nylander stuff yesterday while playing with one of his childhood idols, Nicklas Backstrom. Nylander, who is a perfect human being, scored two goals on five shots and added an assist on a Backstrom goal. Also, both goals were absolutely gorgeous. On his first goal, Nylander took a very nice feed from…

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Nylander’s lack of 5v5 scoring touch may not just be luck

Before William Nylander caught fire in the second half of the 2016/17 season, I wrote this short piece basically saying that the process was there and the results were bound to come. It would be easy to say “I told you so,” but there are some things I glossed over at the time which I’d like…

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The unclear future of Frank Corr… err, Josh Leivo

Josh Leivo received the Frank Corrado treatment this season. Good enough that the Leafs knew they would lose him if they put him on waivers, but apparently not good enough to crack the big league lineup. For some reason, though, it didn’t quite get the same attention as Corrado’s treatment did. Maybe it was because…

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Playoff breakout/flameout candidates

The arrival of playoff hockey also signals prime time for hot takes in the hockey world. Some individuals will be heralded as “clutch players” forever because 30% of their shots went in the net in a small sample size, while others will be scrutinized for the remainder of their careers for various reasons, some legitimate…

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Assembling the optimal Maple Leafs lineup using playing styles

Ryan Stimson, creator of “The Passing Project,” recently released a very interesting piece which aims to identify playing styles and which playing styles should theoretically drive goal differentials best when combined. Stimson used k-means clustering (read more about k-means here) to group players together with players who had similar offensive playing styles. This is how the algorithm…