Leafs Pre-Game report: October 25th, 2016 – Lightning @ Leafs

Embed from Getty Images LIGHTNING (4-1-0) vs. MAPLE LEAFS (1-1-3) 7:30 PM ET – SN1, TVAS, SUN, NHL.TV The Toronto Maple Leafs are hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the Air Canada Centre. Puck drops at 7:30 for an exciting battle between a potential division winner, and a Leafs team on the rise. Many…

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POSTGAME: Preseason domination for the Maple Leafs over the Sabres | 8-1 Leafs

Photo Credit: Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY SPORTS Following up a disappointing shootout loss in St. Catharines, the Leafs went into Buffalo tonight and ran up the score against a similarly built Sabres team. There’s many indications that the Sabres and Leafs’ common development paths will lead them to be strong rivals, but tonight’s game left no real indication of that….

#RITHAC: Gold Drafting and the Maple Leafs

Embed from Getty Images Recently, an hockey analytics conference was held at Rochester Institute of Technology (known as RITHAC). There were multiple very interesting presentations by smart and interesting people among the analytics community, nice enough to share their smart-ness with the rest of us SMRT people. I want to focus today on the presentation…

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The breakdown of Nylander > Marner

Embed from Getty Images Recently, we finalized the rankings for our site’s Top 20 Leafs Prospects. Review them from the top down here, starting with Auston Matthews. As you’ll note, we had Mitch Marner at #2 and William Nylander at #3. I, however, did not. My personal rankings had Nylander at 2 and Marner at…

The Bozak/Grabovski debate, all over again

Embed from Getty Images Today, a debate formed on Hockey Twitter regarding moves made by Dave Nonis. Specifically, which was the worst. TLN’s own Drag Like Pull had this as his entry: Probably Bozak, especially when you consider they chose him over Grabovski. https://t.co/WfvFkaM2jl — Draglikepull (@draglikepull) August 28, 2016 And, former TLN blogger and…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #3 William Nylander

William “Bill Ny” Nylander is the 3rd ranked player in this year’s TLN Top 20 Prospects. Called by many the most skilled player in his draft year (which looks like it could prove to be true), the Leafs were ecstatic to select this young Swedish player, the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander. Since joining the Maple Leafs,…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #6 Connor Brown

Connor Brown, former Erie Otter and lifelong Leafs fan, comes in at number 6 in our rankings. Similar to yesterday’s piece on 7th placed 7th round pick Andreas Johnson, 6 is also the number of rounds it took for someone to take a chance on Connor Brown. Now, we’re all thankful that that someone was…

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TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #12 Brendan Leipsic

I feel Brendan Leipsic is one of the most overlooked prospects within the Maple Leafs’ development system. It’s a simple case, really. Leipsic is one of a plethora of under-6’0″ wingers that the Leafs have ownership of. It’s not hard to lower your expectations of him when there isn’t that much pressure for him to…

RFAs, the Series – A Self Review

Embed from Getty Images Near the end of the season, on my personal Blogspot Leafs From Rivers, I kicked off a series of posts discussing predictions of how the Leafs would settle with their restricted free agents (RFAs). Now that all of them have signed contracts, I wanted to take some time to review how…

You never played the game

Embed from Getty Images The last few years have seen NHL teams make many analytics hires. Tyler Dellow, Eric Tulsky, and Darryl Metcalf to name a few. A couple days ago, the Montreal Canadiens went backwards and made an analytics firing, letting go of their recently hired analyst Matt Pfeffer Pfeffer released a statement regarding what happened, so I won’t make…