Friday, March 27, 2015

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With Connor McDavid on the sidelines (resting for the playoffs), Dylan Strome put together a six-point afternoon versus Niagara yesterday, including four goals, to capture the OHL scoring title from Mitch Marner's grasp. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lOUVrwCZhE With both putting up fantastic draft year seasons and Marner technically still edging Strome on points per game, the debate as to who goes fourth behind the consensus top 3 of Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin is unlikely to rest anytime before the draft. And as we're all well aware, their current fourth overall draft standing places the Leafs central to that debate. Strome vs. Marner has been written...
Randy Carlyle Peter Horachek

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When the Maple Leafs fired Randy Carlyle 40 games into the season, their record stood at 21-16-3. They are 6-22-3 since then. On the surface, that is nothing but ugly and it has led to some half-sarcastic comments suggesting Carlyle should win coach of the year. Let’s explore it. The first thing to note is that, while the team was technically in a playoff position by overall points, they were not by points percentage. Throughout the season, the constant discrepancies in games played between teams mean there is more value in looking at points per game compared to overall points. The Leafs were...

Toronto Maple Leafs - Recent Posts

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The Leafs had a great start, out-chancing the Wild 6-4, and were unfortunate to trail after the opening period when Coyle scored a goal in the last minute to put Minnesota ahead. Toronto responded poorly in the second, as Minnesota dominated much of the period, and only Jonathan Bernier managed to keep them in it. So, it was unfortunate that a second Minnesota goal went right through the Leaf goalie in the third period, which looked like it might be the dagger to the Leafs' hopes. A rare thing happened after that, as Toronto made a real push in the...

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Minnesota Wild Projected Lines Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville Nino Niederreiter - Mikko Koivu - Chris Stewart Thomas Vanek - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine Sean Bergenheim - Erik Haula - Kyle Brodziak Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon Jordan Leopold - Matt Dumba Devan Dubnyk Niklas Backstrom Scratched: Jordan Schroeder, Darcy Kuemper, Christian Folin, Ryan Carter Injured: Nate Prosser (lower body), Matt Cooke (sports hernia), Jason Zucker (clavicle), Keith Ballard (concussion/facial fractures) Maple Leafs Projected Lines James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel Joffrey Lupul - Trevor Smith - David Booth Zach Sill - Leo Komarov - Richard Panik Joakim Lindstrom - Sam Carrick - Brandon...
Mark Hunter

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Toronto Maple Leafs Director of player personnel Mark Hunter joined Leafs Lunch to discuss the recent signings of Casey Bailey and Nikita Soshnikov, the depth of talent in the organization, and the upcoming draft. Nikita Soshnikov: We got a lead from Evgeny Namestnikov, who we hired as a scout for us over in Russia. He said come over to watch this young man who he liked a lot, who he coached. He’s a kid that plays a hard-nosed, two way game, he’s got some good skills, but lots of effort. It’s a big part of game, effort. Casey Bailey: He’s going to get...

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For the fifth straight game, the Leafs were badly out-chanced in the opening period. Ottawa dominated proceedings, getting ten of the eleven chances and beating the Leafs 7-1 at ES, including two goals. The Leafs managed to show some good fight in the second. After an early exchange of goals, Toronto carried the play, and were rewarded with a pair of goals. A costly power-play marker for Ottawa in the last minute of the period put the Sens back ahead, and Toronto weren't able to keep up the pressure in the third, as Ottawa had almost all the chances. The...

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Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup Richard Panik – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel James van Riemsdyk – Trevor Smith – Joffrey Lupul Joakim Lindstrom – Keo Komarov – David Booth Zach Sill – Sam Carrick – Brandon Kozun Jake Gardiner – Dion Phaneuf Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly Tim Erixon - Andrew MacWilliam James Reimer Jonathan Bernier Scratched: None Suspended: Nazem Kadri Injured: Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (abdominal surgery), Peter Holland (lower body) Ottawa Senators Projected Lineup Milan Michalek – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone Matt Puempel – Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan Erik Condra – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Curtis Lazar Mike Hoffman – David Legwand – Alex Chiasson Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson Patrick Wiercioch -...

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A day after signing the undrafted Nikita Shoshnikov out of the KHL, the Maple Leafs have landed 23-year-old college free agent forward Casey Bailey, signing him to a two-year entry level contract. https://twitter.com/friedgehnic/status/579413523018723328 Here's a good in-depth read on Bailey from SB Nation's College Hockey website. One of the things a bad team can offer young undrafted free agent talent out of college is not having to wait or scratch and claw so much for opportunity at the NHL level. Look no further than the example of former University of Denver free agent forward Tyler Bozak, whose agent Pat Morris said as much last month: I think,...
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General Manager Dave Nonis addresses the media in Ottawa about the new signing of Penn State forward Casey Bailey.
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The Maple Leafs have taken a flyer on undrafted 21-year-old Russian winger Nikita Soshnikov. Nikita Shoshnikov played his major junior hockey in the Molodezhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga (MHL). In his final season in the MHL, he finished second in the League in goals with 38 in 59 games and sixth in points with 72. Shoshnikov entered the KHL for Atlant as a 20-year-old in 2013-14 and finished third in scoring among rookies. His 34 points this past season were good enough for fourth in scoring among KHL players 24 and under. Shoshnikov’s season ended in February after his Atlant team just missed the...