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Since the 2014-2015 season began, I have been tracking my own internal metrics on Leafs games. I thought I’d take the time to explain what it is I’m keeping record of and what I am hoping to accomplish by doing so. If you do not care and just want to read notes, quotes and ‘5 Things I think I’d Do,’ just scroll down and skip this part; otherwise, read on to learn more about what we are doing here at MLHS to take things (hopefully) to the next level. Corey Sznajder’s zone entry and exit work was released over the summer,...

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The Maple Leafs were faced with a unique opportunity to keep their top prospect in Toronto playing in the AHL, yet they elected to send him back to Sweden instead. Since 2005, 14 players drafted in the top 10 have played their draft season across the pond somewhere in Europe or Russia. There is no exact science to developing prospects and every individual person is, of course, unique. That said, odds are that some AHL time will occur, even if only for a handful of games before graduating to the NHL, provided Nylander becomes the player they hope he can be. Nylander...
Jake Gardiner

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In my last post, I looked at which Maple Leaf players are producing their fair share of the offense. In the comments to that post, a few readers wanted me to take a look at the players defensively to see who is performing up to par in that aspect of the game. Today, I'll look at the defensive side of the game in conjunction with their offensive performance. It may be worth while to go back and read it now if you haven't yet read the previous article, but I'll remind you of the process below:  If you are not yet aware,...

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Dion Phaneuf's effectiveness always seems to be a popular matter of debate in the world of hockey. This shouldn't surprise anyone when citing a player who captains an NHL team in a hockey-crazed market like Toronto while carrying a beefy cap hit of $7,000,000 per annum. Last season, Dion was subject to incredibly difficult usage at the hands of head coach Randy Carlyle. His teammate Corsi For percentage of 43.4% was the 16th lowest among all defensemen since 2007-08, while his offensive zone start percentage of 37.7% ranks lower than all but 23 blueliners in the Behind the Net era....

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The Toronto Maple Leafs (2-3-1) are in New York to take on the Islanders (4-1-0). Toronto is looking to rebound after two back-to-back losses against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and Saturday with a better effort against the Islanders tonight. Toronto's top lines have come under fire for not producing and need to pick up their output if the team is to improve their recent play. New York has been playing well, but has allowed 3.00 goals a game, ranking them 19th in the league, just ahead of the Maple Leafs in 20th place. Where they are succeeding is in goal scoring, ranked...

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The Maple Leafs' latest hire, Mark Hunter, formerly of the London Knights, will oversee both the pro and amateur scouting departments in the role of 'Director of Player Personnel.' Mark Hunter - Leafs Lunch - Oct. 21st

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It was one of the bigger question marks entering the new Leafs season: Who is going to shut down the opposition's top lines? So far there has been no viable answer. Zetterberg and his line ripped the Leafs apart in the back to back over the weekend. Crosby's line had its way with the Leafs the Saturday before last. Rick Nash was able to pot one before leaving the game to attend the birth of his baby the following Sunday. Six games in, the Leafs sit bottom 10 with a 3.17 goals against per game. https://twitter.com/jonasTSN1050/status/524244193548713985 Line 3 has been the Leafs' best possession line by the...

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Hockey's back! Technically, it was back in my mind with the rookie tournament, but since I basically took the pre-season off because the pre-season is brutal, hockey is back again! The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a lacklustre start and, to be honest, probably have a better record than they deserve through the first week and a half.  A dominating performance against the Avalanche notwithstanding, this team looks out of sorts.  If the reader wants me to say something positive at this point, here it is: Stuart Percy. Percy has been a freckle of light in the cool, damp abyss that...

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Steve Spott on Leafs Lunch.

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Since the 2014-2015 season began, I have been tracking my own internal metrics on Leafs games. I thought I’d take the time to explain what it is I’m keeping record of and what I am hoping to accomplish by doing so. If you do not care and just want to read notes, quotes and ‘5 Things I think I’d Do,’ just scroll down and skip this part; otherwise, read on to learn more about what we are doing here at MLHS to take things (hopefully) to the next level. Corey Sznajder’s zone entry and exit work was released over the summer,...

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With back to back losses to the Detroit Red Wings in the rear view, the Toronto Maple Leafs now look ahead to facing the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Things won't get any easier —Toronto is taking on a Islander team that is on fire and appears to be the real deal with a 0.800 win percentage. Trying to take positives from a team that's coming off of back-to-back losses to the Wings, the Maple Leafs haven't held a team goalless in regulation in almost a full calendar year (Oct. 29th - 4-0 win vs Edmonton). You can see in fits and starts that the Leafs...

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This was a bit of an odd game, scoring chance wise. The Maple Leafs had a superior possession performance to what they managed Friday night, but -- particularly in the third period -- they weren't able to turn that possession into scoring chances, as they generated few shots from the 'home plate' area. Jonas Gustavsson had to make saves down the stretch, but wasn't tested nearly as stringently as Jonathan  Bernier was. This shows in the chances, as the Leafs were beaten by a similar margin to Friday night's game, despite the fact it was a better game from Toronto. It was...