The Holiday break is as good a time as any to take a peek at who the Maple Leafs‘ leaders are in the major statistical categories, and how they stack up against the league leaders as of December 24th.
TML:Â Nick Antropov, 13Â (tied 33rd overall)
NHL:Â Jeff Carter (Phi), 26
Jeff.Â Freaking.Â Carter.Â Â Coulda, shoulda, woulda.Â Oh, what might have been.
TML:Â Tomas Kaberle, 22 (tied 19th overall)
NHL:Â Evgeni Malkin (Pit), 43
Despite the many flaws in his defensive game, Tomas is still one of the top outlet passers in the league.
TML:Â Nick Antropov, Matt Stajan, 29 (tied 38th overall)
NHL:Â Evgeni Malkin (Pit), 58
Sid broke the AllStar vote record on name recognition and nationality.Â If it were truly about performance, that record would (as in should) belong to Geno.
TML:Â Alexei Ponikarovsky, Ian White, +7 (tied 75th overall)
NHL:Â Evgeni Malkin (Pit), +22
You just can’t say enough about the resurgence of Wendel White this season.Â ‘Stache Power, baby.
TML:Â Andre Deveaux, 48 (tied 58th overall)
NHL:Â Shane O’Brien (Van), 116
I thought this would be higher, and I thought it would Hollweg leading the way.Â Â Surprising stat.
TML:Â Jamal Mayers, 6 (tied 28th overall)
NHL:Â Jared Boll (Clb), 12
This goes to show how soft the Leafs are up front.Â I hate to say it, but there’s no way to say it other than “wow, fabric softener has more grit than these guys”.
POWER PLAY GOALS
TML:Â Matt Stajan, 5 (tied 28th overall)
NHL:Â Teemu Selanne (Ana), 13
Selanne just continues to amaze.Â Most star players don’t even hit 13 PPG in a season.
TML:Â The Leafs have not scored a short-handed goal this season
NHL:Â Mike Richards (Phi), Jeff Carter (Phi), Simon Gagne (Phi), 4
To date, this is hands-down the most incredible stat of the year.
SHOTS ON GOAL
TML:Â Jason Blake, 100 (tied 39th overall)
NHL:Â Alexander Ovechkin (Wsh), 208
For all the optimists out there, Jason Blake does lead the team in one offensive category.
TML:Â Mikhail Grabovski, 21.8 % (tied 10th overall)
NHL:Â Kyle Wellwood (Van), 31.6 %
FACEOFF WIN %
TML:Â Dominic Moore 54.4% (tied 16th overall)
NHL:Â Radek Bonk (Nsh), 62.8 %
Bonk has clearly been practicing his best Peter Zezel impersonation.Â 63% isn’t just good, it’s freakish.
TML:Â Luke Schenn, 83 (19th overall)
NHL:Â Milan Lucic (Bos), 135
Schenn would be in the top 10 if he hadn’t tweaked the knee.Â Gonna be a helluva player.
TML:Â Jeff Finger, 74 (14th overall)
NHL:Â Zbynek Michalek (Phx), 118
Finger has gone from an unknown to a generally-reliable dman, although personally-speaking, I still think $3.5mil is a tad too much for a one-dimensional player.
(There, that oughta boost the comments nicely.)
TML:Â Grabovski, 36 (tied 9th overall)
NHL:Â Andrei Markov (Mtl), 45
Many of Montreal’s issues this season are explained by that statistic alone.
TML:Â Grabovski, 28 (tied 17th overall)
NHL:Â S.Neidermeyer (Ana), 42
It’s been pleasantly surprising how Grabs has been better-than-advertised,Â from a defensive standpoint.
TIME ON ICE (PER GAME)
TML:Â Kaberle, 23:36 (36th overall)
NHL:Â Phaneuf (Cgy), 27:58
I was actually kind of surprised to see it was Kaberle, not Kubina, leading the Leafs in ice time.
SHOOTOUT GOALS (MINIMUM 3 ATTEMPTS)
TML:Â Nikolai Kulemin, 2 (tied 15th overall)
NHL:Â Woytek Wolski (Col), Nikolai Zherdev (NYR), 5
It’s been an up-and-down rookie season for Kule Hand Nik, but his stickhandling and deking abilities have been as advertised, which gives hope for the future.
SHOOTOUT % (MINIMUM 3 ATTEMPTS)
TML:Â Nikolai Kulemin, 40% (tied 28th overall)
NHL:Â Woytek Wolski (Col), 83.3%
Allow me to introduce Woytek Wolski, aka the 2008-09 version of Jussi Jokinen.