Peter Holland made his debut for the Leafs last night, playing 12 even strength minutes next to JvR and Kessel. Obviously it was nothing to read too far into, but Holland was strong in the circle (he was only 38% over 4 games in Anaheim, but went 7 for 11 last night), had one good chance in the slot, and showed a smooth skating ability for a big guy.
Said Randy Carlyle: “I thought he did OK, it’s hard when a young guy comes in. It’s not like we hid him in the lineup.. That’s what we believe; if you acquire young players, it wouldn’t be right to put him in a non-offensive situation, so that’s what we’ll continue to do.”
What follows is a list of forwards drafted in the first round between 2004 and 2010, with an 80-game minimum cut off for AHL games played (playoff games were included). At risk of stating the obvious, elite offensive players typically bypass the AHL altogether or play less than 80 games in the AHL before graduating to the NHL full time (Bobby Ryan being a rare exception).
|Rank (AHL PPG)||Forward||Draft - Overall||AHL Games||AHL Points||AHL PPG||NHL PPG|
|1||Bobby Ryan||2005 - 2nd||105||107||1.02||0.92|
|2||Kyle Palmieri||2009 - 26th||150||136||0.91||0.39|
|3||Nazem Kadri||2009 - 7th||130||117||0.90||0.66|
|4||Peter Holland||2009 - 15th||129||114||0.88||0.24|
|5||Jiri Tlusty||2006 - 13th||160||136||0.85||0.40|
|6||Max Pacioretty||2007 - 22nd||87||73||0.84||0.61|
|7||Kyle Turris||2007 - 3rd||86||71||0.83||0.48|
|8||Zach Boychuk||2008 - 14th||270||219||0.81||0.24|
|9||Rob Schremp||2004 - 25th||217||173||0.80||0.47|
|10||Mikkel Boedkker||2008 - 8th||100||72||0.72||0.39|
|11||Brett Connolly||2010 - 6th||94||65||0.69||0.21|
|12||Nino Niederreiter||2010 - 5th||80||54||0.68||0.17|
|13||Cody Hodgson||2008 - 10th||82||54||0.66||0.58|
|13||Michael Grabner||2006 - 14th||212||140||0.66||0.52|
|13||Jack Skille||2005 - 7th||214||142||0.66||0.27|
|16||Joe Colborne||2008 - 16th||169||106||0.63||0.29|
|16||Gilbert Brule||2005 - 6th||102||64||0.63||0.32|
|18||Nicklas Bergfors||2005 - 23rd||257||150||0.58||0.48|
|19||Chris Stewart||2006 - 18th||103||58||0.56||0.62|
|20||Lauri Korpikoski||2004 - 19th||179||99||0.55||0.34|
|20||Mark Zagrapan||2005 - 13th||238||131||0.55||0|
|22||Jordan Caron||2009 - 25th||125||68||0.54||0.27|
|23||Mattias Tedenby||2008 - 24th||84||44||0.52||0.26|
|24||Trevor Lewis||2006 - 17th||204||101||0.49||0.17|
|25||Carter Ashton||2009 - 29th||146||65||0.45||0.04|
|25||Chris Chuko||2004 - 24th||283||127||0.45||0|
|27||Kyle Beach||2008 - 11th||170||75||0.44||0|
|27||Jim O’Brien||2007 - 29th||221||97||0.44||0.19|
|29||Greg Nemisz||2008 - 25th||202||84||0.42||0.07|
|30||Kyle Chipchurra||2004 - 18th||214||90||0.42||0.22|
|31||Colton Gilles||2007 - 16th||183||69||0.38||0.12|
|31||Kendal McArdle||2005 - 20th||215||81||0.38||0.07|
|33||Angelo Esposito||2007 - 20th||124||38||0.31||0|
|34||Ryan O’Marra||2005 - 15th||299||89||0.30||0.21|
To keep it short and easy for your Sunday morning: while Holland has been slower to emerge than some of the top players on this list, he has the AHL numbers to suggest he could be an above-average-to-good NHL point producer down the road. His NHL point-per-game rate so far ranks him pretty low, but that doesn’t mean much given he’s only played 29 games.
In the short term, we will have to see if Holland sticks with the big club, and if he does where he will fit once Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri return (which for Kadri will be Thursday vs. the Predators; Bozak is eligible to return for that game as well, but it will depend on if he’s ready).
Holland after last night’s game:
LOL are some ppl regretting the bernier deal b/c of scrivens getting back 2 back shut outs? come on, remember Js Girgure had b2b shut outs for us too and it didn't mean anything
Hendricks tapped out in the first round last night. Ref missed the tap. Just as GSP was letting go of the guillotine
Until Scrivens faces the volume of shots Bernier has, and starts over half the games for his team with a good record, I'm not going to be bent out of shape about losing Scrivens.
The Leafs have absolutely needed two lights out goaltenders to even be 12-7-1... so to think we should be regretting the deal is insane. Happily wrong about not needing him. Unfortunately, that's partially because we haven't improved as a team yet this season (over last season).
So what gives with our team? Are we in for a long season? Is this just a first 20 game coast-a-thon? I don't know what has happened to the team I loved from last year, but so far this year we have won a lot of ugly, uninspiring games. It is great to win, and perhaps in a way even greater when you win while paying bad, but generally you have to have some good games. But I just have not seen it. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned. Injuries and suspensions are playing a role but I don't see it being that big of a factor.
good for scrivens hope he has a solid long career but Id still make the trade again and again and again
So, I'm going to be in the GTA tomorrow morning. Would anybody know as to whether or not the Leafs practice tomorrow, the time, and if it's open to the public? Thanks so much for any help!
Just looked this up now, potential Team Canada goalie save percentages since the beginning of last season:
1. Jonathan Bernier= 0.931
2. James Reimer= 0.928
3. Braden Holtby= 0.922
4. Corey Crawford= 0.919
5. Marc-Andre Fleury= 0.917
6. Carey Price= 0.916
7. Mike Smith= 0.913
8. Devan Dubnyk= 0.911
9. Roberto Luongo= 0.910
Don't want to go overboard, but he didn't look out of place. I think that was the general consensus.
@TuckerForPunishment Wow...certainly does seem like GSP lets go because he feels the tap. Kinda puts a different spin on things, eh?
@Loric76 based on TSN stats, which seem to draw the minimum game line at 8, Reimer and Bernier are #5 and #6 respectively
@B_Leaf Exactly how I feel. I'll take 12-7-1, but there has to be improvement soon, or this season will go off the rails.
We were amazingly lucky in the injury department in last year's half season. Amazingly lucky. And no suspensions. The team hasn't gotten untangled from them yet this season.
I hear what you're saying. The one thing that sticks out for me, however, is that this team has only given up 5 game in regulation time twice, once to Columbus in a loss and once to Edmonton in an OT wiin. It will happen eventually but we don't seem to get blown out like in past years.
Bottom line is that the play has been spotty at times, but with the probability that we get better over time as we get back top 9 players.
@B_Leaf Agreed with you for the most part, although I think there have been a few good games (vs. Montreal, Edmonton (second one), Pittsburgh, Anaheim off the top of my head)
@B_Leaf I was from his rookie tournament on
@Xxxxxnew I didn't think my comment was overboard at all. Would've had his first assist as a Leaf if Kessel gets a bigger chunk of that backdoor tap in . Played a solid game, reminds me of Bozak, but from the left side of the stick to be honest.
@Alec Brownscombe I saw this last night. GSP was squeezing the fuck out of him. Hendricks was about to black out and tapped just as Georges let him go. I was like WTF??? He tapped. But thought maybe I was seeing things.
That is no doubt a tap.
@Xxxxxnew We were missing our 2nd best player for almost the whole season last year, and our top pair defender was injured. Even Reimer went down for a few weeks. Not that lucky.
Also don't think a 2-3 second half choke is gonna be enough to get him.
And why would he tap after GSP released the choke?
@TuckerForPunishment @Alec Brownscombe Watching this again - I actually don't think it's a tap. Hendricks is pushing off GSP with his left leg, which is folded under GSP, and Hendricks' right forearm/arm is leveraged against GSP's left thigh. His arm shakes a couple of times. I'm not sure that's anything close to a decisive tap.
@Xxxxxnew Just arguing the point that it was "amazingly lucky". It's far better than our current situation, but still nothing I would call "amazingly lucky".
Those were about 40 very important man games missed for sure. But my quick math tells me that between injuries, among more players, and suspensions we've hit that number this season inside 20 games.
@B_Leaf @Jay31 Some people were saying the same thing about the team during all of last year. In my opinion you're simply remembering last season with a rose-colored lens. There aren't many teams that dominate night in and night out in this parody era NHL. You're asking for a developing team to play like an elite team. Not going to happen over night. That is something you work towards.