Maple Leafs goalies stopping lots of shots at all levels

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More good Leafs-related news out of the Memorial Cup tournament last night as 2013 sixth round pick Antoine Bibeau’s resounding 47 saves on 50 shots guided his Val-d’Or Foreurs to the semifinals after a 4-3 OT win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Among the 47 turned aside by Bibeau was a penalty shot in the first period.

Traded to Val-d’Or from Charlottetown midseason, Bibeau went 16-4-4 in the playoffs with a .913 save percentage en route to a QMJHL championship and individual MVP honours. Passed over in the 2012 draft, Bibeau is the hottest goalie in junior hockey at the moment and is looking well worth the sixth round flyer the Leafs took on him last June.

Becoming well prepared for life as a Leaf goalie.

A montage of his work this past season:

Matt Finn has two assists in two Guelph wins as the Storm are assured a place in Sunday’s final.

Wednesday Links…

  • Xxxxxnew

    More Bibeau
    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/thn-at-the-memorial-cup-toronto-maple-leafs-prospect-antoine-bibeau-shines/

  • NotSince67

    Xxxxxnew  Gotta love THN. Will the leaf’s buy out David Clarkson? That’s even dumber than signing him to that contract. It’s structured so heavily in signing bonuses that a buyout provides such little relief it’s a non option.
    His source? A tweet. From? Greg Brady.

  • Yan28

    I want Val-d’Or to win this, I don’t care that Finn plays for Storm, I am pulling for this kid right here! Bibeau

  • LeafsForLife

    Cheering for Finn to light things up and for Bibeau to do really great as well.

  • Yan28

    https://twitter.com/KyleTheReporter/status/468935718438707202

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Yan28  Me as well.  He is being hung out to dry by his overmatched team.  There is almost no way they can be expected to win…..but I want them to.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    NotSince67 Xxxxxnew  Fellas.  Never listen to the Hockey News on the Leafs.

  • Burtonboy

    Yep he stopped a penalty shot but he also stopped the guy on a breakaway who drew the penalty. Just watching this kid play you can see he’s got great potential. Poke check ,good glove , etc,etc he’s got the whole package

  • MaxwellHowe

    Maybe Reimer can stop a few against Finland today

  • Komas Taberle

    NotSince67 Xxxxxnew  
    I can’t stand THN or Greg Brady.

  • MaxwellHowe

    CanuckUKinToronto MaxwellHowe More support for my theory that Scrivens would have stolen the #1 job from Reimer last season.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    Nice to see Bibeau bounce back .  Another nice piece on the prospect pile that Leaf haters insist does not exist. It takes 4 or 5 years for most good juniors to either make the grade or fall off the radar , so no sense getting too high or too low. On a similiar note , everyones favourite whipping boy, Steve Simmons , had an interesting piece , wherein he kind of said that advanced statistics aren’t a complete science yet, particularly when it comes to hockey . He compared the Leafs, who get constant criticism for their lousy fenwick/corsi ratings, to the Colorado Avalanche, everyones’ team of the future (my words, not his). Colorado, like the Leafs, live and die by their fancy offensive game, and, solid goaltending . The only real difference from the Leafs, is that the Avs did not die in the stretch run. Their possession numbers are comparable to the Leafs. Yes, they have stud centres , as opposed to dud centres , but the Leafs have a couple of dynamo wingers, and the Avs do not have a Morgan Rielly, or even a Jake Gardiner . Or, even a Phaneuf. I know Dion stunk late in the year, but remove that last 20 games, and the guy was very solid this year.  I cannot discount advanced stats, but it seems to me some people use them as a bible to building a better hockey team. Not yet, folks. The science simply is not yet that “advanced”. Someday ?  Yes, someday . But, not yet. The Leafs have work to do. They need a top end defenceman, and a star centre .  If they had those two pieces , they would likely be a much better team. You don’t need advanced statistics to figure that out. Dave Nonis said it best. Again, my words, but he said, yes, advanced statistics do have some value, but we think theres much more that you need to look at , in measuring a player, or a team.

  • MaxwellHowe

    ~Keon what I don;t get is the aversion to a reset, trading away some high priced talent from an underachieving team, gaining some high draft picks, rebuilding the prospect pool  and moving forward from there.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks !

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/SWhyno https://twitter.com/SWhyno/status/469081365934538752
    Leo Komarov reiterates, “Yeah I want to come back” to the NHL. Doesn’t know if it’ll be with https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash or elsewhere. Is UFA July 1.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Mind Bomb Mornin

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy   Booo, damit Nonis ! Get on this !

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy Given Scott Gordon’s recent remarks, i would assume Nonis and Co. are negotiating with Komarov’s agent right now.

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  I would imagine they are talking with numerous agents. We have a few to get signed

  • Mind Bomb

    ~Keon  2.5 mil on next years Cap, offer 3rd line minutes with the chance to earn more, I would go as high as 3 mil, We gave armstrong that He is exactly the Player we need to spark this line up so I am paying a little more

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy From wikipedia:
    Komarov was born to Russian parents. When he was five years old, Komarov’s family moved to the Swedish speaking town of Nykarleby Finland when his father Alexander Komarov accepted a contract to play ice hockey there.Because his father was an ethnic Karelian the family was able to permanently reside there. Leo Komarov also holds dual Russian-Finnish citizenship.
    Komarov is multi-lingual and can speak four languages: Swedish Finnish Russian and English
    And he is the first Estonian born player to play in the NHL.
    So, his parents were Russian – his father specifically Karelian, whatever that may be. Born in Estonia. Grew up in a Swedish speaking town in Finland.
    So there are like a dozen reasons for Don Cherry to hate him.

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  Who gives a fuck what Don Cherry thinks lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    Mind Bomb ~Keon  This sounds reasonable to me.  There are plenty of players that cen be sent packing to ensure the cap space is available.  And 4-5 years as well (he is only 27)

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe exactly, but its fun to see him riled up

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  Great comedy act

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe Mind Bomb ~Keon  Exactly the cap goes up, his contract gets better, And if we are using , Holland and Ashton, we have some friendly cap hits, and Diamigo.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    ~Keon true….

  • mcloki

    Mind Bomb  Morning MB

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe ~Keon  I agree Leo is the straw that’s stirs the drink but 3 mil per is too high for my liking. Would rather be around 2 ,maybe 2.5

  • mcloki

    Mornign Gents. How’s it going. Been on here sporadically  the last few days. There is no news at all coming out of Leafland. Either nobodies talking or none of the MSM knows who to talk to.

  • Burtonboy

    mcloki  Shanny got a lid on it for sure

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb ~Keon  Armstrong had an NHL resume . Komarov doesn’t.

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki Mind Bomb  Sup MC,

  • Mitch_S2

    Does Mike Richards make sense for the leafs? 

    Adds defensive responsibility, still relatively young, and above all brings leadership. 

    His production has slipped, by alot but i wonder if a fresh start between two wingers like JVR and Kessel could jump start that. 

    I’d still rather a 24 year old O’Reilly but its worth a look. Does Richards get bought out??

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe ~Keon  Aye, but then I stop and think 500k against a 70 ish cap. to put that kind of difference maker on the ice, I would cave and find the Cap lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    Burtonboy The team desperately needs some character and identity. And before anyone goes all David Clarkson on me, we have actually seen what he can do on the Leafs; Scott Gordon specificaly signled the guy out for mention

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb ~Keon  But Koro did it for us, Army did not, we are not hiring off a Resume, we have already seen the product in action that Koro is selling

  • hometeem

    Mitch_S2  do they not have the cap room to resign their players this year or somthin?

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki  Gag order for sure bro

  • Burtonboy

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy  I’m not saying don’t sign him . I want him as bad a anyone but you still can’t go all crazy .

  • Mitch_S2

    hometeem Mitch_S2He has six years remaining at 5.7 mill and hes been relegated to fourth line duty

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto ~Keon  Colby had a 20 goal season in Pitt . Sure he was a dud in Toronto but  there were reasons he got paid what he did

  • Jimmie Dorey

    CanuckUKinToronto ~Keon  If this were true that would make the front office and scouting staff incredibly stupid. Bottom six players are all over the NHL and  AHL and they certainly wouldn’t cost a first or second round pick to acquire.

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb CanuckUKinToronto ~Keon  and Komarov drives Kadri and Lupul to an extra 20 points each.  It’s worth the extra 500k.

  • Rhaegar_

    Mitch_S2  I think the answer is no, but it doesn’t matter, because the chances of Richards waiving to come to Toronto are basically nothing.

  • Loric76

    Mitch_S2 hometeem  maybe we can trade him for Clarkson :)

    In all seriousness though, no thanks.  5.7m per for the second coming of Scott Gomez.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy MaxwellHowe   I can, its not my money :) lol

  • Burtonboy

    Loric76 Burtonboy Mind Bomb CanuckUKinToronto ~Keon  I like your crystal ball  lol . Its a lot better then mine

  • Loric76

    Burtonboy Loric76 Mind Bomb CanuckUKinToronto ~Keon  it’s very smooth and shiney

  • Rhaegar_

    Mind Bomb ~Keon  I don’t see which teams are going to be offering him anything north of 1.5M. He’s totally unproven in the NHL. I’ve never seen a player like him come over and earn a significant contract right off the bat. First time for everything, but you’re offering him more than the KHL did at this point.