Domenic Galamini (@MimicoHero) is a good follow on Twitter for his daily insights and data visualizations, usually with a Leafs focus. Yesterday, he put together an updated chart on the Leafs off-season additions and subtractions (stats encompass the last three seasons):
Overall, the Leafs’ new additions have had their past linemates own more of the shot attempts with them than away from them. Better than the alternative, but what the Leafs’ coaching staff changes or doesn’t change about their 5v5 systems is going to be the biggest wildcard in all of this.
Newest addition David Booth shines particularly bright in the with-without exercise. Last season (note: the table has his last 3 years of data), Booth collected his points only at evens (got very little powerplay time), playing primarily with Zack Kassian and Brad Richardson at 5v5. He only averaged 13 minutes and change in TOI last season. His individual points percentage is quite high, suggesting he was key to driving the play in the offensive zone for his line. There could be good value here if he can stay healthy. You wonder if his ability to drive the net and work the boards, plus having the speed and nose for the net to play with skilled players like Kadri and Lupul, makes him a potential fit on the wing there (would likely require Lupul flipping to the right wing when he prefers his off wing).
Lots of options, anyway.
Domenic summarizes the off-season like so:
Looks like we've dropped a couple possession anchors, signed a few decent players to cost-efficient deals, and lost some offense.
— Domenic Galamini (@MimicoHero) July 23, 2014
Mason Raymond, who was a de facto top 6er for this team last season (played identical minutes to Kadri), is the primary loss in terms of significant production from last season, and Kulemin’s a bit of a loss as well, but there’s definitely some optimism on my behalf about the potential for improved depth contributions from a properly filled-out forward group. Maybe it’s the allure of the number of unknown commodities being added in on these short deals, but there seems to be a multitude of potential combinations that could give the Leafs a decent-enough bottom six in terms of secondary offense + possession play if the coaching staff pulls the right strings.
Thursday Morning Links:
- MLHS: Part 2 of the Dave Morrison Interview
- MLHS: Part 1 of the Dave Morrison Interview
- Mc79: Leafs & Kings – Two Diametrically Opposed Offences
- TSN: Scott Cullen on the Kyle Dubas hire
- Sportsnet: Stamkos smart to keep the Leafs door open
Feels so good to be a bargaining tool for the biggest names in the game, doesn’t it?
- TLN: On Jonah Hill, Paul DePodesta, and optimism
- TSN1050: Darren Dreger’s segment from yesterday
“There has to have been considerable push from Shanahan & Leiweke. Otherwise I don’t think Nonis makes these decisions to fire Poulin and Loiselle”
“The timing of these moves made at this time would cause some grief across the NHL, but Shanahan represents the Leafs & no one else”
Sportsnet needs to make a progressive move like the Dubas hiring and hire AP (or anyone one from MLHS for that matter haha). Cox and these hacks don't follow the team close enough and are unable to look into underlying issues
I love how Dreger/Cox/Simmons are shitting over the Leafs for axing the old guard and trying to beat down Shanahan and Dubas. Shows their true colours and why none of us should give them the time of day.
I'm gonna rephrase Cox's tweet to what it should have said.
Sleeper agent Reimer successfully cleaned out Leafs deadweight in the front office/bench and spurred the biggest management philosophy change since Ballard died.
So safe to say that the majority of people here are now ok with the Leafs? I know almost all of us were ready to break shit from February to the end of June, so it's nice to see everyone get along at the moment.
I think the best comparable for Gardiner's deal is probably Chris Kreider - even though he's a forward.
Came and made a big impression in 2012, then disappeared last season, then finished very strong this year. Similar path at a different position. Two years at 2.5M for Gardiner.
@Cloud09 beat me too it, great tweet from Mirtle
@Cloud09 Mirtle and Cox need to settle this with a punch up
@Cloud09 The horror... the horror.
@Cloud09 He's still working on that email thingy
@Cloud09 Therefore causing us to actually go out and find news to report on instead of having it spoonfed to us.
if he has a .925+ save percentage and takes back the starter spot I will believe this and my mind will be blown
@Cloud09 I am happy to see a break from the old. What we were doing wasn't working. I'm in a wait and see phase on the results.
@Cloud09 what choice do we have? I could go to another infamous site and spend time whining, but to quote a wise woman:
I ain't got no time for that!
@dlb Mad He is moving to Montreal to cover the Scabs?
@Cloud09 Weirdness of the biz. How Cox has a job continually insulting the readership.
@Cloud09 The whining continues...some real butt hurt reporters
I fucking hate how he is paid to intentionally be an idiot to get a reaction
@Cameron19 I've be guessing $2.75M-$3M but won't complain about $2.5.
@Cameron19 Very close I'd say
@Xxxxxnew sure as hell is better than "30th goalie" in the league
@Burtonboy Smoking gun that the MSM makes shit up for their stories.
@Burtonboy well I guess they should have iced a full lineup then. Listening to everyone you would think that Reimer was the only player on the ice during the collapse
@Yaknowwhat Last year for goalies that played more than 30 games Reimer ranked 28 and Bernier was 7th.
@dlb Mad @The_Polish_Cannon Yes technically the team did lose because they no longer had the elite level goaltending that allowed them to win games, but that shouldn't take away from the core problems of the team. It's lazy to simply blame the goaltender for the team's collapse because he only played from average to good.