In Episode 20 of the MLHS Podcast, the guys from the
, Arvind and Acting the Fulemin, joined Anthony Petrielli and Ian Tulloch to dissect the disappointing season that was for the Toronto Maple Leafs and where yet another first-round exit leaves the team and the fan base moving forward. Back to Excited Podcast
What the hell happened to the
Leafs in 2020-21? (1:50) Is there something about the
Leafs top players’ (specifically Mitch Marner’s) style of play that makes them easier to gameplan at playoff time? (11:45) The debate around breaking up the core, trading Mitch Marner, and shaking up the team’s roster composition/cap allocation
(17:00) The re-signing of Wayne Simmonds, the team’s bottom-six makeup, and the challenge of improving the forward depth within the existing cap structure
(20:30) What is the “it” factor that is seemingly missing with this team?
(34:30) How hard is it going to be to get “up” for the next regular season?
(40:00) On the importance of building a good third line and potentially spreading out the Big 4 across three lines
(45:00) The team’s ice-time allocation to its top players and the value of rolling lines in the playoffs
(58:30) Sorting through the mess that is the
Leafs‘ power play (1:01:50) The team’s (over?)confidence in its core, how it imbues coaching and management decisions, and Keefe’s coaching performance through two playoff series
(1:12:00) Can a team acquire or develop “killer instinct?”