In this week’s edition of the MLHS Podcast, Nick Ashbourne and Anthony Petrielli discuss the Leafs’ ugly loss to New Jersey, the balance between Cup expectations and developmental goals, and a new approach to line configuration/matchup game versus Florida or Boston in the playoffs.

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Episode Topics

  • The major takeaways from the Maple Leafs‘ 1-2-1 week after losses to Carolina and New Jersey, including the “gifts” they’re giving to the opposition this season (1:20)
  • Sheldon Keefe’s critical assessment of the team’s “immaturity” vs. New Jersey and the impact of missing key veterans from the lineup (6:50)
  • Has Sheldon Keefe coached well under difficult circumstances, or has he failed to bring the team to the next level and eliminate familiar problems from the past? (18:45)
  • What is the right balance between Cup expectations and the important developmental goals of this Leafs team (McMann, Benoit, Knies, Robertson, Holmberg, Woll)? (30:50)
  • Does the urgency for Keefe to win playoff rounds in his sixth season affect his decision-making about veterans vs. inexperienced options? (48:30)
  • Marveling at the Conor Timmins experience (54:45)
  • The argument for a different approach to the matchup game vs. Florida and Boston than past playoffs (1:01:00)