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Leafs Notebook – December 29

For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Maple Leafs won 20 games before the official NHL winter break. But, in the eight...

Maple Leafs Prospect Rankings – End of 2014

Introducing the MLHS Maple Leafs top 30 prospect rankings, complete with player-by-player scouting reports. These rankings are based on a combination of the overall talent...

What Does the Future Hold for Jake Gardiner?

And what should the Leafs do with the polarizing young defenceman? The answer isn't an instantly-gratifying one: Continue to be patient. There is currently no bigger...

Optimizing the Leafs Forward Lines

The last three games have really highlighted the Leafs defensive woes, but the problem has been an ongoing one and a significant portion of the...

Nazem Kadri: Is He First Line Material?

Nazem Kadri has faced enormous expectations ever since his name was called by then-Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke at the 2009 NHL entry...

Game 32 Scoring Chances: Hurricanes 4 vs Maple Leafs 1

The opening period of tonight's game was similar to the Leafs' last road outing against Detroit. The difference was that the Hurricanes were able...

Game 31 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Ducks 2

While the score line was different, there was a lot similar between the Leafs' back-to-back wins against the teams from Southern California. Much like Sunday, the...

Leafs Notebook – December 15th

With a minute left in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings, a familiar sight for Toronto Maple Leaf fans was taking place...

JVR, PDO and the Leafs Defense

I didn't have any particular topic I wanted to write about this week, so yesterday morning I asked my twitter followers what they wanted me...

Game 30 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Kings 3 (SO)

Through the first half of this game, the Leafs looked in great shape, especially given it was the second half of a back-to-back; they...

Game 29 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Red Wings 1

Over the last couple of seasons, these types of games from the Leafs have been rare; they were the better team and carried the...

Game 28 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 2 vs. Red Wings 1 (SO)

The Toronto Maple Leafs had one of the worst chance performances I've seen, almost as bad as the game that Buffalo played against them...

Game 27 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 4 vs. Flames 1

If you've been following my scoring chance wrap-ups, there's a lot familiar in the story of tonight's game. The Leafs managed to take the lead...

Leafs Notebook – December 8

There is a well-known saying among hockey executives that goes, “Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make.” When Brendan Shanahan was hired...

Game 26 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Canucks 2

In the first half, this was a similar game to last Saturday's effort against Washington: The Leafs were opportunistic, opening up a 4-0 lead...

Game 25 Scoring Chances: Devils 5 vs. Maple Leafs 3

Toronto had a bad start against a short-handed Devils team, falling behind 8-4 in ES Chances, and 1-0 on the scoreboard. However, they seemed...

Game 24 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 5 vs. Stars 3

The Leafs started December with another strong performance, which was similar to their game against the Capitals.The first period was even in chances at...

Leafs Notebook – December 2

There isn't an elephant in the room when it comes to the Leafs defense, but the question of what to do is bubbling below...

Game 23 Scoring Chances: Maple Leafs 6 vs. Capitals 2

The Maple Leafs were opportunistic early against the Capitals. Despite getting outchanced in the first period, they scored two goals from the point to...

Tyler Bozak is back to his old self. Mostly.

In the summer, I wrote about Bozak's statistically-improved 2013-14 season. In that post, I observed that Bozak had significantly improved his 5v5 offensive production last season,...
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