Mike Babcock on the Toronto Maple Leafs bench

Leafs Notebook – Mike Babcock’s line shuffles & an adjustment for the power play...

One of the constants throughout the 2016-17 season was Mike Babcock's line combinations. At one point in the middle of the campaign, he noted that,...
Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate a goal agains the Anaheim Ducks

The Toronto Maple Leafs and high-danger scoring chances

It’s an age-old mantra and every hockey coach’s plea: Go to the net and good things happen. Knowing scoring from in close is a consistent...
Auston Matthews and William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – Taking stock at the quarter pole, line shuffles & breakouts –...

“You’re never as good as you think you are when you win, and you’re never as bad as you feel when you lose.” The Toronto...
Mike Babcock, head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Compete: Defining and Illustrating a Nebulous Hockey Concept

I often have difficulty deciphering what coaches mean by “compete.” Here is an example from Mike Babcock. In the quote below, my focus is on...

Leafs Notebook – The Nikita Zaitsev contract, Morgan Rielly’s hot start & recent adjustments...

This past Spring, before he became a restricted free agent, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year, $31.5 million deal. The $4.5...
Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Rielly the Rusher: A look at the defenceman’s strong first quarter

There has been lots of love lately for the stellar play of Morgan Rielly and his partnership with free agent signing Ron Hainsey. I had...
Mike Babcock

Leafs Notebook – Adjustments needed after 2-6 stretch – November 6

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t the first team to eat some humble pie on a west coast road trip, nor will they be the...

Nazem Kadri and the Misconceptions Around Defense

Nazem Kadri has become quite the hockey player. He exhibits an excellent mix of physical persistence and belligerence that makes him difficult to play...
Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – Dissecting Frederik Andersen’s slow start – October 30

Maybe October just isn’t Frederik Andersen’s month. Last season, he was the new goalie in town and had the type of slow start that gave...

On Mitch Marner’s start and the Roman Polak signing 

This week, we'll take a look at the numbers behind Mitch Marner's slow-ish start and the decision to bring back Roman Polak on a...

Leafs Notebook – Defence pairs, the Roman Polak signing, “trapping” the Leafs & more...

There has been a common refrain from the Toronto Maple Leafs' opponents so far this season that has gone something along the lines of:...
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – An early look at ice time distribution – October 18

Six games into the season, pretty well everything is coming up roses for the 5-1-0 Toronto Maple Leafs. They lead the league in goals per...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game Tape: Breaking down the goals against versus the Montreal Canadiens

Each of the Montreal Canadiens goals on Saturday night was created by an error from a Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman. Alex Galchenyuk’s marker may be...
Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – A Scintillating Start – October 10

Three games into the Toronto Maple Leafs season, Joel Quenneville has summed it up best so far: "They're good. They're really good. They've got...

Why the Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff road may run through Montreal

Watching the Maple Leafs dismantle the Jets in the regular season opener loosened the ghosts that lurk in the corners of my mind, fuelling...

Leafs Notebook – Opening Day Edition – October 4

As the Toronto Maple Leafs get set to kick-off the 2017-2018 season in Winnipeg, the team and its fan base are full of hope. They...

Leafs Notebook – Roster battles and the Zach Hyman/Auston Matthews debate – September 25

When Patrick Marleau signed a three-year, $18.75 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs this past summer, many thought it would come with an...

Optimism, Pessimism and General Thoughts Heading into the 2017-2018 Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs enter the 2017-18 season with a much different vibe around the team than last Fall. They "bought" this summer and...

Leafs Offseason Notebook: JVR Watch, Sophomore Slumps, Defence Planning

As summer enters the dog days and the Toronto Maple Leafs' offseason looks more or less complete, I can’t help but think of a...

Reliving the first 88 games of Auston Matthews – Highlights, Commentary & Analysis

I started out my Auston Matthews video series on a whim. With the palpable excitement surrounding his debut, I recorded the first few games...

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