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Leafs Geeks Podcast – Tactical Analysis with Justin Bourne

Justin Bourne (former Toronto Marlies video coach, currently writing at The Athletic) joins us this week to help bridge the gap between the eye test and the numbers when it comes to analyzing the Leafs’ performance this season. Here’s a list of topics we discuss:

1:12 – Travis Dermott’s potential.
8:15 – Why have the Leafs been struggling with their breakouts?
14:44 – “Staying Above” in the offensive zone (OZ defence).
19:48 – Why you actually should play it “safe” late in a tie game.
23:39 – The role of fighting in the modern game.
29:03 – Frederik Gauthier’s improvement & NHL potential.
32:35 – The Mason Marchment Story.
35:26 – How the Leafs can become a dark horse contender.

I hope you enjoy the episode. Try to hang in there until Tuesday, I know how hard it is living without hockey. Cheers! 🍻