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Mitch Marner and John Tavares are going to be a glorious duo

John Tavares is a Toronto Maple Leaf and he’s going to play with Mitch Marner at 5v5. That’s going to be a lot of fun. ~Roster projections update~ I've updated the rosters and player logos are now coloured by 2018-19 GAR projections. Some notes to follow but you can check your team here:https://t.co/ilCJMjRiWx pic.twitter.com/CV0FPammOX —…

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Examining Patrick Marleau in the place of Zach Hyman

After two seasons of fans arguing whether or not Zach Hyman warrants a spot glued to Auston Matthews’ hip at 5v5, it looks as if we’re finally going to get to see Matthews with a different winger to his left. It would be easy to look at Patrick Marleau’s 27 goals last year (and 535…

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Top 20 Maple Leaf Prospects 2018: #11 Semyon Der-Arguchintsev

Today we bring you the prospect profile we’ve all been waiting for. Coming in at #11 in our rankings is our tiniest, youngest, adopted son, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. The Peterborough Pete affectionately referred to as SDA is just as exciting as he is tiny and young, so let’s have some fun with this one. The Votes…

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Maybe Later: Mac Hollowell

My Sault Ste. Marie bias is showing, but I’m betting that Kyle Dubas has a stronger bias toward Greyhounds and specifically Mac Hollowell, being that Hollowell was the second last player (12th round, 237th overall) Dubas ever drafted for the Greyhounds, just months prior to being hired by the Maple Leafs in the summer of…

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2017-18 Leafs Season in Review: William Nylander

Hello, friends. Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and saviour, William Nylander? Stats GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS Rel.CF% Rel.xGF% 82 20 41 61 .40 -.67 The Hyman-Matthews-Nylander line was great again at 5v5, operating at a clip of 2.07 rel.CF%, 3.87 rel.xGF% which resulted in a 15.01 rel.GF% largely due to…

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Examining William Nylander’s varying production rates

If you were to take a quick glance at William Nylander’s point production on a per game basis, you’d probably come to the conclusion that he’s performing more or less the same as he did last year. He’s shooting and scoring slightly less, but producing assists at a slightly higher rate, which makes for a…

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Kasperi Kapanen deserves a full-time role with the Leafs

When Kasperi Kapanen gets put in the lineup he immediately becomes the fastest player on the Leafs and, most nights, the fastest skater on the ice at all times. The dude can skate. Kapanen was just sent back to the Marlies, but I’m hoping it’s just to keep him on the ice while the Leafs…

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Travis Dermott might be really good

Travis Dermott has only played four career NHL games, so there isn’t any meaningful data at the NHL level from which to draw any conclusions about his future just yet and data is what I usually lean on in my #analysis. What we do have, however, is our totally unbiased and infallible eye test™ and…

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I love the Carolina Hurricanes and you should too

There is one thing about tomorrow night’s Leafs vs. Hurricanes game that makes me sad: one team has to lose. The best we can all hope for is overtime and then when they don’t score in overtime they forego the shootout by agreeing to share the extra point, with each team receiving 1.5 standings points…

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What’s been driving the Leafs’ improvements on the PK?

Back in September I wrote about the one area I was concerned about in regards to the Leafs heading into the season: the penalty kill. For those of you who, understandably, refuse to consume two of my posts in one sitting, the Leafs gave up a tonne of shots at 4v5 and the only reason…

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Stop playing Roman Polak over Connor Carrick. Please.

Leafs practice D Rielly-Hainsey Gardiner-Carrick Borgman-ZaitsevPolak — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 31, 2017 Thank goodness. Last year’s re-signing of Roman Polak didn’t make sense to me, as he’s always been bad. Over the three seasons prior, Polak’s teams simply performed much worse with him on the ice at 5v5 than they did with him on…