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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…

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Game tape: Leafs vs. Habs goal breakdowns

Five games into the season the Leafs are 4-1-0 and have scored 26 goals in those five games. That is good. It’s also an extremely limited sample size, so it would be silly to draw any strong conclusions from data at this point. Due to this, I’m going to stray from my usual statistically inclined…

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The Leafs need to make some changes to their penalty kill

The Leafs’ special teams play was a huge reason they squeaked into the playoffs in ’16/17 and we should expect the powerplay to be among the league’s best again this season. The penalty kill, though, is not quite as inspiring. At first glance, the Leafs were 11th in goals against per hour on the penalty…

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Projecting Auston Matthews’ 2017-18 point totals

Recently here at TLN, Brock Seguin predicted Auston Matthews would once again hit the 40 goal mark next season (he even gave him an extra goal for good measure) while adding nine assists to last year’s total of 29. This would result in Matthews adding ten points to last year’s total of 69, which, in…

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TLN Top Prospect Rankings 2017: #4 Jeremy Bracco

I would like to make it public knowledge that I fleeced Adam Laskaris by trading him the rights to JD Greenway’s prospect rankings piece and one GIF of JD Greenway for the right to the Jeremy Bracco piece. Don’t let him tell you that he was just doing me a favour because I don’t check…

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TLN Top Prospect Rankings 2017: #12 Andreas Borgman

Coming in right in front of the other recently signed, early 20s defenceman who we know nothing about (Calle Rosen) is Andreas Borgman! As is the case with Rosen, it’s really hard to tell what Borgman projects to be. At 22, Borgman is an older prospect and is approaching the age in which hockey players…

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Ron Hainsey is an upgrade

Morgan Rielly’s new defence partner is a much different player than his partner from last season. I don’t know if Ron Hainsey is significantly better or worse than Nikita Zaitsev, but they’re certainly different players stylistically. Zaitsev is a 25-year-old RHD who just finished his first NHL season in which he played almost all of…