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Leafs Geeks Podcast – X’s and O’s with Gus Katsaros

Gus Katsaros from (Scout for McKeens & writer for Maple Leafs Hotstove) joins us this week to break down the Leafs’ play in each zone to help explain why they’ve been struggling lately. Here’s a list of the topics we discuss: 1:08 – The Eye Test vs Analytics “debate”. 7:38 – Why have the Leafs…

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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…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – Midseason Report Cards

Since I haven’t put out a podcast in over a week, here’s a fun treat: two new episodes! Theo and I thought it would be fun to grade each Maple Leaf’s performance throughout the first half of the season. We wanted to dive deep with our analysis, so we decided to split the podcast into two…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – World Juniors with Ryan Biech

This week Ryan Biech from Sportsnet650, The Athletic, and CanucksArmy joins us to break down our favourite players from the World Juniors. Here’s a list of the prospects we discuss: 2:47 – Timothy Liljegren (Sweden, TOR) 9:08 – Elias Pettersson (Sweden, VAN) 12:34 – Alex Nylander (Sweden, BUF) 14:19 – Cale Makar (Canada, COL) 16:44…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – Breaking Down Babcock with Prashanth Iyer

This week Prashanth Iyer joins us to break down the man, the myth, the legend: Mike Babcock. After 2.5 years of coaching the Leafs and 10 years in Detroit, Prashanth and I discuss some of the trends we’ve noticed in Babcock’s decision making over the years. Here’s a list of the topics we touch on: 1:27 –…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – 2018 NHL Draft Preview

This week Will Scouch (@Scouching on Hockey Twitter) joins us to take an early look at some notable prospects in the 2018 NHL Draft. Since the Leafs are very likely to make the playoffs, we narrowed our focus to players projected to go in the mid-late 1st round. Here’s a list of the prospects we…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – Christmas Wishlist

This week TLN’s own Dylan Fremlin joins me go through our Christmas Wishlist for the Maple Leafs. Here’s a breakdown of our Christmas wishes: 2:13 – Rielly & Hainsey continuing their stellar play. 12:32 – Icing a good 4th line (without Nylander/Marner) 23:08 – Marner’s shooting luck turning around. 31:27 – Different D Pairings. 44:28 –…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – Hot Takes

This week @Totally_Offside from Hockey Twitter joins us to discuss some hot takes about the Leafs. Here’s a list of the topics that we debate: 2:01 – The Leafs’ D core is #ActuallyGood (they don’t need to trade for a Top 4 D) 19:05 – Marner & Nylander are actually having better seasons than last year. 33:17…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – Prospect Update with Scott Wheeler

Scott Wheeler from The Athletic joins us this week to analyze some of the Leafs’ top prospects. Here’s a list of the players we discuss: 1:16 – Timothy Liljegren. 6:29 – Travis Dermott. 11:14 – Dmytro Timashov. 13:17 – Mason Marchment. 16:22 – Andreas Johnsson. 18:50 – Jeremy Bracco & Adam Brooks. 22:46 – Yegor…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – Fun Over/Under Bets

Theo joins us this week (for once) to go through some fun Over/Under bets that our listeners helped us come up with. Here’s a list of the topics that we debated: 1:44 – 12.5 Games for Soshnikov. 7:23 – 38.5 Games for Leivo. 12:09 – 73% TOI at 4v5 for Hainsey. 17:12 – 39.5 Goals…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – PP Analysis with Gus Katsaros

This week we’re joined by one of my favourite analysts, Gus Katsaros, who does work with McKeen’s Hockey, Rotoworld, and Maple Leafs Hot Stove. We thought it would be fun to take a deep dive into the Leafs’ power play, so we tried our best to break down how Toronto’s been able to generate so…

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Leafs Geeks Podcast – What Hockey Can Learn From Basketball

This week I’m joined by Chris Watkins (better known as @yolo_pinyato on Twitter). We’re both huge fans of the NBA, so we thought it would be fun to use our knowledge of basketball analytics and apply some of the concepts to hockey. We tend to learn a lot from other sports (ie. Expected Goals from…