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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 MLB Thread
« on: Today at 01:19:57 PM »
There has been talk the last couple seasons that physical changes to the baseball are causing all these blister issues. Why not go back to the older baseballs and see if there is a drop in pitchers getting blisters?

I read an article the other that said an independent investigation found that the thread used for the seams was thicker than previously (MLB's investigation couldn't determine a specific cause for why the balls were different - just that they were), so, it's not simply a matter of going back to the old balls. They'd have to find the right thread which could require rigorous testing (it wasn't stated whether or not Rawlings had source the thread from a new company or their supplier was now producing thicker thread) and manufacture hundreds of new balls.


Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: Today at 11:15:15 AM »

Martins Dzierkals wills bes playings ins thes KHLs nexts seasons.

I was kind of hoping he'd make the jump to the AHL, but it's not like he lit up the opposition with the Solar Bears. Playing in a higher tier pro-league will only benefit him, without plugging up our dev teams.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: Today at 10:29:59 AM »
For the Athletic subscribers, Jonas Siegel has a great one on one interview with Matthews today.  Touches on Tavares, Babcock, captaincy, expectations for himself and the team etc.

I'm not one to typically post big, exclusive scoops from paywall'd sources, but he also revealed that the team got Marleau to download and use snapchat.


Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: Today at 09:43:34 AM »
PPP: 10. Connor Carrick

PPP favours NHL track record, hence Carrick and Borgman being higher.

Also, there is only so much 'market share' on a team for the free-wheelers and risk-takers, so these bottom guys are expected to be boring and safe. I wish it were otherwise.

TLN: 14. Yegor Korshkov

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: Yesterday at 02:31:32 PM »
Speaking of klunkheads, Dubas wouldve played longer had his career not been derailed with concussions.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: Yesterday at 10:42:02 AM »

Brain health!

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: Yesterday at 09:34:14 AM »
PPP: 11. Andreas Borgman

TLN: 15. Filip Kral

At 5v5, Kral was one of the best defencemen in the WHL last year.

Among all WHL defencemen, he sat 15th in 5v5 Pts/GP with 0.44. All but one player of that fourteen above Kral was younger than him New Jersey Devils prospect and Spokane Chiefs teammate Ty Smith. Considering his age and draft eligibility, Kral should have definitely been talked about more within prospect circles.

All of Krals comparables in the WHL that were taken in the 2018 NHL Draft, were taken much earlier than the fifth round. Jett Woo, Ty Smith, Alexander Alexeyev and Calen Addison, all had similar years to Kral at even-strength. Considering the chart below from Mitch Brown, he looks like a very solid bet to make in the later rounds of the draft.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: August 18, 2018, 10:51:13 AM »
Burke and Nonis had a similar take when running the Leafs regarding analytics, but if I recall correctly, they were being inundated with stat companies trying to break into the league by offering proprietary metrics. For the mathematically disinclined, yeah, it can definitely impede your decision making (that had proven itself effective previously). At a certain age, when youre maybe leaning towards cementing a legacy, going out on a limb that you cannot prove the load-bearing capabilities of is quite challenging.

So it is entirely understandable to me why there is resistance to change, especially to a movement/philosophy that is perceived to be out to tell everyone (and by extension you) has been wrong this whole time re: grit, fighting, hits, blocking, slapshots from the point, dressing room character, WASP values, etc.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Lou Will Not Return
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:08:56 PM »

It would have gotten in the way of signing Matt Martin and Leo Komarov.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:03:08 AM »
Goalies are playing longer now though, right?  Not Bower old, but still.

Lundqvist is 36, Rinne 35...Luongo is 39, but he's hitting a wall.

Can you believe that Tuukka Rask is 31 !?!

Is that actually a new development? Seems to me like top level goalies have always hung on around that long. Hasek, Brodeur, Cujo, Belfour, Vernon...

You could very well be right, I really didn't look into the history of it.

But I guess the point I was trying to make was that it wouldn't be unusual if Price played really well for years to come, even into his mid-late 30's.

Carey Price has a history of knee and other lower body injuries, so I'm not sure how long his body lasts in a position that is so heavily dependent on lower body flexibility and mobility.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: August 17, 2018, 09:53:02 AM »
PPP: 12. Rasmus Sandin

Rasmus Sandin coming in over someone with greater NHL proximity in Carl Grundstrom might be jarring to some, but Sandin is ridiculously smart with and without the puck and could conceivably be the next Travis Dermott (whom we already love). Grundstrom tops out as a complementary/dependent winger who brings a scoring touch with tunnel vision.

Nothing flashy. Just taking the puck to where it should go pretty much every time.

I have Sandin higher than the Brown, Carrick tier in my own minimal-effort ranking. This is not to say Brown and Carrick are not smart. Brown has a lot of the off-puck structure down pat, and is almost always in the right spot to capitalize. And Carrick can breakdown the game and the way to play better than some coaches. Sandin's higher value in my mind comes from his projected impact on the game as a top-4 defender that is always funneling the puck into generating opportunity.

TLN: 17. Eemeli Rasanen

16. Jesper Lindgren

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: August 16, 2018, 01:59:10 PM »

Brain health!

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:03:56 AM »
PPP: 13. Carl Grundstrom

Grundstrom - Tavares - Marner 2020

Bigger/heavier Soshnikov is probably the most apt description of his style of play.

61 points, 49 points, and 53 points, the past 3 seasons.  5th, 11th, and 7th in Norris voting those 3 years, and is the team's captain...all while carrying a cap hit of $4m.

How is he overrated?

He's not at all bad. I just don't want defensemen shooting from the point as often as he does, because that takes away puck touches from your more potent shooters. People don't seem to know how to gauge good defense other than by how much they score, and to a degree that is very valuable, but it doesn't tell us much about how they play without the puck (which is their primary function).

Something might be up:

This is why sites like PPP and TLN post their summer rankings day by day.

I'm ranking Nielsen higher now for this masterful troll job.

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