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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« on: August 25, 2016, 09:37:24 AM »
PPP: 13. Dmytro Timashov
TLN: 8. Dmytro Timashov

Timashov was my favourite pick after Marner in 2014. He's got every tool outside of size (but strength is not an issue). He's Marlie-eligible this year, and I can see him staying there for the next two years, with brief stints in the NHL on call ups. Plays a similar game to Soshnikov, but with more skill and playmaking and more development runway. He would have placed higher in my personal T25U25 list (bottom half of top 10).

Alot has happened in Leafland recently for sure, making Marner and Timashov's draft seem like ages ago, but they were in fact drafted in 2015, just to clarify.

Haha, you're right. That's what happens when I don't check my work.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« on: August 25, 2016, 09:10:54 AM »
PPP: 12. Andreas Johnson
TLN: 7. Andreas Johnson

We have yet another confluence of voting.

Judging by these write ups, Andreas Johnson is a leopard. Not the biggest cat. Not the fastest cat. Not the strongest cat. But he will find that perfect spot to sit and wait. And he will get you. And you won't see it coming.

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I didn't know much about this guy, so I appreciate MLHS going out to get the third party goods.

https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2016/08/24/kerby-rychel-qa-aaron-portzline/

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In terms of when he has been in the NHL, Kerby only played 9:30 on average in 32 games last season. What was the relationship with John Tortorella like? Was he given a fair shake in your estimation?

Portzline: Tortorella was there for this year but Kerby had been up in previous years, and I don’t think much was different. Honestly, watching the games he played, there were some times where we would think, “Boy, Kerby Rychel looks like he’s a difference maker. He’s playing a very forceful game.” But there were a lot of times and a lot of games where he would fade and he wasn’t an impact player. I don’t recall games where I thought, “he should be playing more,” based on his performance.

When you look at the situation the Blue Jackets were in — so far out of the playoffs — you think, “why wouldn’t they play a kid like this more?” But I can’t say that there were times that he deserved a tonne of ice time at the NHL level and didn’t get it. I don’t think that would be fair or accurate.

Looks like some top minutes with the Marlies will elevate his game.

Not too sure about a player whose intrinsic motivation is tied to his perception of external factors, but there is talent there and there is room here to grow.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Defensive Logjam
« on: August 24, 2016, 12:43:19 PM »
In ascending order of how mad I would be if these things happened:
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D: Polak and Hunwick traded for Ristolainen/Lindholm
;D: Polak or Hunwick traded for late picks
8): Polak or Hunwick sent to minors
:o: Zaitsev is a bust and sent to minors
:(: Corrado lost on waivers
>:(: Marincin lost on waivers
>:( >:( >:( >:( >:( :'(: Carrick lost on waivers
So Furious: Gardiner or Rielly lost on waivers

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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: Brampton Beast: Trolololol
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:55:44 AM »
Oh, but you didn't post the responses from the other teams!

I like to leave room for others to play =)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Defensive Logjam
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:47:37 AM »
http://theleafsnation.com/2016/8/23/will-roman-polak-play-for-the-marlies-this-season

This would assuage my trepidations greatly.

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Let's get back to my earlier question: why would the Leafs give a $2.25M contract to a player they expect to be a healthy scratch for most of the season?  Well, if that's what they expected it would be very strange.  But what if that's not the plan?  What if the plan is for him to play for the Marlies?

In that case, the $2.25M kind of makes sense.  In order to play for the Marlies, Roman Polak would have to pass through waivers.  At a low contract value (say, $1M) there's a reasonable chance that a team would claim him.  By the beginning of the NHL season, there will almost certainly be some NHL team that has injuries on defence and could use a cheap replacement.  But $2.25M is a very high cap hit for a waiver claim, especially if it's a player who you only see as a temporary injury replacement.  So by giving Polak a higher cap hit than his roster spot would seem to suggest he should have, you can protect him from waiver claims.

Polak in the minors recoups 950k on the cap, which pays for Zaitsev and change. On top of that, there is a dearth of RHD on the Marlies at the moment and Polak has the best chances between him, Corrado, and Carrick of passing through waivers.

NHL teams could still pick him up at the deadline on the cheap for depth on their playoff drives, knowing he can at least hold down a 5/6 position and play a simple game.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:06:10 AM »
PPP: 13. Dmytro Timashov
TLN: 8. Dmytro Timashov

Timashov was my favourite pick after Marner in 2014 2015. He's got every tool outside of size (but strength is not an issue). He's Marlie-eligible this year, and I can see him staying there for the next two years, with brief stints in the NHL on call ups. Plays a similar game to Soshnikov, but with more skill and playmaking and more development runway. He would have placed higher in my personal T25U25 list (bottom half of top 10).

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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Brampton Beast: Trolololol
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:00:29 AM »
http://bramptonbeast.com/news/?article_id=813&full=1

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The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, are all but assured a successful 2016-17 ECHL season thanks to a timely ‘blessing’ from one of pop culture’s most visionary figures.

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Mr. B’s success rate is uncanny; as he is credited for the success of Canada’s own Toronto Blue Jays ahead of their momentous win over the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALDS in October, 2015, among other large scale successes in professional sport.

On Monday, August 22, The BasedGod decided to extend his reach in professional sport to the ECHL for the first time ever, and chose to ‘bless’ the Brampton Beast ahead of their third ECHL season.

The ‘blessing’ may very well mean a Kelly Cup Championship is in the cards for the Beast for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

As Canada’s only ECHL franchise, the Beast have chosen to embody the giving nature that Canadians are known to uphold and have offered to extend an olive branch to their ECHL competitors who now fear playing against the Brampton Beast.

[...]

The Beast would like to offer our ECHL competitors the opportunity to forfeit their scheduled contests against the Beast organization in an effort get a head start on the 2017-18 ECHL season.

[...]

Please submit your admitted defeat via the online form found below.


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Defensive Logjam
« on: August 23, 2016, 02:31:49 PM »
https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2016/08/23/toronto-maple-leafs-system-analysis-the-power-play/

More great MLHS content. Analysis of the Leafs' PP breakout and zone entry strategy shows the heavy reliance on our back-end mobility.

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The two-punch drop pass game plan is what the Leafs primarily build their breakout around. Either, a) Rielly/Gardiner is able to back off the forecheck with speed before dropping it to a forward to skate in, or b) the opponent plays the drop pass and Rielly/Gardiner try to skate it in clean, or c) Rielly/Gardiner skates it in as far as he can before passing to one of the wingers on the wall. Everyone has a role.

It is not overly complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Some teams implement a minimum of five different breakouts and never use the same one twice in the same power play play. For Toronto, with this punch and counter-punch combo, it’s largely unnecessary. Teams can’t play both, and the penalty killers’ gaps can’t make up the difference for the speed of the quarterbacks and the drop pass; when the breakout breaks down is when the player leading the rush makes the wrong read. I suspect the staff will add more layers to their breakout over time, as their group matures.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Brandon Prust signed to a PTO
« on: August 23, 2016, 10:39:02 AM »
https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2016/08/22/lou-lamoriello-on-jhonas-enroth-mark-hunters-promotion-brandon-prusts-pto/

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You’re bringing in Prust. We know what kind of player he is. You signed Matt Martin. Did you feel that this team did not have enough of the physical, sandpaper element last year that it’s going to need more of?

Lamoriello: I think that we lacked an ingredient in the lineup. Not that the philosophy of the lineup has changed, not that the speed and the abilities that we’d like to see this team have [has changed]. I just believe, and I know Mike believes the same way, that there were times that some of our players, I don’t think, were allowed to do some of the things that you should be able to do out there. That was one of the reasons, certainly, that Roman Polak was brought back. Also, I think they’re quality people and sometimes people play just a little taller.

The rest of the interview spans several topics, considering all the activity yesterday: Enroth, Vesey/Scouting/College, PTOs, Hunter's promotion. Worth a read, even though Lou says nothing as usual.

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Jimmy Vesey
« on: August 23, 2016, 10:27:31 AM »
It genuinely bums me out that Mike Harrington basically has a job for life (or until the Buffalo News files for bankruptcy). He'll never be fired for writing this type of garbage or acting the way he does on his twitter account.

I do believe it is encouraged/mandatory behaviour. He certainly drew my eyeballs.

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Leafs Media Rumours / Re: Jimmy Vesey
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:24:02 AM »
http://sabres.buffalonews.com/2016/08/20/few-came-off-well-during-vesey-watch/

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The circus tents that surrounded Vesey were pitched outside of Buffalo. The Sabres never really had a chance in this race and, from an outside view, the amount of tampering that had to be taking place in recent weeks looks ridiculous.

Let’s not forget this important point: Vesey was not a free agent until midnight on Tuesday. He was Sabres property until then. But that didn’t stop agents Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli from doing numerous media interviews the last month espousing the virtues of what it would be like for Vesey to play in Boston, or in Chicago, or (hmmm) in New York.

That’s shameful stuff right there. The agents should know better.

This guy can never seem to get a win, and seems to still be mad about Babcock.

I found a candid picture of him on the internet.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:10:22 AM »
PPP: 14. Frank Corrado
TLN: 9. Travis Dermott

Because of his interesting acquisition and limited ice time, I know a lot about Frank Corrado, but very little about how he plays. Babcock fed him a steady diet of cushy offensive zone starts and sort of like he did with Rielly (but in reverse), he's going to dangle harder minutes for him to earn. I truly hope he relegates Polak to the bench.

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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: OHL thread....
« on: August 23, 2016, 09:07:49 AM »
Anyone following this weird London Knights memorabilia legal drama?
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The London #Knights have committed fraudulent activity. Arrests coming. Has to do with unauthentic memorabilia sold on CHL auction site.
— OHLInsiders(.com) (@OHLinsiders) August 22, 2016

More here: http://www.lfpress.com/2016/08/22/a-london-collector-who-paid--3510-for-a-game-jersey-worn-by-london-knights-star-mitch-marner-believes-its-actually-in-the-hockey-hall-of-fame

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Brandon Prust signed to a PTO
« on: August 23, 2016, 08:57:20 AM »
TLN with a good write up about the potential motives behind the Prust and Hrabarenka PTOs: http://theleafsnation.com/2016/8/22/leafs-sign-brandon-prust-raman-hrabarenka

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Prust was known to be unhappy with the trade that sent him to the Canucks, because it distanced him from his fiancee in Montreal. It goes without saying that his hope would be to continue to chase his hockey dream from a closer-to-home venue. The Leafs might not be the right fit for him, but they're an ideal place for him to have his re-audition to general managers across the league as the result of that distance.

In return, the Leafs get a player on a short-term basis who knows the rigors of the league as an enforcer and as a general depth forward. Mentorship has been a drum banged by the brass throughout this process, and training camp is when you'll have most of your prospects around looking for a role model to latch onto. If Prust can't find a job, there might be the option of the Marlies as well; he scored 7 points in his 9-game stint with Utica, so the skill level is presumably still there, and with most travel bus-distance away, it might be a situation that works for him.

As for Hrabarenka, he's a right-handed shot. The Leafs have plenty of now those now in Nikita Zaitsev, Frank Corrado, Connor Carrick, and Roman Polak. But at the AHL level, they presently only have Justin Holl. Hrabarenka might be a second right-handed shot to integrate into the lineup, or he might just be a player that Lou Lamoriello once signed and wants to give one more showcase to before he decides to head back to Europe.

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