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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« Last post by Coco-puffs on August 13, 2018, 10:49:51 AM »
I would do this:

Marleau - Kadri - Marner

Matthews - Johnsson - Nylander

PK - DZ start
Tavares - Hyman
Hainsey - Zaitsev

Lindholm - Kapanen
Marleau - Brown
Marincin - Holl

1.  I'd swap Marleau and Leivo on the PP (plus, if Ennis is in the lineup he'd fit better on the left half-wall).

2.  More importantly, Johnsson is on the PK. 
Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« Last post by Andy on August 13, 2018, 10:33:54 AM »
Reid-Foley starting and Jansen catching tonight. Might have to actually watch this one.
Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official TV Thread
« Last post by Andy on August 13, 2018, 10:33:07 AM »
Anyone else just getting into "The Staircase" on Netflix?  It's been pretty riveting so far. I'm only halfway through but I can't imagine anyone on that jury NOT having reasonable doubt. What a case.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2018-19 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Last post by herman on August 13, 2018, 09:51:27 AM »
The main difference that makes me balk at the Leivo/Marchessault comparison is skating.
Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2018-19
« Last post by herman on August 13, 2018, 09:28:55 AM »
16. Adam Brooks

Brooks' pro career started on the back of a playoff concussion and subsequent off-season mono (Mitch, what you doing? Please make friends with Jack Hughes and Alexis Lafreniere). Because of the Marlies also running Mueller, Smith, Gauthier, and Aaltonen, Brooks didn't get the minutes he was best suited for. He did get a hybrid role though: offensive centre with minimal minutes in overmatch situations. herman is in favour of this sort of 4th line deployment.

Rounding out his defensive acumen and translating his offensive instincts into play without the puck will be the ticket to get him onto the Leafs, likely through the wing as centre redundancy. He's been getting PK reps, a la Kapanen.
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2018-19 Toronto Maple Leafs - General Discussion
« Last post by hockeyfan1 on August 13, 2018, 05:18:53 AM »
How many actually believe this?:

It is in fact a very well-written, well-researched piece on Leivo and why he may be a Leaf version of  a Jonathan Marchassault sample type player.

Checking myself, with a minimum of 131 minutes playing time, Leivo was second to Matthews in the "x goals in 60" for the 2016-2017 season among Leaf forwards:
                                         x goals in
                                         60 minutes

C Auston Matthews      1.3   (1st)
L Josh Leivo                   1.06 (2nd)

However, looking at that same column with the same minimum minutes, Leivo was ninth in that same column ("x goals in 60") for the 2017-2018 season among Leaf forwards:

                                        x goals in
                                        60 minutes

C Auston Matthews     1.09  (1st)
L Josh Leivo                  0.71 (9th)

Let's not forget these are small sample stats, since Leivo hasn't played much to begin with.
Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« Last post by hockeyfan1 on August 13, 2018, 04:01:44 AM »


Starting Pitchers:
Monday August 13  8pm
Sean Reid- Foley RH (Blue Jays)  vs  Brad Keller  RH (Royals)  4-5  3.57 ERA

Tuesday August 14  8pm
Ryan Borucki LH (Blue Jays)  2-2  2.81 ERA  vs  Heath Fillmyer  1-1  3.13 ERA

Wednesday August 15  8pm
Marco Estrada RH (Blue Jays)  5-9  4.84 ERA  vs  Burch Smith RH (Royals)  1-4  6.97 ERA

Thursday August 16  8pm
Sam Gaviglio RH (Blue Jays)  2-5  4.86 ERA  vs  Danny Duffy LH (Royals)  7-1  4.90 ERA

All games on SN & SN590.

Source:   Foxsports,,

The Blue Jays (53-64) come to Kauffman Stadium for a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals (35-82).

The Royals are among one of the worst teams in the A.L. next to the Baltimore Orioles,  and are a whopping 31.0 GB first and dead last in the A.L. Central division.

The Blue Jays, with a better record than either of the above-mentioned cellar dwellars, are themselves 30.5 GB first and fourth in the A.L. East division.

Of course,  Blue Jay fans  already know the playoffs have long been a forgone conclusion.  The real interest and for the rest of the season is to watch the Jays young prospects and young players take a foothold in their MLB careers, and continie to gain experience. 

Such will be the case for new callups Casey Jansen and Sean-Reid Foley.  Foley, a right-handed starter,  will make his debut here againat the Royals Monday.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Hunter Will Not Return Either
« Last post by Highlander on August 12, 2018, 08:37:05 PM »
I don't think that's necessarily true. Or a fair comment, frankly.
Yeah I'm sure Hunter could have gotten another head scout or even assistant-GM position but he most likely wants to be a GM so why settle for a lesser role in the NHL? He'll have more control in London and someone will come calling in a year or 2

I was being slightly fictitious with my comment, but I do think that if he was as highly thought of as the media made us believe he could have definitely been hired somewhere as an AGM with a close-to-GM salary. Most of them considered him a shoe-in for the GM job with Lou. And if he doesn't want to continue working in an assistant role and would rather just hang around London until someone comes calling with a GM job, then I don't know how much that is going to work out for him. There's still a ton of highly regarded AGM's around the league who bust their butts in that role for years and haven't been able to move up yet. I'd be surprised if he re-surfaced in the NHL now, much like his brother Dale.
Supposedly he has amassed quite a small fortune investing in farmland and is an astute businessman. Not saying he doesn't love hockey but he may want to enjoy his later years and enjoy his life, than be an Empire builder.
Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« Last post by hockeyfan1 on August 12, 2018, 07:22:41 PM »
The Blue Jays prevented a Tampa Bay sweep as Toronto beat the Rays 2-1 this afternoon.

Kevin Pillar atoned for his errors in Saturday' s 3-1 loss to the Rays, drove in the winning run on a Randal Gruchuk grounder.  Upon video review, Pillar was deemed safe.  Nice.  Good hustle and clever baserunning on the part of Pillar.

Jays starter Marcus Stroman lasted five innings in allowing a run.   Stroman was playing with a blistered finger, but was adamant about starting in today's game and won't let the problem bother him to continue to be in the lineup. 

Relief pitcher Jaime Garcia got the win and Ken Giles the save.
CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: Future Prospects/Draftees
« Last post by hockeyfan1 on August 12, 2018, 06:53:10 PM »
Complete scores and summaries of the 2018 U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup Tournament games:
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