Quick links: Login | Sign up | Site Rules | Support TMLfans
Started by hobarth, August 22, 2023, 06:21:29 PM
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Quote[Let's start with looking at David Kampf, who most recently is coming off an absolutely brutal 11-game playoff stretch. The Leafs' defensive specialist had a 41% Corsi For, 45% Goals For, and 39% Expected Goals For in the playoffs. All numbers were significantly down from what he had in the regular season. Some of the change has to do with linemates and utilization. The regular season largely had Kampf in that third-line role with Pierre Engvall and Zach Aston-Reese as his most frequent linemates, Alex Kerfoot being the next most significant player. The Engvall trade meant Kampf was playing with someone new and he didn't find an immediate groove with Sam Lafferty as Pierre Engvall's replacement. Other than that, the linemates were fairly similar, but at times Kampf would be deployed as the fourth line rather than the third depending on how O'Reilly was being utilized. Interestingly enough the defensive unit of Brodie and McCabe that Kampf worked with most frequently in the playoffs was an upgrade over Giordano and Holl, but given that Brodie also struggled in the playoffs, maybe it's more of a team effort when it came to the decline than hanging it on just one or two players.Still, Kampf looked a bit exposed as a potential shutdown centre and the case has to be made that he likely needs to be right-sized away from at least top lines as well as stronger second lines going forward, and this is what has me questioning if Kampf is still the right 3C option.https://theleafsnation.com/news/do-maple-leafs-try-something-different-with-3c-spot/quote]Kampf was only credible as TO's #3 center with Engvall, his results without him screamed I'm not a #3. Resigning Kampf was a brutal decision, resigning him to even more $s was insane, $2.4 mil. for an at best #4 center, is a prime example of why TO's bottom 6 can't support a true Cup contender.If TO continues to use Kampf as the #3 center, I will be surprised if he can get half of the points he had last year and I'll truly be surprised if he can again post positive +/- numbers. Engvall was the reason for the success of that 3rd line last year with Jarnkrok and Kampf. It going to another sweet year because of the top 4 forwards and another brief playoff appearance.
Quote from: hobarth on August 22, 2023, 06:21:29 PMBertuzzi-$5.5 mil. per for 1 year- This is possibly a great signing, he has the right qualities to help TO considerably in the playoffs however his ability to remain healthy has been an issue his entire NHL career. 30 points, last year, in 50 games were his lowest PPG total in 4 years, his type of game takes a toll on his body so this is a definite we'll see signing. LW/RW, TO needs quality LWs so I expect he'd be best with JT and Marner.
Quote from: hobarth on August 22, 2023, 06:21:29 PMReaves-WTF?
Quote from: hobarth on August 22, 2023, 06:21:29 PMDomi-$3 mil. for 1 season- I, like most Leaf fans, wanted TO to draft him, at the pay level TO will pay him I think TO should be alrite. Keep hearing how crappy he is at defending but I see he's had seasons of +20 and +8 so it looks like his results are like most players, dependent on who he plays with. He's more set up man than goal scorer and he's listed as a LW so I wonder if he'd be a good fit with AM and Willie?
Quote from: hobarth on August 22, 2023, 06:21:29 PMKlingberg-$4.15 mil. for 1 year- Is this an overpay, it's less than he's made in 7 years. He has trouble playing 70 games and the word is he's declining rapidly and defending has never been his forte but his offense has made up for this. I do see that when he was younger his d stats were far better and that was basically with the same team. It's going to be interesting with him, will he become the new Gardiner.
Quote from: hobarth on August 22, 2023, 06:21:29 PMExcept for Reaves, I don't mind these signings, the Gambrell and Jones signings are depth signings so hopefully will have little affect on TO.
Quote from: hobarth on August 22, 2023, 06:21:29 PMThe forwards left over from the ones I've mentioned are Kampf, Jarnkrok, Lafferty, Knies, Holmberg with Gambrell and Reaves also available in the bottom 6 forward lines, not the types of names/games that will scare opponents in any way, it's a weak group, we need Knies to develop rapidly.
Quote from: OldTimeHockey on September 07, 2023, 04:46:02 PMHow is Dumba, a defensemen, an upgrade over two forwards?
Quote from: Dappleganger on September 07, 2023, 09:07:43 AMI know why Toronto makes this signing, they think Klingberg can exit the zone, something that was on sad display last playoffs. We'll see how it goes but my biggest criticism of the move is I would have desperately wanted Matt Dumba at $3.9m than Klingberg at $4.1m but alas, that might not have been available.
Quote from: yuzisee on October 12, 2023, 08:35:47 AMIt's only been one regular season game, but Klingberg was on the ice every time the Leafs scored a goal last night.
Quote from: herman on October 12, 2023, 08:56:33 AMThe RHD on PP1 can give us a redux of the 2016/17 Tim Hunter PP unit that lit the lamp up almost automatically:ZaitsevMarner-Kadri-BozakJvRtoKlingbergMarner-Matthews-NylanderTavaresMatthews is always going to be shaded a bit more heavily, so that opens up room for Nylander's shot (RD to RH one-timer from left wall)
Quote from: herman on October 12, 2023, 08:56:33 AMMatthews is always going to be shaded a bit more heavily, so that opens up room for Nylander's shot (RD to RH one-timer from left wall)
Quote from: cw on October 12, 2023, 10:02:52 AMQuote from: herman on October 12, 2023, 08:56:33 AMThe RHD on PP1 can give us a redux of the 2016/17 Tim Hunter PP unit that lit the lamp up almost automatically:ZaitsevMarner-Kadri-BozakJvRtoKlingbergMarner-Matthews-NylanderTavaresMatthews is always going to be shaded a bit more heavily, so that opens up room for Nylander's shot (RD to RH one-timer from left wall)Beyond that, a big improvement over last season is the 2nd PP:RiellyDomi/Jarnkrok-BertuzziLiljegren (I like Knies better to hang out in front of the net)Maybe:RiellyDomi/Jarnkrok-BertuzziKniesI think that group is likely to contribute more than last year's groupNaturally, they might mix/swap some with the 1st groupPK may have some challenges ...
Page created in 0.037 seconds with 21 queries.