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L K:
NHLPA 2020-2021 player poll:

Best Goal Scorer - Auston Matthews 1st (46.7%)
Best Shot - Auston Matthews 2nd (28.78%)
Best Stick Handler - Auston Matthews 4th (2.52%)
Best Passer - Mitch Marner 5th (5.71%)
Most Fashionable - Auston Matthews 1st (21.16%)

Should Regional Divisions carry forward - 68.2% say no
Should series-style schedule carry forward - 66.3% say yes

herman:
https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2021/06/18/toronto-maple-leafs-offseason-can-they-revamp-their-forward-depth-and-should-they-revise-their-ice-time-allocation/

This largely captures my read on the situation.

--- Quote ---The top four likely returning doesn’t mean changes can’t be made to not only better support them but to actually help elevate their games — in part by not gassing Marner and Matthews with such a massive workload.

This is now multiple years in a row where the opposition has been able to neutralize the Leafs’ top weapons come playoff time — and the coaching staff’s only solution was to play them more.
--- End quote ---

TL;DR: Play Nylander more, gosh.

Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate:

--- Quote from: herman on June 18, 2021, 10:34:23 AM ---https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2021/06/18/toronto-maple-leafs-offseason-can-they-revamp-their-forward-depth-and-should-they-revise-their-ice-time-allocation/

This largely captures my read on the situation.

--- Quote ---The top four likely returning doesn’t mean changes can’t be made to not only better support them but to actually help elevate their games — in part by not gassing Marner and Matthews with such a massive workload.

This is now multiple years in a row where the opposition has been able to neutralize the Leafs’ top weapons come playoff time — and the coaching staff’s only solution was to play them more.
--- End quote ---

TL;DR: Play Nylander more, gosh.

--- End quote ---

For years we complained that Babcock didn't play the stars enough.  Now they are playing too much. 

Got it.

herman:

--- Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on June 18, 2021, 12:26:57 PM ---For years we complained that Babcock didn't play the stars enough.  Now they are playing too much. 

Got it.

--- End quote ---

34/16 getting 25+
91/88 getting 15

is not quite as sustainable as

34/16 getting 21
91/88 getting 19

Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate:

--- Quote from: herman on June 18, 2021, 12:29:16 PM ---
--- Quote from: Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate on June 18, 2021, 12:26:57 PM ---For years we complained that Babcock didn't play the stars enough.  Now they are playing too much. 

Got it.

--- End quote ---

34/16 getting 25+
91/88 getting 15

is not quite as sustainable as

34/16 getting 21
91/88 getting 19

--- End quote ---

I'm not disagreeing that Nylander could have used more TOI.  But the idea he's selling that M&M were "gassed" is really dubious.  They got neutralized by the Habs (well, that and Marner decided to channel Mikheyev).

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