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#1
Quote from: herman on July 04, 2022, 08:17:43 AMhttps://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/1543928143072972802
QuoteWord is they've spoken to a variety of potential replacements, including those currently employed by other NHL organizations.

Sources say Curtis Sanford made a particularly strong impression.

He's expected to join the Leafs organization after working the past five years for the Vancouver Canucks in goalie development.

Here's a really good write-up of Curtis Sanford, and the influence Ian Clark has had on his playing and coaching career.
https://canucksarmy.com/2021/03/16/extension-ian-clark-sanford-tandem-canucks-goaltenders-develop-afar/

Okay, early returns, and not going to dig into the goals saved above expected but...

PlayerContractLeafsMarliesGrowlersOther
Matt MurrayLeafs0-1-0 0.826
Ilya SamsonovLeafs6-2-0 0.921
Joseph WollLeafsDNP LTIR
Erik KallgrenLeafs1-1-2 0.9040-0-0 0.889
Dennis HildebyLeafsSHL: 3-2-0 0.918
Keith PetruzzelliLeafs6-0-0 0.922
Artur AkhtyamovReserveVHL: 9-5-1 0.931
Vyacheslav PeksaReserveVHL: 10-6-1 0.924
Dryden McKayMarlies4-0-1 0.911
Luke CavallinMarlies3-0-0 0.940
Dylan FergusonMarlies2-2-0 0.887
#3
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Fraser Minten signs 3-yr ELC
October 13, 2022, 04:01:10 PM
https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/1580649584023539713
He will be sporting an A for home games for the Blazers this Memorial Cup hosting season
#7
Marlies & Prospect Talk / 2022 Marlies / Growlers
September 09, 2022, 10:21:56 AM
https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2022/09/06/previewing-the-2022-23-toronto-marlies-season/

Lots of parts moved out from last year's team; Mark from MLHS has the rundown.

The most interesting threads of the season will be:
Does Greg Moore last in this make or break season, even with good buddy Ryan Hardy in the GM seat?
Lots of goalies: who will step up to be the next Kallgren?
Stretch drive reinforcements: quite a ways away, but Hirvonen, Niemela, Ovchinnikov, Voit could all get significant AHL looks in the spring
#13
PPP: Top 25 under 25


2022/23 Eligible:2022 T25U252021 T25U25

Alex Steeves
Artur Akhtyamov
Auston Matthews
Axel Rindell
Braeden Kressler
Brandon Lisowsky
Chad Krys DNQ
Curtis Douglas
Denis Malgin old
Dennis Hildeby
Dmitri Ovchinnikov
Erik Kallgren old
Filip Kral
Fraser Minten
Ian Scott DNQ - Retired
Joe Miller
Joey Anderson
John Fusco
Joseph Duszak DNQ
Joseph Woll
Kalle Loponen
Kristians Rubins DNQ
Mac Hollowell
Matthew Knies
Max Ellis
Mike Koster
Mikhail Abramov
Mikko Kokkonen
Mitch Marner old
Nicholas Abruzzese
Nicholas Moldenhauer
Nicholas Robertson
Nikita Grebenkin
Nikolai Chebykin
Pavel Gogolev
Pontus Holmberg
Rasmus Sandin
Rodion Amirov Health Exemption
Roni Hirvonen
Ryan O'Connell
Ryan Tverberg
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
Semyon Kizimov
Timothy Liljegren
Topi Niemela
Travis Dermott - traded
Ty Voit
Veeti Miettinen
Vladimir Boblyev who? old
Victor Mete
Vladislav Kara
Vyacheslav Peksa
William Villeneuve
Wyatt Schingoethe

25. Brandon Lisowsky
24. Dennis Hildeby
23. Joseph Woll
22. Ryan Tverberg
21. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
20. Mikhail Abramov
19. Filip Kral
18. Victor Mete
17. Mikko Kokkonen
T15. Dmitry Ovchinnikov
T15. Nicholas Moldenhauer
14. William Villeneuve
T12. Ty Voit
T12. Alex Steeves
11. Joey Anderson
10. Pontus Holmberg
9. Fraser Minten
8. Nick Abruzzese]Nick Abruzzese[/url]
7. Roni Hirvonen
6. Topi Niemelä
5. Nick Robertson
4. Timoth Liljegren
3. Matthew Knies
2. Rasmus Sandin
1. Auston Matthews
25. William Villeneuve
24. Brennan Menell traded
23. Artur Akhtyamov
22. Filip Kral
21. Pavel Gogolev
20. Pontus Holmberg
19. Dennis Malgin old
18. Ty Voit
17. Veeti Miettinen
16. Dmitri Ovchinnikov
15. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
14. Joey Anderson
13. Nick Abruzzese
12. Mikko Kokkonen
11. Mikhail Abramov
10. Matthew Knies
9. Travis Dermott traded
8. Roni Hirvonen
7. Topi Niemela
6. Timoth Liljegren
5. Nick Robertson
T3. Rodion Amirov / Rasmus Sandin
2. Mitch Marner old
1. Auston Matthews

Note: This post is a placeholder, as the draft is about to land in a couple of weeks, so there will be some movement on this list of eligibles along with new additions from the draft. It's also Auston Matthews' final season on the T25U25 board so there should be some new drama next season at the top of the board.

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TLN Top 20 Prospects (Calder Eligible)
20. Max Ellis
19. William Villeneuve
18. Veeti Miettinen
17. Filip Kral
16. Curtis Douglas
15. Dmitry Ovchinnikov
14. Mikhail Abramov
13. Mikko Kokkonen
12. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
11. Ryan Tverberg
10. Ty Voit
9. Nick Moldenhauer
8. Nick Abbruzzese
7. Pontus Holmberg
6. Alex Steeves
5. Fraser Minten
4. Roni Hirvonen
3. Topi Niemelä
2. Nick Robertson
1. Matthew Knies
#14
Rd
Pick
Player Name
Position
Shoots
Draft Year
Height
Weight
League
2
38
Fraser Minten
C
L
2022 (D-0)
6'1"
185 lbs
WHL
3
95
Nicholas Moldenhauer
RW
R
2022 (D-0)
5'11"
170 lbs
USHL
4
122
Dennis Hildeby
G
L
2018 (D+2)
6'6"
234 lbs
Swe-Jr
5
135
Nikita Grebenkin
RW
L
2019 (D+1)
6'2"
187 lbs
MHL
7
218
Brandon Lisowsky
LW
L
2022 (D-0)
5'9"
181 lbs
WHL

Linked draft pick profiles courtesy of MLHS, Heights/Weights courtesy of EliteProspects

Draft Summaries
Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs Nation
The Athletic (paywall) | Joshua Kloke, Corey Pronman
The Leafs Notebook (MLHS)

- - - -
Original Post

https://www.eliteprospects.com/draft-center/2022/consolidated-ranking

EliteProspects with the various rankings available for public consumption

Draft lands July 7-8 (after the signing bonus day *nudge nudge wink wink*). Leafs pick in rounds 1, 3, 7 so it should be boring...

Ottawa's 7th overall pick is in play for an immediate impact player.




#15
In
Curtis Douglas - 3-yr ELC 838k AAV
Max Ellis - 3-yr ELC 838k AAV
Roni Hirvonen - 3-yr ELC 857k AAV
Bobby McMann - 3-yr ELC 763k AAV
Topi Niemela - 3-yr ELC 857k AAV
Mikko Kokkonen - 3-yr ELC 847k AAV
Axel Rindell - 2-yr ELC 839k AAV
Matt Murray - OTT trade (25% retained)
Dennis Hildeby - 3-yr ELC 843k AAV
Ilya Samsonov - 1-yr 1.8M
Nicholas Aube-Kubel - 1-yr 1M
Adam Gaudette - 1-yr 750k
Victor Mete - 1-yr 750k
Jordie Benn - 1-yr 750k
Calle Järnkrok - 4-yrs 2.1M AAV
Zach Aston-Reese - 1-yr $840,630
Fraser Minten - 3-yr ELC 850k AAV (slide)
Keith Petruzzelli - 2-yr ELC 817.5k AAV
Conor Timmins - ARI Trade

Jason Spezza - Special Assistant to the General Manager
Curtis Sanford - Goaltending Coach
Matt Moulson - Pro scout
Viktor Alm - Amateur scout
Chris Borque - Amateur scout
Jill Reiner - Hockey Research & Development analyst
Joe Underwood - Player Development consultant
Tomas Pacina - Development coach (Europe)

Re-signed
Mark Giordano - 2-yr 800k AAV
Kyle Clifford - 2-yr 763k AAV
Timoth Liljegren - 2-yr 1.4M AAV
Denis Malgin - 1-yr 750k*
Pierre Engvall - 1-yr 2.25M
Rasmus Sandin - 2-yrs 1.4M AAV

Jaren Burke - Management Development Associate
Duanté Abercrombie - Coaching Development Associate
Rich Clune - Player Development

Professional Try-Out
Dylan Ferguson —> Marlies PTO
Zach Aston-Reese —> signed

Promotions or Role/Title changes
Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser --> Assistant General Manager, Player Development
Ryan Hardy --> Assistant General Manager, Minor League Operations
Darryl Metcalf --> Assistant General Manager, Hockey Research & Development


Out
Jason Spezza —> retirement
Carter Hutton —> retirement
Petr Mrazek —> CHI trade
Ondrej Kaše —> unqualified —> CAR
Kristians Rubins —> unqualified —> OTT
Joey Duszak —> unqualified
Ian Scott —> unqualified
Chad Krys —> unqualified
Ilya Mikheyev --> UFA VAN
Ilya Lyubushkin --> UFA BUF
Colin Blackwell --> UFA CHI
Brett Seney --> UFA CHI
Michael Hutchinson —> UFA VGK
Nicholas Aube-Kubel —> waivers WSH
Curtis Douglas —> ARI trade

Martina Ortiz Luis, Anthem Singer
Jim Paliafito, Sr. Dir. of Player Evaluation --> NYI
Cam Charron (!), R&D analyst
Steve Briere, goaltending coach --> SEA
Greg Harden, Peak performance coach
Charlie King, video analyst
Paul MacLean, demonologist
Tony Martino, US area scout --> WPG, US area scout

TJ Millar - Coaching Development Associate (also Tri-City Associate Coach)
Marian Agyei-Gyamera - Management Development Associate
Laurence Gilman --> Governor and Senior Vice President of the Toronto Marlies (just Marlies)
#18
NHL Transactions / 2022 Trades
February 14, 2022, 01:56:36 PM
Tyler Toffoli to CGY so he can have a few more games vs VAN
https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/1493279396953743364

Montreal got the collection bonus of having all three Pitlicks.
#19
Non-Hockey Chatter / Books
October 14, 2021, 11:39:34 AM
Do people still read? I can't remember if I already talked about this, but I picked it back up recently.

If you've read the A Song of Ice and Fire series (so far) and/or watch Game of Thrones, I especially recommend Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy (and subsequent trilogies in this universe).
#20
As we ramp up into the new season, it's probably a good time to pour one out for ultimate team player, Zach Hyman.

Here's an oldie, but a goodie from Bourne
https://theathletic.com/581060/2018/10/10/bourne-the-fundamentals-of-an-effective-f1-forechecker-illustrated-by-the-leafs-zack-hyman/

QuoteHere's one of the biggest points with forechecking: it's really exhausting – I mean, it's an all-out sprint – and you never know when it's going to be worth your while. If you're beyond a stick length behind the D-man who's racing back through the D-zone circles to get the puck, you're creating a turnover a small percentage of the time and that usually involves the other guy messing up pretty bad. Yes, that pressure is often worthwhile because it can force the D-man to make a rushed play, so it's still worth it to your team, but there's certainly no guarantee you didn't just do a meaningless windsprint and burn your legs out for the rest of the shift (of which you only get so many) for absolutely nothing. [...]

That means it takes a certain mindset, a certain type of driven athlete who's in great condition, who's willing to just hunt and hunt and hunt relentlessly until they create those turnovers that lead to extra possessions, which lead to goals.

Towards the end of Jack Han's time with the Marlies, he noted a trend in the team's drafting showing up on the ice: a lot of puck possessors (as was Keefe's wont), and suddenly a dearth of puck getter-backers. The big ones had graduated onto the Leafs (and off the Leafs in most cases).

These past seasons of transactions have started to shift the balance back, which I would argue is the correct order of operations. Players that can do goal-stuff with the puck are expensive on the market and it seems wise to develop them in-house, while puck getters are often offensively underrated by their stats (i.e. potential $$) when they're stuck in bottom-6 roles. I have a hard time finding the reference at the moment, but Bourne mentioned on a podcast somewhere that Dubas had asked Lou to pursue Yanni Gourde some years ago while he was toiling in the minors, but was obviously shrugged off (we already had Hyman, Brown, Komarov, Martin, etc.).

In terms of technique and evolution of the art of forechecking, the Leafs preach:

  • Stick on puck: stick gets there before you do, so target the puck
  • Take out the hands: aim the hips into the hands of the opponent trying to corral the puck; here your size is almost irrelevant as a player's body is going to always be bigger and stronger than hands. Taking out the hands means loose puck with your body between the defender and the puck.

Here's someone else's video on Zach Hyman just gaining inside position on everybody.
#22
Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2021 NHL Entry Draft
July 16, 2021, 02:19:17 PM
One week to go until what might be the messiest NHL entry draft ever.

July 23-24

Draft Rankings can be found consolidated on EliteProspects

And we're off to an inauspicious start
https://twitter.com/JDylanBurke/status/1416095750577025024
#25
PPP: Top 25 under 25


2021/22 Eligible:2021 T25U25Winter 2020's list

Alex Steeves
Artur Akhtyamov
Auston Matthews
Axel Rindell
Brennan Menell
Denis Malgin
Dmitry Ovchinnikov
Erik Kallgren
Filip Hallander traded
Filip Kral
Ian Scott
JD Greenway traded
Joe Miller
Joey Anderson
John Fusco
Joseph Duszak
Joseph Woll
Kalle Loponen
Kristians Rubins
Mac Hollowell
Matthew Knies
Mike Koster
Mikhail Abramov
Mikko Kokkonen
Mitch Marner
Nicholas Abruzzese
Nicholas Robertson
Nikolai Chebykin
Pierre Engvall old
Pavel Gogolev
Pontus Holmberg
Rasmus Sandin
Rodion Amirov
Roni Hirvonen
Ryan O'Connell
Ryan Tverberg
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
Semyon Kizimov
Timothy Liljegren
Topi Niemela
Travis Dermott
Ty Voit
Veeti Miettinen
Vieni Vehvilainen
Vladimir Boblyev
Vladislav Kara
Vyacheslav Peksa
William Nylander old  :'(
William Villeneuve
Wyatt Schingoethe

25. William Villeneuve
24. Brennan Menell
23. Artur Akhtyamov
22. Filip Kral
21. Pavel Gogolev
20. Pontus Holmberg
19. Dennis Malgin
18. Ty Voit
17. Veeti Miettinen
16. Dmitri Ovchinnikov
15. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
14. Joey Anderson
13. Nick Abruzzese
12. Mikko Kokkonen
11. Mikhail Abramov
10. Matthew Knies
9. Travis Dermott
8. Roni Hirvonen
7. Topi Niemela
6. Timoth Liljegren
5. Nick Robertson
T3. Rodion Amirov / Rasmus Sandin
2. Mitch Marner
1. Auston Matthews

25. Pontus Holmberg
24. Mac Hollowell
23. Filip Kral
22. Veeti Miettinen
21. Artur Akhtyamov
20. Denis Malgin
19. Dmitri Ovchinnikov
18. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
17. Egor Korshkov (traded to CAR)
16. Nicholas Abbruzzese
15. Pierre Engvall
14. Joey Anderson
13. Mikko Kokkonen
12. Topi Niemela
11. Roni Hirvonen
10. Mikhail Abramov
9. Travis Dermott
8. Filip Hallander traded to Pittsburgh
7. Timothy Liljegren
6. Rodion Amirov
5. Nick Robertson
4. Rasmus Sandin
3. William Nylander  ( :'( old)
2. Mitch Marner
1. Auston Matthews

TLN: Calder trophy eligible prospects

20. Kristians Rubins
19. Joseph Woll
18. Ty Voit
17. Pontus Holmberg
16. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
15. Pavel Gogolev
14. Dmitri Ovchinnikov
13. Mac Hollowell
12. Veeti Miettinen
11. Joey Anderson
10. Mikko Kokkonen
9. Mikhail Abramov
8. Nick Abruzzese
7. Matthew Knies
6. Roni Hirvonen
5. Topi Niemela
4. Timoth Liljegren
3. Rodion Amirov
2. Nick Robertson
1. Rasmus Sandin


MLHS Top 6-10, Top 1-5
10. Dmitri Ovchinnikov

9. Nick Abruzzese
8. Mikhail Abramov
7. Roni Hirvonen

6. Matthew Knies
5. Topi Niemela
4. Timothy Liljegren

3. Rodion Amirov
2. Rasmus Sandin
1. Nick Robertson