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Non-Hockey Chatter / Books
« on: 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).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / F1: The Importance of Forechecking
« on: August 30, 2021, 11:04:23 AM »
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/

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Here’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.

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NHL Transactions / Seth Jones to Chicago
« on: July 23, 2021, 07:02:16 PM »
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Boqvist, 1st and more picks to Columbus. What a haul for them

What the hell for Chicago
Edit: actually it is an eight year extension

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2021 NHL Entry Draft
« on: 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

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Dean Chynoweth signed as new assistant coach
« on: July 12, 2021, 04:01:41 PM »

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NHL Transactions / Keith traded to Edmonton
« on: July 12, 2021, 02:21:43 PM »

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Ranking Prospects 2021-2022
« on: July 07, 2021, 03:31:53 PM »
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

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For league min?


Full details

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In
Rodion Amirov 3-yr ELC 925k AAV
Pontus Holmberg 2-yr ELC 828k AAV
Alex Steeves 3-yr ELC 834k AAV
Kirill Semyonov 1-yr UFA ELC 825k
Erik Kallgren 2-yr UFA ELC 750k AAV
Jared McCann - PIT trade
Future Considerations - BOS trade
Petr Mrazek - UFA 3 yrs 3.8 AAV
Brennan Menell - MIN trade
Michael Bunting - UFA 2 yrs 950k AAV
Mike Amadio - two-way 750k
Kurtis Gabriel - 1 yr 750k
David Kampf - 2-yr 1.5M AAV
Alex Biega - two-way 750k
Carl Dahlstrom - two-way 750k
Brett Seney - two-way 750k
Pavel Gogolev - 3-yr ELC
Ondrej Kase - 1-yr 1.25M
Nick Ritchie - 2-yrs 2.5M AAV
William Villenueve - 3-yr ELC
Braeden Kressler - 3-yr ELC

Danielle Goyette, Director of Player Development
Ryan Hardy, Senior Director of Minor League Operations, GM of Marlies and Growlers
Dean Chynoweth, Assistant Coach
Spencer Carbery, Assistant Coach
Greg Harden (!!) - Peak Performance Coach
Christoffer Hedlund - Amateur Scout
Darren Ritchie - Amateur Scout
Marian Agyei-Gyamera - Management Development candidate
TJ Millar - Coaching Development candidate

PTO
Josh Ho-Sang - Marlies, 1-year
Nikita Gusev
Evan Cormier

Re-Signed
Jason Spezza - 750k
Wayne Simmonds - 2 years 900k AAV
Travis Dermott - 2 years 1.5M AAV
Joseph Woll - two-way 750k
Brennan Menell - two-way 750k
Joey Duszak - two-way 750k

Out
Jared McCann --> SEA Expansion Pick
Kenny Agostino (UFA) --> Torpedo, KHL
Martin Marincin (UFA) --> HC Ocelari, Czech League
Kalle Kossila (UFA) --> Jokerit, KHL
Antti Suomela (UFA) --> Marlies, AHL
Filip Hållander —> PIT trade
Veini Vehvilainen (unqualified) --> Byrnas IF, SHL
JD Greenway (rights) --> BOS trade
Zach Bogosian (UFA) --> TBL
Nic Petan (unqualified) --> VAN
Zach Hyman (UFA) —> EDM :(
Nick Foligno (UFA) —> BOS
Freddie Andersen (UFA) —> CAR
David Rittich (UFA) —> NSH
Calle Rosén (UFA) —> STL
Riley Nash (UFA) --> WPG
Stefan Noesen (UFA) —> CAR
Joe Thornton (UFA) —> FLA
Scott Sabourin (UFA) --> OTT
Denis Malgin —> Zurich Lions
Alex Galchenyuk (UFA) --> ARI
Adam Brooks (waiver) —> MTL

Scott Pellerin --> Pro Scout, Arizona Coyotes
Stephan Robidas --> Head Coach, Magog Cantonniers
Troy Bodie —> Director of Hockey and Business Operations, Seattle Kraken
Dave Hakstol --> Head Coach, Seattle Kraken
Patrick Charbonneau
John Kisil
Blair MacKasey
Sirpa Lehti
Dr. Meg Popovic
John Lilley --> Director of Player Personnel and Director of Amateur Scouting, New York Rangers
Tim Speltz —> GM, Henderson Silver Knights (AHL, Vegas)

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Pontus Holmberg 2-yr ELC
« on: June 04, 2021, 10:05:19 AM »

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Leafs Rumours & Speculation / Armchair GM 2021-2022: Catharsis
« on: June 02, 2021, 09:43:47 AM »
You know you're thinking about it already. Which no-good bum who struggled to produce anything tangible in a 7 game sample do we need to dump?

If you're thinking about Seth Jones, do yourself a favour and just replace those two words with Miro Heiskanen so people don't laugh at you up front.

I'll start!

To LAK: Mitch Marner (signing bonus paid, 4x 10.903M), Morgan Rielly (1x 5M)
To TOR: 2022 1st, Quinton Byfield, Akil Thomas, Olli Maataa, Matt Roy, whatever buriable spare parts they want to dump

Why would LA do this?
Huge jumpstart for their impressive prospect pool on the cusp of entering the league. Immediately adds the speed they seek, especially on the backend and extending the viability of their two big tickets (Doughty, Kopitar). It's a lopsided trade on the cap side, but there isn't much real cash left on Marner's deal and it's a surefire top-end player to bridge the gap between the old Cup winners and the upcoming kids.

Why would Toronto do this?
Byfield is a high pick, but a project (they loooove projects) and is some higher-end centre depth. Thomas has existing chemistry with two Leaf prospects (SDA, Nicky Bobby) and he sort of buried pretty deep behind Turcotte, Vilardi, and the aforementioned Kopitar. Matt Roy is a good middle D get to replace Holl, Maataa is a dump.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Alex Steeves signed to 3-yr ELC
« on: March 28, 2021, 06:17:41 PM »

Guess his height


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NHL Transactions / 2021 Trades
« on: February 13, 2021, 01:45:25 PM »
For the ones that don't need full threads, but you still want to dunk a little bit on it


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2021 Training Camp Thread
« on: January 03, 2021, 12:33:28 PM »

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / World Juniors 2021
« on: December 12, 2020, 12:19:19 PM »
Confirmed Baby Buds that have made their junior squads
Finland: Mikko Kokkonen, Roni Hirvonen, Topi Niemela
Russia: Mikhail Abramov, Rodion Amirov, Artur Akhtyamov

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