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CHL & NCAA Hockey / Brampton Beast: Trolololol
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:00:29 AM »

The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, are all but assured a successful 2016-17 ECHL season thanks to a timely ‘blessing’ from one of pop culture’s most visionary figures.

Brandon Christopher McCartney, also known as Lil B, “The BasedGod”, is a multi-talented rapper, record producer, author and motivational speaker based out of Berkeley, California.

Lil B is not only known as a pioneer in hip-hop music, he has proven to possess the enchanted ability to bestow success upon professional sports franchises by offering up his ‘blessing’.

Mr. B’s success rate is uncanny; as he is credited for the success of Canada’s own Toronto Blue Jays ahead of their momentous win over the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALDS in October, 2015, among other large scale successes in professional sport.

On Monday, August 22, The BasedGod decided to extend his reach in professional sport to the ECHL for the first time ever, and chose to ‘bless’ the Brampton Beast ahead of their third ECHL season.

The ‘blessing’ may very well mean a Kelly Cup Championship is in the cards for the Beast for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

As Canada’s only ECHL franchise, the Beast have chosen to embody the giving nature that Canadians are known to uphold and have offered to extend an olive branch to their ECHL competitors who now fear playing against the Brampton Beast.


The Beast would like to offer our ECHL competitors the opportunity to forfeit their scheduled contests against the Beast organization in an effort get a head start on the 2017-18 ECHL season.


Please submit your admitted defeat via the online form found below.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / The Defensive Logjam
« on: July 29, 2016, 04:56:03 PM »
Carrick > Marincin
I'm of the opinion that defensive structure is more teachable than offensive instincts.

All Sports But Hockey / Adam LaRoche
« on: July 26, 2016, 03:38:03 PM »
I'm coming into this story a bit late, but Adam LaRoche gave a fairly open interview that was published back in April this year.

You might remember him as the guy who gave up a $13M contract and chose to retire because his son was no longer welcome in the clubhouse.

This is a crazy story.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Corrado signed (1yr/600k)
« on: July 25, 2016, 03:16:22 PM »

General Fanager:
With Corrado at 1 yr @ $600,000, #Leafs have $1.3M in cap space with roster of 15F/7D/1G. Marincin left to sign.

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Ranking Prospects Post-Matthews
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:50:59 AM »
PPP's Top 25 Under 25 for 2016-2017 is under way.

How would you rank them? Do you rank by ceiling/potential? or current NHL usefulness? How would you rank our big 4? Who rounds out the top 5? Has the pool ever been this tightly contested in each of the talent tiers?

2016 Eligible:2016's list2015's list
Adam Brooks
Andreas Johnson
Andrew Nielsen
Antoine Bibeau
Auston Matthews
Brendan Leipsic
Carl Grundstrom
Connor Brown
Connor Carrick
Dakota Joshua
Dmytro Timashov
Dominic Toninato
Frank Corrado
Frederik Gauthier
Garret Sparks
Jack Walker
JD Greenway
Jeremy Bracco
Jesper Lindgren
JJ Piccinich
Joseph Woll
Josh Leivo
Justin Holl
Kasmir Kaskisuo
Kasperi Kapanen
Keaton Middleton
Kerby Rychel
Martin Marincin
Martins Dzierkals
Mitch Marner
Morgan Rielly
Nicolas Mattinen
Nikita Korostelev
Nikita Soshnikov
Nikita Zaitsev
Nikolai Chebykin
Nolan Vesey
Pierre Engvall
Rinat Valiev
Stephen Desrocher
Tobias Lindberg
Travis Dermott
Viktor Loov
Vladimir Boblyev
William Nylander
Yegor Korshkov
Zach Hyman
25. Yegor Korshkov
24. Martins Dzierkals
23. Carl Grundstrom
22. Andrew Neilsen
21. Rinat Valiev
20. Tobias Lindberg
19. Travis Dermott
18. Josh Leivo
17. Brendan Leipsic
16. Jeremy Bracco
15. Zach Hyman
14. Frank Corrado
13. Dmytro Timashov
12. Andreas Johnson
11. Kerby Rychel
10. Nikita Soshnikov
9. Kasperi Kapanen
8. Martin Marincin
7. Connor Carrick
6. Nikita Zaitsev
5. Connor Brown
4. Morgan Rielly
3. Mitch Marner
2. William Nylander
1. Auston Matthews (duh)
25. Christopher Gibson - traded
24. Matt Finn - traded
23. Scott Harrington - traded
22. Travis Dermott
21. Dmytro Timashov
20. Carter Verhaeghe - traded
19. Frederik Gauthier
18. Nikita Soshnikov
17. Taylor Beck - traded
16. Viktor Lööv
15. Josh Leivo
14. Jeremy Bracco
13. Stuart Percy - UFA'd
12. Brendan Leipsic
11. Andreas Johnson
10. Martin Marincin
9. Richard Panik - traded
8. Connor Brown
7. Peter Holland - graduated
6. Kasperi Kapanen
5. Mitch Marner
4. Nazem Kadri - graduated
3. Jake Gardiner - graduated
2. William Nylander
1. Morgan Rielly

TLN is doing a top 20 (Calder-eligible) prospects as well, so I'll track both here.

20. Garret Sparks
19. Kasmir Kaskisuo
18. Adam Brooks
17. Yegor Korshkov
16. Tobias Lindberg
15. Andrew Neilsen
14. Carl Grundstrom
13. Zach Hyman
12. Brendan Leipsic
11. Jeremy Bracco
10. Nikita Soshnikov
9. Travis Dermott
8. Dmytro Timashov
7. Andreas Johnson
6. Connor Brown
5. Kasperi Kapanen
4. Nikita Zaitsev
3. William Nylander
2. Mitch Marner
1. Auston Matthews


Tall Finnish goalie!

NHL Potential: Number one starting goaltender.

Calm demeanor
Relaxed in net
Good mental acuity
Compact movements
Good technique

Flaws/Aspects He Needs to Work On:
Rebound control

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Tactics: The Royal Road
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:59:25 AM »
Our GDT conversation about play styles (NS vs EW) reminded me that I came across this concept yesterday, from the same guy that revitalized Devan Dubnyk's career with Head Trajectory. I thought I'd start some conversation about it.

Stephen Valiquette (and Chris Boyle) analyzed that makes a quality shooting attempt and distilled it down to a concept called The Royal Road.

Valiquette has identified what he believes is the most important line on the ice, the line he believes supports the existence of shot quality. The Royal Road is a line that goes directly through the middle of the ice from one net to the other. It separates the ice into two equal parts. Valiquette has observed that a puck crossing this imaginary line immediately preceding a shot increases a shooter's scoring opportunity by over 10 times.


When the puck crosses the Royal Road, it changes everything because goalies have limitations to their movements and while laterally tracking they are forced to open up.

While reviewing all of this NHL footage, a pattern of success began to emerge. These high percentage opportunities were labeled Green goals because they do not allow the goaltender to gain half a second of clear sight prior to the release.

Green goals account for 76% of all goals reviewed. Green goals are plays where the goaltender has limited time to set depth and angle and has less than half a second to track the incoming shot. These shots are high percentage opportunities and fit into seven different criteria.

Passes across the Royal Road – 22%
The most effective way to create offence in the NHL is a pass across the Royal Road. This is judged as any pass that goes across that line below the tops of the circles that results in a shot on goal. It accounts for 22% of all goals that Valiquette has reviewed. My shot quality research confirms this study as players shoot 30% on average on a pass across the Royal Road vs. the typical 8.5%. This type of movement is essential to goal creation because when the puck moves laterally with speed in this manner, it doesn’t allow the goaltender to remain square because they struggle to set their depth and angle, making the save more difficult.

Screens – 10%
As the position has evolved, goaltending has become so strong that teams need to crowd the front of the net and layer it with players to obstruct a goaltenders view. If a goaltender cannot view the puck it decreases his chance for success because he cannot set for the play and relies solely on positioning and luck to succeed. When players effectively layer in front of the goaltender their chance for success increases. 10% of all goals are scored in this manner.

One-timers on the same side of the Royal Road – 9%
These are plays that generally originate from behind the net and are quick passing plays to a shooter in the slot on the same side of the royal road. It is tough for a goalie to pick up because he has half a second of clear sight and set up time before the release from the shooter. It isn’t as valuable as the pass across the royal road because the goaltender doesn’t have to move east-west and the distance traveled to get into position is much less, but extremely dangerous because of the quickness of the direction change.

Broken plays – 9%
Broken plays can cause havoc for goaltenders because they set for a situation that can be altered by a quick change in puck direction. Passes or shots that deflect off a skate/stick into the net. Puck direction that when altered act like a royal road pass as it forces a goaltender to move east/west while in recovery mode.

Possession across the Royal Road. – 8%
If a player enters the offensive zone with speed, a defense happily exposes the exterior and attempts to clog the middle. They do this with good reason. They are attempting to deny the attacking forward the ability to cross the royal road. Studies show exterior shots have a low probability for success and Valiquette’s study identifies a shot from above the face-off circles and no lateral movement will results in around a 3% chance to score. If the attacking forward is able to cross the royal road through the slot, his chances increase to 33%.

Deflections – 8%
Deflections are extremely challenging because they initially presents themselves as a red shot. A goaltender sets for the initial path and plane but when they are altered, the maximum coverage becomes compromised. The closer the deflection to the net, the lower chance for goaltender success.

Green rebounds – 8%
A green rebound is any scoring opportunity that comes off a goaltender that originated from the green shots listed above. These high end opportunities are difficult to control for goaltenders because pre-shot movement or lack of visual attachment make it difficult for goaltenders to have proper hand position to deflect pucks into safety areas as well as set for shots so they can corral them into their chest for a stoppage in play.


Randy Carlyle has sad panda thoughts.

"Was it fun? No, it wasn’t fun when you don’t win enough. But you do the things you do because you believe that’s how things needed to be done with that group. Now, if you have a different mandate, you can do different things, you can change."


"I don’t want to say anything about the Toronto situation, it’s past, there will be a time and a place," said Carlyle. "Obviously I have opinions that are different from what’s going on. It’s a frustrating situation when you’re in one that you know at the end of the day it’s not going to work.

"But it’s hard for me to comment on the Toronto situation, I’m still getting paid by them, I don’t want to come across as sour grapes. It’s just that there are things that you would do differently, you change the way you approach the next situation, for sure you would."

Since he's still under contract (as noted in the article), I didn't post this in the Ex-Leafs section.

I wasn't sure what to reference in the title (the White Stripes, Korn, or Jersey Boys), so I just played it straight.
Moving to a new jersey supplier may be a natural transition for the NHL to begin introducing on-jersey advertising, several league sources told TSN.

During a meeting of NHL team presidents in New York last year, league officials estimated they might raise $4 million per team – or $120 million annually – by allowing corporate sponsors to put their logos front and centre on jerseys.

“If you’re already deciding on a major NHL jersey overhaul, maybe with Adidas striping on the jerseys, then it seems like it would be a good time to introduce the ads, if you plan to do it anyway,” a league source told TSN.

Would the additional revenue stream result in a salary cap bump?

General NHL News & Views / Elite Centers and Defenders
« on: July 09, 2015, 01:45:34 PM »
By Logan Couture:
I get the question all the time: Do hockey players watch film? Of course we do. We watch hours and hours of it every week. My job is to figure out how to make life tough for the opposing center, so a lot of film study is about trying to figure out how to take away space. But sometimes I try to pick up little moves that I can borrow from them in the offensive zone.

By Kevin Shattenkirk:

I'll never forget playing against Nick Lidström for the first time and seeing all the little things he did on the ice that go unnoticed. He was so good at knocking the puck down out of midair whenever teams tried to dump-and-change. It was almost impossible to chip one by him. I remember thinking, “Man, I need to steal that move. That’s a super important thing to master.”

Marlies & Prospect Talk / Mitch Marner - 2015 4th overall
« on: July 07, 2015, 04:11:44 PM »

His dad begged the coach to let Mitch (4 years old) play against 6 year olds.

General NHL News & Views / Avalanche Goalie Scores in Conditioning Stint
« on: January 17, 2015, 10:38:01 AM »
Reto Berra scores an EN goal to ice the win. And goes for the glove taps

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / 2014 - Lïfs: the Season in GIFs
« on: November 21, 2014, 09:33:05 AM »
It's going to be a long season, filled with ups and downs. Let's remember the good times.

Kessel vs Rask pt 1: Pew pew

Kessel vs Rask pt 2: Pew pew some more

Komarov and Kadri share a moment

JvR's "Angora Mittens"

Polak to Bozak

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