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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: May 21, 2020, 01:17:39 PM »
I really liked Holland. It's too bad things never really worked out in the NHL.

edit: I couldn't really remember how we acquired him originally. It was Jesse Blacker (bust) and a 2nd and 7th round draft pick. Those picks ended up being used on Marcus Pettersson and Ondrej Kase. We obviously can't suggest that the Leafs would have picked the same players but interesting that Anaheim really nailed those specific picks.

Anaheim always seems to do well with picks they acquire from the Leafs - Sam Steel, Maxime Comtois, Rickard Rakell, John Gibson...we shouldn't let them have any more of our picks.

Um, why not just poach their scouting staff.
https://www.nhl.com/ducks/news/q-a-ducks-director-of-amateur-scouting-martin-madden/c-675621

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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: May 21, 2020, 11:52:24 AM »

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More Jack Han, who is making the podcast rounds since he is free from the MLSE Cone of Silence and in the midst of moving back to Montreal and releasing a book

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Mark Hunter said he was impressed by the signing the Leafs pulled off, so I don't know what to call that.

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When the Vegas Golden Knights and other inquiring NHL teams first began their pursuit of Mikheyev, Paliafito and the Leafs had already been on the scene for over a year. Then, when Mikheyev first arrived in Toronto to begin his NHL career, Paliafito came up from his home in Kentucky a nine-hour drive to pick him up at the airport.

He drove Mikheyev around Toronto, including a tour of Scotiabank Arena. The next morning, Paliafito picked him up at his hotel so he could escort him to a breakfast meeting with then-coach Mike Babcock. The two communicated through the Google Translate app that Paliafito keeps handy on his phone.

Jonas really buried the lede here: Paliafito lives in Shelbyville.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nick Robertson signed to 3 yr ELC
« on: May 21, 2020, 08:50:05 AM »
Some notes on good buddy, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev

https://jhanhky.substack.com/p/semyon-der-arguchintsev-the-little
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On the ice SDA is already no longer a child. He plays with the cunning of a desert fox, creating multiple options and massaging passes where defenders least suspect. He is sneaky on defense, floating high at times but tracking hard to lift a stick and steal the puck when it mattered. His hand skills are noteworthy but his greatest asset is foresight. No one else on the ice sees the play developing as quickly. He figures things out in the parallel universe in which he inhabits, then works backward to execute the right play in real life.

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SDA can see the future, but will he ever be fast, strong or focused enough to mold it in his favor? The answer so far might disappoint him.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: May 20, 2020, 12:05:37 PM »
Signs you should not have been in the OHL... 82 pts as a defenseman in a shortened season.

That was also only 5th on his team in scoring, two other overagers were in the top-5 with him. Guessing that was a hell of a powerplay unit.

They had the best PP in the league @ 29.8%
He and Marco Rossi just feeding Jack Quinn and co.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: May 20, 2020, 11:54:34 AM »

Signs you should not have been in the OHL... 82 pts as a defenseman in a shortened season.

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I'm a teeny-tiny bit disappointed to hear that Han left partially because the Marlies/Moore wanted to go in a "different direction". Even if there wasn't going to be room for him behind the Marlies bench anymore, you'd think the Leafs could have found something for him to do.

Me too. But I'm also happy because his stuff is public-sphere again.
And it really sounds like he also wanted to get back to writing (book szn).

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: May 20, 2020, 11:36:26 AM »
Have there been anti-lockdown protests in BC?

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This originates with the Marlies, but the results ended up on the Leafs.

https://theathletic.com/1823765/2020/05/20/departing-staffer-jack-han-offers-insight-into-his-time-with-the-leafs-marlies/

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The thing that Im most proud of in the past three years is Pierre Engvall, Han said, as we discussed various players he saw come and go in his time with the player development department. He was a seventh round pick. We had some scouts that really liked him, but, really, he wasnt a guy that was highly touted even internally at that time (in 2017-18). Then I started watching his games with HV71 (in Sweden) and you notice things. His ability to drive play down the ice. Obviously hes a big guy who skates really well. He makes plays off both his forehand and backhand and has a pretty good shot.

We started having these conversations (player development directors) Scott (Pellerin), Stephane (Robidas) and myself and we thought This guy can play in North America.'

Engvall arrived not long after that point and formed part of a dominant line in the AHL playoffs with Frederik Gauthier and Colin Greening, a trio that played a prominent role in the Marlies winning a Calder Cup. Even then, Han believed there was more there.

When Keefe then needed a centre the following season due to considerable roster turnover, Han argued Engvall could fill that spot, despite it not being his natural position and the fact he had played only 30 games in North America at that point.

Also this topical tidbit:
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Han also had an interesting observation on the notion of a righty-lefty imbalance in Toronto, an issue that has been talked about for years on the blue line. Going into next season, the Leafs only experienced defenceman with a right-hand shot is Justin Holl.

Considering that theres twice as many lefties as righties in the NHL, I would think its only natural that an ideally constructed team has four left Ds and two right Ds, Han said. If youre to balance it out and make it three and three, that probably means your third righty probably shouldnt be there. I dont think balancing makes all that much sense.

Plus, if you think about the handedness thing sure, its much harder to pick up a puck and make a play through the middle of the ice on your off side. But on the other hand, if youre in the O-zone then youre open for a one-timer all the time So offensively I think its actually beneficial actually to have two lefties together. Defensively? Its just a matter of figure out Are you comfortable pivoting to both sides? Are you comfortable making stops on both sides? And the Leafs are uniquely equipped to identify and address that.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nick Robertson signed to 3 yr ELC
« on: May 19, 2020, 09:40:37 PM »
https://theathletic.com/1814091/2020/05/19/im-ready-right-now-nick-robertson-says-hes-ready-to-join-the-maple-leafs/

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Practice is a business for me. Working out is a business for me. Sleeping is a business for me. Everything I do is for a reason, said Robertson.

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Some guys come into this league and have a good time, said Robertson. But Im here as a temporary stop. This is just the car to get me to the NHL. Lets put it that way.

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When hes not practising his shot, Robertson now spends his days trying to increase his mobility and strength. Hes asked if the workout plan hes following was provided to him by the Leafs or the Petes.

Its all the Maple Leafs, said Robertson.

Hes trying to figure out where he fits in the Leafs possession-heavy system. He asked his agency to send him video detailing how the Leafs system functions.

He appreciates how much stock the Leafs place on video analysis as well. He recalls being asked strange questions by NHL teams at the 2019 NHL draft combine, including one around whether he would share water with a person if it meant they would both die together, or whether he would keep the water for himself, live, and watch the other person die.

But the Leafs, as Robertson recalled, were the only team that based their entire combine interview with him on his reaction to video clips of Marlies and Leafs games. He was asked what he thought should happen next in different plays.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« on: May 19, 2020, 10:04:01 AM »
Best not to draw too many conclusions from a highlight pack, especially for defensemen, as they're normally centered on (relatively rare) scoring plays and it's hard to gauge the frequency these plays happen (we do have a raw count of his points...) as it just leads to survivor bias;
I'll never forget this tweet, which used Ben Harpur's one (1) NHL goal in 103 games to make it seem like he's a player who likes to jump into the rush

I did a quick YouTube search of Ben Harpur. Highlights came up as a suggestion about 8 down (after ben harpur music). His longest highlights related video is 3:50 from before he was called up to the NHL and it is only that long because it was an interview. It was worth the watch though because my favourite son-in-law makes a brief appearance (0:39-0:51).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mikko Lehtonen signs with Leafs
« on: May 18, 2020, 12:35:05 PM »
Best not to draw too many conclusions from a highlight pack, especially for defensemen, as they're normally centered on (relatively rare) scoring plays and it's hard to gauge the frequency these plays happen (we do have a raw count of his points...) as it just leads to survivor bias; unless it's like a Mitch Marner OHL highlight reel where it's over 40 minutes long for a whole season.

The highlight video is good at showcasing Lehtonen's skating ability and puck movement and vision, but it won't show all the times he took pot-shots from the blueline corner at the expense of better options (Barrie-ing it) if that's a thing he does (Scott Wheeler thinks so). It also doesn't show what princedpw was looking for in gap control because no one makes a highlight reel where nothing happens for public consumption.

All I have been able to surmise is Lehtonen skates really well (2nd most distance traveled in the KHL last season), is relied on by his rather good team for offense (as well as defensive minutes), and has a good wrist and slap shot that can beat some goalies if he takes them in prime locations. His profile to me reads like a more defensively responsible Calle Rosen (who started out as an overshooter). Some promising data from the KHL player tracking information shows he completes a lot of passes, especially to his forwards, which is exactly the type of defenseman the Leafs could use.

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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: May 16, 2020, 09:19:04 PM »

Not a minor Leaf, but semi-minor news. Probably doesnt mind the break in game action!

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