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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:26:46 AM »
12. Jeremy Bracco

Marner-lite when drafted with an interesting skating quirk, and now a PP specialist whose path to the NHL is firmly blocked by Marner and Nylander. Unless our top-9 wings suddenly get really good at PK, there's no way Bracco gets into the 4th line either.

Kind of surprising he's fallen so far. Can't he get on the third line at some point? He put up great point totals last year, I think he might be able to help out the big team. We'll see how he does in camp.

He hasn't fallen so much as he just doesn't fill the NHL squad's gaps. Kapanen was a similar player of arguably lesser skill in certain capacities, but has leveraged an asset (speed) to fill a niche the Leafs needed (PK). Johnsson was primarily a PP sniper coming up the Swedish system and under Dubas/Keefe transformed into a stronger skating puck hound and garbage goal scoring threat (Dubas likens him to Arvidsson). Engvall was a large PP shooter that has developed a two-way game off of his size and skating. If Bracco can add one + level element to his off-puck game, he's in. As it stands, Bracco is on track to being Seth Griffith'd.

Edit: Frank beat me to it.

The comments in the article are amazingly similar to some of our conversations here lol

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: August 16, 2019, 08:19:12 AM »
12. Jeremy Bracco

Marner-lite when drafted with an interesting skating quirk, and now a PP specialist whose path to the NHL is firmly blocked by Marner and Nylander. Unless our top-9 wings suddenly get really good at PK, there's no way Bracco gets into the 4th line either.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: August 15, 2019, 06:24:33 PM »
CJ’s radio hit today updating on the Marner situation
https://www.sportsnet.ca/590/prime-time-sports/cj-marner-contract-nylander-confidence/

Mitch Marner called up William Nylander to get some advice on the contract situation. CJ doesn’t believe there is much of a gap between the two sides at this time, and it appears to him that the Leafs have stepped closer to Marner’s agent’s ask.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPz6AQD3EBg
Repeated again for Sid

Transcribed by MLHS

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Coach Mike Babcock
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:36:08 PM »
I think the average for a top line in the League is 22 minutes. Auston and JT's lines at that means an extra SIX minutes on the ice every game that a top line is on the ice.

Last season just 7 forwards averaged more than 22 minutes a game. And I'm not saying that there's a direct connection between the two but 6 of those forwards didn't make the playoffs, and the 7th (MacKinnon) just barely got in. The season before that it was just 2.

The centers of McDavid, Barkov, Kopitar, Couturier, MacKinnon and Draisaitl all played at least 22 minutes last year. Crosby, Toews, Giroux, Larkin and Schiefle averaged at least 21 minutes.

Outside of Scheifele (and sort of Crosby, but not really due to injury), I think it's safe to say all those teams were 1 line + poop.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Coach Mike Babcock
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:34:52 PM »
I know people were griping about Matthews' ice time for game 7, but weren't the shift counts about the same between Tavares and Matthews? The only reason his minutes came out shorter were Matthews' shift lengths were tighter. Tavares still had the Bergeron assignment operating with only half a Hyman so naturally those shifts dragged longer.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: August 15, 2019, 12:56:07 PM »
I think it's more likely we see Petan on waivers than lining up at centre for us at any point this season. It was obviously a pretty tiny sample size in limited minutes but Petan never really stood out much when he did get in the line-up. I have higher expectations for Agostino and I don't even have him in my projected healthy line-up. We'll see what happens, should be a good battle at camp for those last few roster spots.

I think you'll end up being right. I really would like to see Petan get some time with actual skill on his wings though. It's the same thing he ran into with Maurice in Winnipeg when he was mired on their 4th line grind unit with Stonehands McGee and Concrete Mitts.

Of the 4th line carousel of options, he and Spezza are the only ones that offer anything for the 2nd unit PP.

Tavares-Matthews-Nylander-Marner-Rielly
Mikheyev-Petan-Spezza-Johnsson-Barrie
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Moore - Kerfoot - Kapanen - Muzzin-Ceci to return to 5v5

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:10:34 AM »
13. Nic Petan

I have decided that Nic Petan shall be my new Seth Griffith, but better. He looks absolutely misused in his post junior career.

Think he plays more than 10 games as a Leaf this season?

I can see a situation in which Petan - Kerfoot - Kapanen is a line for a bit because I don't think Moore is going to be able to keep up an entire season in the top 9, and Mikheyev will need some adjustment time. Sort of depends what Agostino/Shore are bringing to the table too. Pretty sure Babcock is going to hate Aberg.

What might be really interesting fun would be
Kerfoot - Tavares - Marner
Mikheyev - Matthews - Nylander
Johnsson - Petan - Kapanen
Moore - Shore - Spezza

He's got a 2 year deal which makes him easier to send down, but I can also see this being a hedge for backfilling the LW depth to open trading Hyman at the deadline.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: August 15, 2019, 09:09:16 AM »
13. Nic Petan

I have decided that Nic Petan shall be my new Seth Griffith, but better. He looks absolutely misused in his post junior career.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: William Nylander
« on: August 14, 2019, 09:46:31 PM »
I swear this isn’t me, but he’s doing exactly what I’d be doing if I bothered learning how to clip videos.


Even when he was ‘garbage’, Nylander was productive and could have easily been even moreso.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: August 14, 2019, 09:11:29 AM »
14. Ilya Mikheyev



and in case you missed it, Justin Bourne breaks down some video to identify why he thinks the Leafs targeted Mikheyev: he's always prodding for offensive openings.

It's thanks to one of the skills I really look for in players: their ability to hold the puck under pressure and escaping it. It's why I really like Nylander, and Tavares, and Matthews, and Marner, and Gardiner. The Leafs have dropped players that played hot potato with the puck and have loaded up on more players like this: Kerfoot, Barrie, Mikheyev, Muzzin (sort of).

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: August 13, 2019, 02:02:08 PM »
Tkachuk is reportedly not even talking to the Flames and will likely miss the season opener.

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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Re: Ranking Prospects 2019-2020
« on: August 13, 2019, 09:49:16 AM »
15. Mac Hollowell

I like this one.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Mitch Marner: what now?
« on: August 12, 2019, 04:49:34 PM »
Kind of hoping for Zach Hyman's brother to dish on the contract situation again.

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