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Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« Reply #465 on: October 12, 2018, 02:52:05 PM »
Nine seconds into it Johnny Toronto in his office between the legs to Awesome Matthews. Red Light.
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« Reply #466 on: October 15, 2018, 03:00:13 AM »
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« Reply #467 on: October 15, 2018, 03:37:06 AM »
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« Reply #468 on: October 15, 2018, 01:40:29 PM »
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« Reply #469 on: October 15, 2018, 02:39:04 PM »
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« Reply #470 on: October 19, 2018, 02:34:41 PM »
Tavares: can do this cuz John Tavares.
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« Reply #471 on: October 19, 2018, 05:53:04 PM »
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« Reply #472 on: November 05, 2018, 02:02:01 PM »
https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/john-tavares-toronto-marlies-dynasty-profile/

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Naylor had a clearer view from the bench and doesn’t fall back on the clichés about character and the like — excellence is the residue of hard work, etc. “John had a great work ethic but I’ve seen that with a lot of kids over the years,” he says. “Other things, though, made him unique. He had an ability to get to the net, through traffic, that was probably something that carried over from playing lacrosse. He always had great ability to anticipate the play. Every game there’d be at least a couple of times when I’d wonder how he got so wide open for a scoring chance. You see that with [Alexander] Ovechkin and it really jumps out, that type of hockey sense. It’s rare [even] with stars in the NHL but John had that at age 12. That’s not stuff that comes with hard work. That’s just vision and awareness and the ability to process the game so much faster than everyone else.”

Also of note, a lot of Tavares' off-ice time was spent on Sam Gagner's backyard rink, which was only large enough for 3-on-3, i.e. consider Auston Matthews' development on half-sheets in Arizona where he had to learn to battle for his space and handle the puck in traffic. Tavares and Matthews are the types of centres that can score from just about anywhere in nearly any conceivable fashion, and usually do it right in the eye of the chaos on top of the crease.
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Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« Reply #473 on: January 11, 2019, 01:39:38 PM »
"Yeah... imma just tip this, sweep this and backhand this."

Johnny Toronto on pace to surpass Vaive/Andreychuk/Leeman.
Mitchy's hockey IQ/passing/terrorizing simply yuge part of it :)
And props to Hymie's digging, it's just a superb line.
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« Reply #474 on: January 11, 2019, 02:02:55 PM »
I agree with Jeff Blair... that's why I was recommending possibly breaking up the duo to spread the wealth around a bit since no one else is going right now.
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Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« Reply #475 on: January 11, 2019, 02:31:14 PM »
I think more than his current line mates, this is the first time in John's career where his line isn't the only line that can be dominant. For his entire career that game plan was simple, top unit shut down Tavares.

With the Leafs this year, you have to make a choice, go after Matthews line or Tavares line. I think that makes a difference as well.

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« Reply #476 on: January 11, 2019, 05:08:44 PM »
I think more than his current line mates, this is the first time in John's career where his line isn't the only line that can be dominant. For his entire career that game plan was simple, top unit shut down Tavares.

With the Leafs this year, you have to make a choice, go after Matthews line or Tavares line. I think that makes a difference as well.

Agreed. I don't agree with Blair. This isn't just the Marner show. JT and Marner are helping each other reach these numbers. JT creates a lot of space for Mitch because he's a threat on his own. I said it before, anyone here think Marner gets these numbers with Marleau and Kadri? Not a chance.
Now add in Matthews who does still gets a heavy dose of the other teams #1 and it all helps. Don't take it wrong, I'm not saying anything negative about Marner but it's far from what Blair and some in the media suggest.

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Re: John Tavares is a Maple Leaf
« Reply #477 on: January 12, 2019, 10:27:03 AM »
It would be interesting to see where the leafs would be in the standings if JT hadn't signed.

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« Reply #478 on: January 12, 2019, 01:12:24 PM »
It would be interesting to see where the leafs would be in the standings if JT hadn't signed.
It certainly would. I'm betting a lot further down the standings considering we were missing Nylander and Matthews for significant time together. We may be outside the playoffs right now. I don't think people are giving him the credit he deserves and the impact he's had on this team.

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« Reply #478 on: January 12, 2019, 01:12:24 PM »