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Re: Paul McFarland heading back to the OHL
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2020, 01:36:22 PM »

Jack Han, former Minute Tactics video guy turned Leafs hockey ops/dev assistant, then Marlies assistant coach this past season is now a free agent, and thus back to writing. His latest touches on the Leafs powerplay and the nuances of inverting wingers.

If your winger is a shooter, then having them on their off wing can be a bonus. Any powerplay I've ran, I've always inverted my wingers.

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Re: Paul McFarland heading back to the OHL
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2020, 12:57:40 PM »

Saving this for break-time reading.

Honestly, the largest failing of this season's PP was neglecting Nylander's entry and playmaking prowess and instead using Matthews as an entry option. Auston* has the largest 'gravitational pull' on the ice, so use him to make space for Marner or Nylander and let him get lost in the weeds after crossing over.

* He was, by the numbers, our best entry player on the PP though, because Marner kind of just didn't really have it most of the year.

edit: o hai that's my son-in-law
Auston Matthews receiving more dangerous passes was in a large part due to William Nylander playing the net-front/low position on PP1 in 2019. Nylander excelled in the position because he was both an excellent passer and a scoring threat, second on the Leafs to Auston Matthews in 5v4 goals scored this season. In fact, Nylander scored 8 5v4 goals in 2019, exactly as many as John Tavares did in 2018, in 20 fewer minutes played.

Nylander replacing Tavares elevated the netfront position to more than just a player to whom to funnel passes to, aiming for deflections and shots in-tight. Instead, Nylander was able to turn it into a dual-threat because he was a better 5v4 passer in 2019 than Tavares was in 2018.


When looking at total royal road passes, Nylander made 4 times as many royal road passes as Tavares, nearly half of his shot assists. Even when narrowing it down to just low chaos shot assists, Nylander still completed 14 royal road passes. To compare to Marner, who is considered the Leafs’ best playmaker, Nylander’s 16 royal road shot assists were more than Marner’s in both seasons (11 in 2018, 9 in 2019). 
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Re: Paul McFarland heading back to the OHL
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2020, 06:02:19 PM »
Ya, but don't ya thunk that we should still get rid of that bum Nylander dude?
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