September 02 2016 10:59AM
Alex Novet did some really fantastic work on neutral zone playing styles recently, taking Corey Sznajder's incredible work on zone entries and turning it into something that can help define player roles.
For this article I'll be drawing on Novet's work once again in attempt to better define player chemistry.
August 03 2016 10:41AM
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Alex Novet recently did some interesting work building off of Corey Sznajder's ambitious (and awesome) zone entry project from the 2013-2014 season. Today, I'm going to take a Leafs-centric look at what Alex came up with last month.
July 25 2016 12:33PM
There's cool new statistical research being done in the field of hockey all the time, and Arik Parnass' work on special teams is far from the exception. In this article, we'll be taking a Leafs-centric view of his recently-unveiled ZEFR Rate, which he's shown to be the most effective metric we have at evaluating powerplays so far.
July 08 2016 08:55AM
It's been a couple of weeks now since the Leafs made the draft day trade that sent prospect Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-rounder to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Kerby Rychel.
In retrospect, that's probably the Leafs' most universally well-liked move of the off-season.
A first-rounder of the 2013 draft, Rychel plays a hard-nosed, well-rounded game. He was a two-time 40 goal-scorer in the OHL, so he has some legitimate skill, too.
Harrington was a second-rounder in the 2011 draft and came over to the Leafs as part of the Phil Kessel trade. He's a stay-at-home defenseman that spent half of his season with the Leafs and half of it with the Marlies before being shut down for the year with injury in February.
Generally speaking, it's not surprising that Leafs fans favor a deal that saw the team move out a defenseman considered to not much offense to give in exchange for someone that people think could total as many as 30-40 points in the NHL in a given season some day.
July 03 2016 10:01AM
With the Leafs signing fourth-liner Matt Martin to a contract worth $10 million, there's been lots of talk already about how the Leafs will probably regret that contract in the future. By extension, there's been lots of talk about how the Leafs might eventually get out from under that contract.