Neutral Zone Playing Styles and the Leafs

Shawn Reis
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.

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Leafs On The Powerplay: ZEFR Rate

Shawn Reis
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.

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What Does pGPS Say About the Harrington for Rychel Trade?

Shawn Reis
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.

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Why A Matt Martin Buyout Will Never Happen

Shawn Reis
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.

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HERO Chart Rankings For The Players On The Trade Market

Shawn Reis
June 24 2016 12:18PM

With the first round of the draft only a handful of hours away and at least a couple of trades sounding pretty likely to drop within the next 24 hours, now seems like a good time to take a surface-level look at the quality of players rumored to be available.

Domenic Galamini's excellent HERO Charts provide us a great avenue to do that. I've compiled the Primary Points Per 60 and Relative Corsi For % numbers of both the forwards and defenseman that may or not be in play. These numbers give us a good look at which players teams would be smart to go after and which players teams should avoid.

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