Kasperi Kapanen is ripping apart the AHL, so keep him there

Jeff Veillette
December 05 2016 03:12PM

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When we did our prospect rankings in August, I was significantly less bearish about Kasperi Kapanen than the rest of the staff. More specifically, I had him in my Top Five when I made my first draft of the team, sat down, realized that the draft was largely intuition, and started looking at every prospect's career trajectory.

It clicked to me at that point that as much as I loved watching Kapanen fly down the ice, and as much as I had heard the world be spoken of him before he came to the Leafs... he hadn't done a heck of a bunch.

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The most (and least) improved Leafs of November

Jeff Veillette
December 02 2016 01:55PM

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Yesterday, we went over the Leafs' statistical progress as a team over the month of November. The overall conclusion was that they're getting pucks closer to the net and that the spike in puck-stopping has gone a long way in making the team Actually Good (TM). Continuing the trend, I dove into just about every statistic that I could pull out for October and November for individual players at and came up with three names in each direction that deserve to be pointed out for their progression from month to month.

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The Leafs' Statistical Progression In November, As A Team

Jeff Veillette
December 01 2016 12:31PM

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November is officially behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. Over the course of those 30 days, the team went 8-5-1 and gave everybody a heck of a lot to be excited about, even if that 7-0 loss to the Kings made life feel temporarily pointless. With December's games soon to be underway and the Leafs sitting a point out of a Wildcard spot, I figured it would be interesting to compare where the Leafs stand now to where they did before. We'll be breaking this up into two posts, with this one covering just the team's statistics. Let's dive in!

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Leafs remain third in Forbes team value rankings, probably don't care

Jeff Veillette
November 30 2016 11:02AM

It's that time of year again, where Forbes magazine publishes their best guess at what the values of every NHL team are, and people get into a big fuss over where their team is ranked. In recent years, those in Toronto were able to sit back and laugh while the team sat in the top seed, but last season, the Blue and White fell from the peak of the mountain. This year, they've remained in the Bronze Medalist position, trailing two fellow Eastern Conference teams.

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How the Leafs won the Edmonton Matchup War before the opening faceoff

Jeff Veillette
November 30 2016 02:50AM

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In case you missed it last night, the Leafs beat the Edmonton Oilers again. It was a fun time; Auston Matthews scored on the powerplay, everybody got mad at Nazem Kadri a bunch of times, and boy, oh boy, did we ever hear about the "matchup" angle again and again and again. At least it wasn't like the 2013 playoff round against the Bruins, though, where Randy Carlyle was given credit for waiting a bit to pick his line whether it worked or not simply because it was convenient; in this case, Kadri really did give Connor McDavid a run for his money a few weeks prior.

You have a $4.5 million, 26-year-old player, once considered defensively irresponsible, neutralizing a player who might become the league's best since Mario Lemieux. It was a huge deal. So much so that it became the talk of both morning skates.

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