Leafs' young stars are creating shots at star-like rates

DragLikePull
November 30 2016 02:49AM

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Auston Matthews has gotten off to a pretty fast start to his NHL career.  His 9 goals have him tied for the team lead on the Leafs with Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk, while his 17 points are just one off the team lead.  Even more impressive is his shot volume.  Matthews has taken 77 shots through 21 games, which is the 6th most in the entire league.  And Matthews is doing it in a smaller number of minutes than other top players, as he's the only one in the top 15 in shots who's getting fewer than 18 minutes a night.

This got me wondering how Matthews compares to some of the other best young players in recent years.  So I grabbed a list of the top shooters from the past decade who were 20 years old or younger.

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The Edmonton Oilers without Connor McDavid on the ice

Christian Pagnani
November 29 2016 03:54PM

The Oilers rely a lot on Connor McDavid. That much isn't a secret. McDavid leads the team in ice-time and is fifth in the entire NHL for forwards, along with having a 12-point lead on the next highest scorer on his team. 

It’s safe to say McDavid is a massively important part of Edmonton’s team. But do they rely on him too much? Is there an actual good NHL team on the ice when he isn't? How do they compare to other top teams in the league in terms of reliance on their top centre? 

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By The Numbers: Analyzing the Jets early struggles on defense

Garret Hohl
November 29 2016 01:30PM

Suffice it to say, the Jets struggled thus far this season in many areas. The normally average-to-strong shot metrics is a new one for the Jets.

To determine why, we compare how each of the Jets performed relative to their historic norm.

In this article, we investigate the Jets' blue-liners.

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3 observations from the Flames road trip

Pat Steinberg
November 29 2016 10:00AM

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The Calgary Flames just completed their longest road trip of the season, playing six games in nine nights in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 3-2-1, the Flames earned seven of a possible 12 points and return home one game closer to the .500 mark than when they left. 

Three things jumped out at me during Calgary's excursion, two negative and one positive.

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Should The Leafs Swap Enroth For Ramo?

DragLikePull
November 28 2016 05:25PM

A few weeks ago when Frederik Andersen was really struggling I wrote an article looking at whether his struggles were out of the norm relative to the rest of his career and found that they weren't.  Andersen's first five games with the Leafs did not have good results, but it was just the kind of rough patch that goalies will have from time-to-time, and I said that he'd likely bounce back.  In the 11 games that Andersen's played since then his SV% is .931.  As has been typical of his career, after a period with bad results, Andersen followed up by playing very well.

The other Leafs goalie, Jhonas Enroth, has undergone a similar struggle.  He's made five appearances this season, posting a SV% of just .886.  Should we expect him to bounce back too, or should we be worried that he's hit a new career low?

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