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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2016-2017
« on: Yesterday at 04:56:56 PM »
Some talk about Nolan Patrick and the draft here yesterday, last week Bob McKenzie released his pre-season rankings for the 2017 draft: http://www.tsn.ca/mckenzie-s-pre-season-ranking-the-nolan-patrick-draft-1.567410

What he wrote on Patrick was interesting:

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While some of the scouts surveyed by TSN do not discount Patrick evolving into that role, the consensus view is Patrick is projected more as a second-line NHL centre and doesn't have the same “wow” factor as McDavid, Eichel and Matthews.

"He's going to be a good, maybe very good, NHL player," one scout said, "but he isn't a dynamic player. His skating isn't bad but he's not dynamic like those others [McDavid, Eichel and Matthews]."

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Patrick's birthday is Sept. 19, so he was just four days off being eligible for last season's draft. Had he been available last June, where would he slot amongst the best players of a very strong draft class, like Matthews, Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi and Pierre-Luc Dubois, among others?

The consensus amongst scouts surveyed by TSN is that Patrick wouldn't have displaced any of the top four picks in last year's draft. Depending on the scout, they retroactively rank Patrick anywhere between No. 5 and 10, based on his 2015-16 season.

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I think they should swap Timashov and Leivo in these lines.

I agree in theory but I wouldn't get too worked up about these yet. I mean the odds of Nylander starting the season at centre are pretty much non-existent anyway.

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Timashov-Bozak-Marner
So who is going to shoot the puck?

I actually think that Bozak-Marner could be slightly reminiscent of Bozak-Kessel. Just in the sense that when Marner gains entry into offensive zone with the puck he can often draw players towards him, and that could open up room for Bozak who for whatever reason has a real knack for being in the right place at the right time.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Matthews or BUST
« on: Yesterday at 11:17:10 AM »
So, his debut is Tonight...

Now that Canada won, will Babs be behind the bench ?

No Matthews tonight actually. And while Babs was at practice he watched from the stands, so expect Hiller to coach again.

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That's two games now that Gardiner and Corrado have been paired together. It could mean nothing at all. Or everything. Or something in between.

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General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Armchair GM 2016-2017
« on: Yesterday at 10:21:37 AM »
TheLeafsNation: What Game Score Says About The Leafs At The World Cup

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Roman Polak: In what is perhaps the least surprising thing of this tournament, Polak was not good. Actually, that's underselling it, he was bad. Actually, that's underselling it, he was very bad. Actually, thats' underselling it, he was extremely bad. Actually, that's underselling it, he was terrible. Actually, that's underselling it, he was on another level of terrible that I was frankly unaware existed. Actually, that's underselling it, he was horrific in the same way that most horror movies are also horrific, just scary bad, but also still frightening to watch if you have a rooting interest for the characters involved. Actually, that's underselling it, he was an actual train-wreck. Actually, that's underselling it, he was an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. Actually, that's underselling it, he was a perfect analogy for ice hockey's version of the Titanic. Actually, that's underselling it, he was worse than the Raycroft for Rask trade. Okay on second thought, that last one went a bit too far. The point is that Polak did not play well. He had the worst Game Score at the tournament thanks to the worst Corsi differential there at -36. The next worst player was a three-way tie at -24. The difference between Polak and the next worst Corsi performance is the same as that guy and the guy 34 players below him. That bad. Polak was also a -4 in 5-on-5 goal differential, also last, but this time, he had company as it was a five-way tie with four players on Team USA. But hey, at least he got an assist and blocked six shots. It is honestly impressive how bad Polak was, I didn't think it could be done, but it was done, and it was done by a member of the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs.

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No Matthews? Too bad, I was gonna watch this one if he were in.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Matthews or BUST
« on: September 29, 2016, 10:38:51 AM »
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Chris Nichols ‏@NicholsOnHockey
Dreger: Video of Auston Matthews shattering the glass drew 50,000 page views online for TSN within 3-5 hours of being posted. #Leafs 1260

It annoyed so many non Leafs fans too.  There's going to be a lot of hate thrown against our team and fans if this guy pans out to be the stud we hope he is.

I mean I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Any chance for Nylander v Nylander tonight and Matthews v Eichel tomorrow?

Hornby confirms the first one:

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Lance Hornby ‏@sunhornby
Nylander vs Nylander tonight in St. Kitts. "Mom will be wearing a half Leaf, half Sabres sweater," says William.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Matthews or BUST
« on: September 29, 2016, 10:02:40 AM »
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Chris Nichols ‏@NicholsOnHockey
Dreger: Video of Auston Matthews shattering the glass drew 50,000 page views online for TSN within 3-5 hours of being posted. #Leafs 1260

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The Leafs are in St. Catharines tonight taking on the Sabres. The Kadri/Nylander group plays tonight, while Matthews will make his Leafs preseason debut tomorrow night with the 2nd group. Lines at practice yesterday were:

Rychel-Kadri-Holland
Hyman-Nylander-Martin
Lindberg-C.Smith-Clune
Leivo-Gauthier-Leipsic
Cameranesi

Valiev-Carrick
Dermott-Marincin
Loov-Holl
Hrabarenka-Brouillard

Sparks
Kaskisuo

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Training Camp Opens
« on: September 28, 2016, 01:47:55 PM »
In other news, here is Matthews ruining practice for everyone.

Oh my god look how proud of it he is. I'm going to love this guy.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Jared Cowen on waivers for purpose of a buyout
« on: September 28, 2016, 12:50:01 PM »
Also from Bob:

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Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie
Back to Cowen, as far as TOR and NHL concerned, he's been bought out. Arbitrator can uphold that or reverse it based on hearing/evidence.

This confirms what was said earlier - as far as the cap goes, TOR currently has the cap credit from Cowen's buyout until this hearing happens.

If this is the case I'm actually not that worried about it anymore. Previously I thought the way that this went down was the Leafs attempted to buyout Cowen but he and his agent blocked/held it up before it became official. And the hearing was basically to decide how to move forward. But if the NHL actually allowed the buyout to go through despite Cowen's claim that he was hurt then that puts the Leafs in a much more powerful position here.

I think that the odds of the worse-case scenario happening (that is the buyout being reversed and Cowen spends the season on LTIR) are basically slim-to-none.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Training Camp Opens
« on: September 28, 2016, 12:09:59 PM »
Lines at today's scrimmages, via @markhmasters:

Group 1

Rychel-Kadri-Holland
Hyman-Nylander-Martin
Lindberg-C.Smith-Clune
Leivo-Gauthier-Leipsic
Cameranesi

Valiev-Carrick
Dermott-Marincin
Loov-Holl
Hrabarenka-Brouillard

Group 2

JVR-Matthews-Komarov
Michalek-Bozak-Marner
Greening-Laich-Brown
Prust-Froese-Kapanen
Timashov

Gardiner-Corrado
Hunwick-Zaitsev
Nielsen-Rielly
Campbell-Polak

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Jared Cowen on waivers for purpose of a buyout
« on: September 28, 2016, 11:45:45 AM »
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Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie  11 minutes ago
Quick break for bit of news: Jared Cowen's grievance hearing with independent arbitrator is set for Oct. 19. Cowen grieving his TOR buyout.

I'd be pretty surprised if this didn't end with a resolution that both sides are fairly happy with.

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