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Lou Lamoriello, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, talks trade

Leafs Notebook – Buy, Sell or Hold at the Trade Deadline? – January 16

The season is over halfway complete, the bye week is about to end, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are firmly a playoff team at...

Leafs Notebook – Auston Matthews’ ice time, breakout struggles, Travis Dermott’s debut – January...

Since he broke into the league in 2016-17, Auston Matthews is tied for second in goals for with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin despite...
Mike Babcock, head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Systems Analysis: The Toronto Maple Leafs like to “cheat”… but is that a problem?

Phil Kessel was singled out for doing it. He cheated. Same thing with William Nylander. He cheats. Let’s watch Nylander do it right now.   Did you catch...

Leafs Notebook – New Year’s Resolutions – January 2

With the NHL season about halfway done and 2018 now upon us, it's time for some New Year’s Resolutions, Toronto Maple Leafs edition. Before we...
Mike Babcock on the Toronto Maple Leafs bench

Anthony Petrielli analyzes the Toronto Maple Leafs’ systems on The Leafs Geeks Podcast

MLHS' Anthony Petrielli joined The Leafs Geeks podcast over the Christmas break to discuss the team's play of late, systems adjustments, Jake Gardiner's play...

Leafs Notebook – First bout of adversity & the numbers and video behind why...

For the first time this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are facing some real adversity. They are 5-5-0 in their last ten, are currently...

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ change in playing style: Separating fact from fiction

This piece was supposed to be about William Nylander and his defensive game, but it changed as it took shape. We’ll eventually get to him,...
William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Jake Gardiner and Patrick Marleau of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – William Nylander at center, power play struggles, shots against – December...

It's an extended notes edition of Leafs Notebook this week. Seems fitting to do it during a week in which the Leafs don’t play...
Mike Babcock on the Toronto Maple Leafs bench

Leafs Notebook – Mike Babcock’s line shuffles & an adjustment for the power play...

One of the constants throughout the 2016-17 season was Mike Babcock's line combinations. At one point in the middle of the campaign, he noted that,...
Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate a goal agains the Anaheim Ducks

The Toronto Maple Leafs and high-danger scoring chances

It’s an age-old mantra and every hockey coach’s plea: Go to the net and good things happen. Knowing scoring from in close is a consistent...
Auston Matthews and William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – Taking stock at the quarter pole, line shuffles & breakouts –...

“You’re never as good as you think you are when you win, and you’re never as bad as you feel when you lose.” The Toronto...
Mike Babcock, head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Compete: Defining and Illustrating a Nebulous Hockey Concept

I often have difficulty deciphering what coaches mean by “compete.” Here is an example from Mike Babcock. In the quote below, my focus is on...

Leafs Notebook – The Nikita Zaitsev contract, Morgan Rielly’s hot start & recent adjustments...

This past Spring, before he became a restricted free agent, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year, $31.5 million deal. The $4.5...
Morgan Rielly of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Rielly the Rusher: A look at the defenceman’s strong first quarter

There has been lots of love lately for the stellar play of Morgan Rielly and his partnership with free agent signing Ron Hainsey. I had...
Mike Babcock

Leafs Notebook – Adjustments needed after 2-6 stretch – November 6

The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t the first team to eat some humble pie on a west coast road trip, nor will they be the...

Nazem Kadri and the Misconceptions Around Defense

Nazem Kadri has become quite the hockey player. He exhibits an excellent mix of physical persistence and belligerence that makes him difficult to play...
Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – Dissecting Frederik Andersen’s slow start – October 30

Maybe October just isn’t Frederik Andersen’s month. Last season, he was the new goalie in town and had the type of slow start that gave...

On Mitch Marner’s start and the Roman Polak signing 

This week, we'll take a look at the numbers behind Mitch Marner's slow-ish start and the decision to bring back Roman Polak on a...

Leafs Notebook – Defence pairs, the Roman Polak signing, “trapping” the Leafs & more...

There has been a common refrain from the Toronto Maple Leafs' opponents so far this season that has gone something along the lines of:...
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs Notebook – An early look at ice time distribution – October 18

Six games into the season, pretty well everything is coming up roses for the 5-1-0 Toronto Maple Leafs. They lead the league in goals per...

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