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Gus Katsaros is the McKeen's Hockey Director of Analytics & Pro Scouting and has been writing at MLHS since 2009.
kasperi kapanen of the toronto maple leafs

On Kasperi Kapanen’s emergence and the Bruins vs. Lightning Round 1 question

Mike Babcock nailed it when he said Kasperi Kapanen makes a difference when he’s on the ice.  Be it as a penalty killer or a quick...
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...

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,...
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...
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...
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...

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...

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...
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game Tape: Breaking down the goals against versus the Montreal Canadiens

Each of the Montreal Canadiens goals on Saturday night was created by an error from a Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman. Alex Galchenyuk’s marker may be...

Why the Toronto Maple Leafs’ playoff road may run through Montreal

Watching the Maple Leafs dismantle the Jets in the regular season opener loosened the ghosts that lurk in the corners of my mind, fuelling...

Toronto Maple Leafs Systems: What to look for vs. Washington

An overview of the Maple Leafs' systems in each zone ahead of their first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals. Even StrengthDefensive Zone The Leafs' preferred...

How Mitch Marner Shatters the Size Myth

Mitch Marner, the highly-touted prospect soon to graduate to full-blown NHLer, falls under hockey’s definition of "small" – even if he’s listed at six...
Nazem Kadri

Toronto Maple Leafs 2015-16 Player Projections

Does 216 team goals sound about right, ten more than a disappointing 2014-15? Does Tyler Bozak repeat a 12.55% 5v4 shooting percentage and lead the...

Katsaros: Phil Kessel Trade About Recouping Assets

Teams rarely, if ever, receive a substantial enough, or even on-par, return for elite athletes. The Phil Kessel case is no different. A club's desire to...

A Quick Morgan Rielly Interview

Passing along a quick conversation with Morgan Rielly from later on this past season: On your personal development: This was your sophomore season; a bit...

The Maple Leafs Transition Game

This quote triggered the thought process behind this post.This is kind of a good analogy. You could go into a zone and take three...

Boom to Bust: The Demise of Leafs & Blackhawks Penalty Kill

A systematic explanation of the Leafs penalty killing isn’t fully available to explain the dramatic drop off. There isn’t enough of a systematic change...
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Maple Leafs Systems – The Penalty Kill

There isn’t much I can add to the powerplay analysis that wasn’t in the write up by JP Nikota describing the Leafs use of...

Maple Leafs Systems – Neutral Zone & Offensive Zone Forechecking

Unlike a singular rigid structure in the defensive zone, neutral and offensive zone systems fluctuate upon game factors including score, time remaining, and game...
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Toronto Maple Leafs Systems – Defensive Zone

INTRODUCTIONI've always had an keen interest in systems, the X's and O's technical side, with a desire to document team systems across the entire...

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