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  1. Defensive stats

    I would entirely second this. The Athletic is the best way to read sports.. especially hockey. It's also well worth the money. I do think CYS is looking to dink around on his own though... The Athletic is good, but you're at the mercy of whatever the author chooses to write about at the Athletic. If nobody is writing about defensive metrics, at the time he is interested, it doesn't do him much good.
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    You can only masturbate so many times...
  3. Defensive stats

    I mean... you can break it down into the essence of what these stats mean. GOOD CORSI = When player is on ice, his team usually has puck. BAD CORSI = When player is on ice, other team usually has puck. GOOD SCF% = When player is on ice, his team generates more scoring chances than they give up. GOOD GF% = When player is on ice, his team scores more goals than they give up. The thing to keep in mind with all of these stats is that they can be misleading when you look at small samples (one game, or even just a few games).
  4. Defensive stats

    There is no one stat that you can go to. I would also try and erase the idea of defensive defensemen from your mind. The game has evolved a lot and moved away from defensive/shut down defensemen (e.g. Scott Stevens) and purely offensive defensemen (e.g. Letang) to more hybrids (Hedman, Karlsson, etc.). That said, you're looking for defensemen that drive possession (positive CORSI). You can sort CORSI (CF%) for all sorts of situations/positions/etc., here: https://www.naturalstattrick.com/playerteams.php?season=20172018&stype=2&sit=5v5&score=all&stdoi=oi&rate=n&team=ALL&pos=D&loc=B&toi=200&gpfilt=none&fd=&td=&tgp=82&lines=single The problem is that, in the role you're describing, these guys would typically be matched up against the other team's top forwards, who tend to drive possession for their own team. They try to balance this by indexing CORSI against something called QOC (Quality of Competition). This is in and of itself an okay metric, but becomes harder to rank guys. I generally use natural stat trick to look at the ratio of puck possession (CF%, puck possession), and on-ice scoring chances and goal scoring ratios (SCF%, GF%). Take a look at each of them, and you'll start to see some common names near the top of the list... and the bottom of the list. Also worth noting that a lot of the "go to" sites have taken away a lot of their functionality and/or restricted it to premium access... meaning you have to pay.
  5. Leafs sign John Tavares

  6. Mirtle suggested this. It's technically considered tampering to suggest anything like this, but it would never get discovered.
  7. Sorry... I love Andersen, but he WAS inconsistent in the playoffs this year. The Leafs definitely didn't give him ANY support defensively. None whatsoever. Freddie stood on his head in each of the Leaf wins... however in the Leaf losses, especially Games 1-2, Freddie was mediocre. At the end of the day, Freddie is NOT the problem. The D is. But if Freddie can give you .920 or .930 SV% each game consistently, as opposed to 0.850 one game and 0.950 the next game, the Leafs would probably do much better. Again, I would not put one single iota of blame on Andersen for what happened in this playoff series. However, you cannot argue that he was consistent for the last 7 games. The numbers simply don't back it up.
  8. Yeah... they need to take Komarov and Polak away from Babcock. Even Bozak. He is way too loyal to those guys.
  9. I actually agree with you guys on the size thing. We have a ton of fast, skilled guys, but a lot of them are on the smaller end. It kind of makes me wonder why we traded Soshnikov. The Marlies actually have a couple of big boys too.... Mason Marchment and the Goat up front, and Calle Rosen and the Borg Man on D. I have said this since the preseason, but the Leafs are going to regret letting Brian Boyle walk. He wasn't even that expensive when you consider that they signed Dom Moore to fill that role, and then traded for Plekanec. Had they signed Boyle, they would have had a reliable 4th line centre that could win draws, drive positive possession, and hit/fight. I bet you could even make a case that Martin could play on Boyle's wing with Kapanen... that line would be such a pain to play against, and give the Leafs some size up front. They are going to have some opportunities to tinker with their 3rd/4th lines this offseason with Bozak, Komarov, Moore, and possibly JVR all leaving. The Leafs are a dumpster fire on the back end right now and the Bruins are taking full advantage of them. It also doesn't really look like it can get better in one year. The Zaitsev contract is looking worse every day that passes. And I know everyone hates Don Cherry, but before he went on his 2 on 1 rant last night, I did the same thing on both those goals... one was Zaitsev, one was Polak. Yes they were caused by bad pinches, but you have to play the pass on a 2 on 1. You learn this in fucking Atom. Let the goalie worry about the shooter, and you play the pass. As much as I'd love to trade for Doughty, he's going to cost a fortune both to trade for and in cap hit moving forward. The Leafs do have some big bodies that need to use their size more. I saw Matthews throw a decent check last night. He needs to do that a lot more. Yes he is a star player, but he is a big star player that should be hitting. Look at Ovechkin... that guy scores more than anybody and he is not afraid to lay some bone crunching hits either. The Bruins have some smaller D... Krug, MacAvoy... and even Marchand is pretty small. They have generally gone untouched in this series. We need Matthews, Hyman, Marleau, JVR to really start hitting the Bruins. Not career-ending dirty hits. Clean contact by finishing checks.
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    Is Captain Winters going to take up smoking crack as part of his method acting?
  11. I thought the Leafs played like ass. They were sloppy defensively. I'll never understand how they can go from playing as well as they did against Tampa and Nashville to playing that badly against the Wings. Leafs were lucky to get a point, let alone two. Matthews and Nylander look incredible together. Magic every time they have the puck.
  12. I think I'd rather play Pittsburgh than either Boston or Tampa. I know Pittsburgh is a bit of a different beast in the playoffs, but the Leafs have handled them fairly well this year.
  13. Yeah... I hear you. For some reason I feel the Leafs have a bit of a mental block against Boston, but it's not like playing Tampa Bay will be any easier. These divisional playoffs really can fuck over a great regular season. "Hey Toronto... congrats on your great year.. your reward is to play this team in the first round!"
  14. Amazing what he can do with a decent Center (Kadri) and not a plug like Bozak.
  15. To be Fehr, so did I.