Relaunching the Maple Leafs Stat Pack for 2021-22

Did you know Alexander Kerfoot leads the Leafs in even-strength points?
Were you aware only three Leaf players are doling our more hits than they’re receiving?
Have you seen Kyle Clifford’s ridiculous-looking PDO?
Want to dive deeper into Jack Campbell’s recent performance?
Have you heard the Leafs have a top-three special teams group?
All these fun little tidbits were brought to your awareness by the Maple Leafs Stat Pack (MLSP), now live for the 2021-22 season.

This expansive Tableau dashboard, first introduced last season, is designed to be a one-stop-shop for deeper insights into our boys in Blue & White. The MLSP summarizes and visualizes Skater, Goaltender, and Team stats to help tell fans a better story about the performance of the Maple Leafs.
The dashboard, built using publicly-available data from Evolving-Hockey and NHL.com, is an ever-growing resource that will have new items added over time, so check back for new features or feel free to make suggested changes to Mark Norman via his Twitter.
Enjoy getting to know your team a little better, Maple Leafs fans!
Note: The MLSP is not optimized for mobile viewing, and show only be viewed on desktop devices. Plans for a mobile-friendly version are underway. …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Friedman: Ho-Sang’s contract with Leafs was close, but still likely

Monday was quite the monumental day for Josh Ho-Sang as he was officially selected to represent Canada at the upcoming Winter Olympics. After years of being mired in a complex relationship with Team Canada, he will head to Beijing alongside the likes of Eric Staal, Daniel Winnik, and Justin Pogge in the hopes of securing a medal. All of this while without a proper NHL contract from the Leafs.
Fans have been clamouring for Ho-Sang to get his chance with the big club because of his strong start to the 2021-22 campaign with the Marlies. According to Elliotte Friedman in his latest 32 Thoughts post, it turns out the Leafs were seriously considering giving him that coveted promotion during the height of the Omicron wave.
23. It sounds like there were some conversations about Josh Ho-Sang officially signing with the Maple Leafs when the team was battling injuries and COVID. But, by that time, it was known Ho-Sang was on the Olympic radar, and going on an NHL contract would end the opportunity. If it was known he’d be up for good, maybe it would have happened. But, it wasn’t worth the risk without a guarantee, and the team decided to wait. We will see what happens after.
What this boils down to is the Leafs have been thinking of adding Ho-Sang to their lineup but ended up waiting on what would happen in regards to the Team Canada selection. Now that it has been confirmed he will be heading to China for the Winter Games, there is a possibility talks could resume either while he is playing or upon his return to Toronto. Meaning that if he were to be given a contract by the team, it won’t be un …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

If Blue Jays trade Alejandro Kirk, targeting experienced catcher may prove beneficial

Amid another crucial off-season, the Toronto Blue Jays remain extremely deep at the catcher position and whenever this current lockout concludes, the front office could utilize some of that capital to address other glaring needs.
As currently constructed, four catchers (Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, Alejandro Kirk, Gabriel Moreno) are featured on the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster. Since Moreno is projected to be a future star, it’ll be very important to make sure he’s provided with a clear path to the majors.
But as of now, that doesn’t quite exist inside this organization. In an effort to prevent any logjam from being created, management will likely need to subtract at least one – if not more – of Jansen, McGuire or Kirk in the near future.
Before the transaction freeze commenced, there was plenty of speculation about Toronto utilizing Kirk as a trade chip to acquire either starting pitching or an all-star infielder. Initially, it was believed that the Miami Marlins could serve as a solid trading partner, however, they ended up landing Jacob Stallings from the Pittsburgh Pirates – putting an end to any possible trade discussions.
While the Marlins are no longer in the market for a catcher, there are still a handful of teams that could meet that descri …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Things might feel different about the Maple Leafs this year, but it felt that way last year too

Every now and then you see an article with a headline that requires a spit take, and that was essentially what happened Monday morning when I read “This year feels different for the Toronto Maple Leafs” by Travis Yost. After reading the article, there is undoubtedly solid points made about how the Leafs have continued to improve, and how Sheldon Keefe is getting the best out of his players, but there is very much a Groundhog Day feel to instilling confidence in the Leafs midway through the regular season. Nothing Travis is saying is wrong, and seemingly through the law of averages, eventually it has to be Toronto’s year, right? And why not this year?
I’m certainly not here to shit on anyone’s optimism about the Leafs either. This is a very good hockey team and the season so far has provided a ton of evidence supporting the Leafs being a team that could make Toronto happy.
Unfortunately, we’ve been through this before.
A couple of summers ago the Leafs found themselves in the fortunate position of playing the Columbus Blue Jackets to kick start the return to play. On paper this was a matchup that Leafs fans were rightfully thrilled about. Toronto was getting the opportunity to play in their home rink instead the NHL’s Eastern Conference bubble, and after going through Columbus the path was far less conv …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

1 short, medium, and long-term goal for Raptors to strive for in 2022

1 short, medium, and long-term goal for Raptors to strive for in 2022

The Toronto Raptors have managed to sneak over the .500 mark at 23-22 just over halfway into the season. With questions about their rotation, shooting skill, and underperformance against some of the worst teams in the league, the fact they’ve ended up here shows that Nick Nurse is doing a surprisingly solid job of coaching. […]
1 short, medium, and long-term goal for Raptors to strive for in 2022 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Maple Leafs were once in on Ben Chiarot, but shouldn’t be this time around

The trade deadline is 54 days away and as far away as that seems, it’ll be here before you know it.
With that being said, we have to discuss one player who the Maple Leafs could be looking to trade for.
And that’s Ben Chiarot.
In the latest 32 Thoughts with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek, the two talked about a few players who could be moving teams ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline.
One name was Chiarot and where he might end up in the future.
“I do think Chiarot is probably the first because he’s the UFA, and I already think there’s teams jockeying here. I do think there are some teams here who are saying we would like to do this, and we would like to start this as soon as possible. I think St. Louis has been around there, I think Florida’s been around there. I think that’s a player that Calgary has interest in. And just the other team I do wonder about is Toronto.
“Again, I think that the Maple Leafs will be patient and not overreact to some of the things that have been happening lately. But the reason I mention Toronto specifically is that I believe that when [Ben] Chiarot was an unrestricted free agent, and he signed with Montreal, Toronto was in there. And they just couldn’t make it work. But they liked him, he was in …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

2 studs and 1 dud from unusual Raptors win against Hornets

2 studs and 1 dud from unusual Raptors win against Hornets

Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors entered their matchup against LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets without the services of Fred VanVleet or Scottie Barnes due to knee and wrist soreness. That left names like Gary Trent Jr. and Precious Achiuwa to contend with the mighty Charlotte offense. The Raptors unveiled a very weird lineup […]
2 studs and 1 dud from unusual Raptors win against Hornets – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors’ Justin Champagnie is keeping receipts for all the doubters

Raptors’ Justin Champagnie is keeping receipts for all the doubters

The Toronto Raptors weren’t expecting much out of Pitt forward Justin Champagnie when the 2021-22 season kicked off. After all, the undrafted free agent was signed to a two-way contract and buried behind some established veterans in the Raptors rotation. He looked more like a 905 prize than a prospect the big league club would […]
Raptors’ Justin Champagnie is keeping receipts for all the doubters – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

If Blue Jays trade Alejandro Kirk, targeting experinced catcher may prove beneficial

Amid another crucial off-season, the Toronto Blue Jays remain extremely deep at the catcher position and whenever this current lockout concludes, the front office could utilize some of that capital to address other glaring needs.
As currently constructed, four catchers (Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, Alejandro Kirk, Gabriel Moreno) are featured on the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster. Since Moreno is projected to be a future star, it’ll be very important to make sure he’s provided with a clear path to the majors.
But as of now, that doesn’t quite exist inside this organization. In an effort to prevent any logjam from being created, management will likely need to subtract at least one – if not more – of Jansen, McGuire or Kirk in the near future.
Before the transaction freeze commenced, there was plenty of speculation about Toronto utilizing Kirk as a trade chip to acquire either starting pitching or an all-star infielder. Initially, it was believed that the Miami Marlins could serve as a solid trading partner, however, they ended up landing Jacob Stallings from the Pittsburgh Pirates – putting an end to any possible trade discussions.
While the Marlins are no longer in the market for a catcher, there are still a handful of teams that could meet that descri …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

‘We’re proud of him here’, Maple Leafs react to Ho-Sang’s Olympics nod

With NHLers not permitted to participate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Bejing next month, the door has been blown open for players who would otherwise not get the chance to participate.
Among those is Josh Ho-Sang. The Toronto Marlies forwards was one of several names on the list when Hockey Canada made their official announcement on Tuesday.
“We’re proud of him here,” Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza said of Ho-Sang’s Olympic nod. “He’s a guy that’s worked really hard to change the narrative around his game.”

Meet Team Canada!
25 men have been selected to represent at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
ROSTER https://t.co/d8OVCa3Ceh@TeamCanada | #Beijing2022 pic.twitter.com/pcIv42Qkf6
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) January 25, 2022

Ho-Sang initially joined the Toronto Maple Leafs days before training camp opened in September on a professional tryout contract, but had been working out at the team’s practice facility since July.
After impressing at camp both with how he conducted himself on and off the ice, Ho-Sang signed an AHL-only deal with the Toronto Marlies. The nature of his contract allowed the Thornhill, Ontario native to be eligible for Team Canada’s roster.
“He put himself in some uncomfortable positions in the summer where he had to work different and harder than he has in the past and did great,” Spezza said of Ho-Sang. “[He] came here with a great attitude and when you do that you win people over.”
Ho-Sang spent the previous season in the Swedish Hockey League where he was limited to just nine games through two different clubs. Since coming back to the North American ice surface, Ho-Sang has 11 goals and 20 points in 27 games with the Marlies this season and has received nothing but rave reviews during his time with the club.
“He’s worked to get better and reestablish himself here in North America and he’s done a good job of that and recognition of the Olympics is obviously a very good thing,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said of Ho-Sang. “And I think all of this is through the work that he has put in, combined with, of cours …

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Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation