It’s the midseason grades edition of The Leafs Power Rankin’s

It’s the midseason grades edition of The Leafs Power Rankin’s

It’s a new month and another chance to rank the Leafs players. It is also very close to the midpoint of the season and that warrants assigning some grades to the Leaf players as well. Rather than doing two separate articles to accomplish the same thing, we’ll blend them into one time saving piece that cuts our potential pageviews in half. Take that network fat cats.
Grading players is somewhat tricky. Are we grading them to what we expect of them or are we grading them to where they compare to players around the league? Is Pontus Holmberg a B player because he’s come in and grabbed an NHL job, or is he a C- player because he’s a decent fourth line center? Unfortunately for Holmberg, I feel the latter grading system is far more useful, but I will include whether or not players are meeting, exceeding, or failing to meet expectations as well.
The previous Power Rankin’s can be found here.
1. William Nylander (up from 5th) 
Grade: A, exceeding expectations
There are plenty of supporters of William Nylander around Leafs Nation, but I think it is still safe to say that no one saw him as the team goals and points leader at the first week in January.
As the Leafs exited the playoffs last year, Nylander more than any other player seemed committed to finding the next level in his gam …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Nick Robertson’s opportunity with the Leafs is here, and he needs to run with it

Nick Robertson’s opportunity with the Leafs is here, and he needs to run with it

Nick Robertson’s chance at some runway in the Maple Leafs’ lineup has finally arrived.
Calle Jarnkrok went to the dressing room during the second period of Wednesday night’s game against San Jose. Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said the 31-year-old would “miss some time” after the game but didn’t elaborate further.
Though after Toronto’s practice on Friday before leaving for Tampa, Keefe addressed Jarnkrok’s status saying he’d miss a minimum of two weeks with a groin injury. An unfortunate outcome for the 31-year-old who was having a decent run in his first 25 games.
This injury, though, opens the door for Robertson, who hasn’t had the most consistent schedule of games in the NHL this season.
“I want to get these games, get going, get the production back.” The 21-year-old said to the media on Friday. “It’s kind of hard when you’re out for a little bit and you come back, it’s hard to get back into it. But now, it’s the challenge of with every game I get to do everything I can to be consistent and stay in the lineup.”
Robertson’s season has been fascinating to say the least. He wasn’t in the lineup for Toronto’s first four games of the season, but then found himself playing in the following six (Oct. 20-30).
After that stretch …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation