The Leafs are going to do a few things differently this season, so you can go ahead and make peace with that. The roster has had its fair share of turnover, but tactically we can expect to see some new things as well. Out are assistant coaches DJ Smith and Jim Hiller, in are Paul McFarland and Dave Hakstol.
We know for a fact McFarland was brought in to take over the Leafs’ powerplay, one that got out to a very hot start last season and nearly looked unstoppable under Hiller, but eventually fizzled and just clung to a top ten mark of converting 21.8% of the time. Not that it was ever bad, but I think people expected more, including the Leafs’ front office.
If you want to read too much into training camp reporting, which I definitely always do, this morning we got some talk of the extremely early looks of what the Leafs might set up on the powerplay. We know for a fact that Rielly will continue to quarterback the first unit, while Tyson Barrie slots in for the second. But from there, who really knows.
You’ll remember the team’s top unit last year was …
Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation