Goal Analysis – Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets Play-In Game #5

Welcome to the beginning of the end!
Post-game highlights can be found here.
Blue Jackets 1st Goal – Zach Werenski (Unassisted)

Zach Werenski is the 5th @BlueJacketsNHL defenseman to score a goal with the team facing elimination. The others:
Kris Russell: Game 4 of 2009 CQFFedor Tyutin: Game 6 of 2014 R1Markus Nutivaara: Game 4 of 2017 R1Jack Johnson: Game 4 of 2017 R1#NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/8tYqFsyiox
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 10, 2020

Blue Jackets dump the puck into the Leafs zone, Dermott retrieves the dump-in and reverses it to Hyman on the right wing boards. Hyman gets pressured by Jenner and the puck ends up on Werenski’s stick at the point. Werenski walks in and fires a wrist-shot on net that deflects off of Tyson Barrie’s glove and past Andersen.
The Blue Jackets trademark forecheck helps to create this goal. When Hyman receives the puck along the boards,he’s trying to skate with it back behind the Leafs net. Jenner hits Hyman, knocking the puck loose. Hyman actually regains control of the puck, but then whacks it up the boards to the point to Werenski.
As a minor hockey coach, one of my biggest pet …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Hot Takes From The Farm: Week Eleven

For this weeks edition of the farm system highlights, I’m going to start all the way at the bottom and work my way up but before i do, we’re now past the midseason point so that means I get to indulge myself (and you?) in an actual prospect ranking update. Rather than use the chart this time, I’m just going to do a list format so as to add a comment to each, so this might get a bit longer than usual.
1. Bo Bichette (SS) – If he’s still here (and healthy) by the start of August it will be odd. The buzz is that he’s coming, and he should.
2. Nate Pearson (RHP) – all and only a matter of getting those innings in.
3. Jordan Groshans (SS) – progress halted by lingering foot issues but all the reviews are very positive. Already on published top 100 lists.
4. Cavan Biggio (2B) – on track to graduate from this list at the All Star Break.
5. Patrick Murphy (RHP) – as covered by Shi Davidi, Murph was cruising on the fast track to the majors until officials ruled his delivery had an illegal move. The talent is still there, but the attempt to adjust …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation