Keefe’s Leafs Run a Unique Skills-Focused Practice

Yesterday, there was a bit of hubbub about the Leafs’ new practice style under Sheldon Keefe. It’s his first real opportunity to get a full practice session as the newest head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. His time has been limited thus far because of coming on board during a busy part of the schedule, as per Mark Masters:

Leafs will start practice with 20 minutes of skills work
Keefe’s only spent about 70 mins on the ice with the team so far (Thursday skate, Friday practice) so today’s his first real, full session
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) November 25, 2019

One of a few peculiarities was the astonishing number of coaches that the Leafs brought in to lead this training session. One of those was former-Leaf Nik Antropov as mentioned by Paul Hendrick:

Sheldon Keefe’s 1st home practice is on the Marlies sheet and includes development coaches totalling 8 including Nik Antropov. Rielly took part in the early part of the skate then left. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/ksfFwM7rvB
— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) November 25, 2019

The practice took place at the Marlies facility, for reasons not apparent to me other than Keefe’s own familiarity with the place. While not noted above, it …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation