Put Alexander Mogilny in the Hockey Hall of Fame already

Leafs legend Alexander Mogilny has been eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame since 2009, but every June comes and goes without the “Call to the Hall”. Some of this is justified: simply better players have become eligible over the years, which has bumped him down the order. But for Mogilny to go 13 induction cycles without being selected to the Hall is puzzling considering some of his career accomplishments:
Top-100 all-time in points (81st – 1032)
Top-75 all-time in goals (56th – 473)
One of only six players to score 70+ goals in a season (76G in 77GP in 1992-93)
8x 30 goal-scorer (full-season pace: 10x)
4x 40 goal-scorer (full-season pace: 6x)
2x 100 points-scorer (full-season pace: 3x)
1x Stanley Cup champion (NJD, 2000)
1x Rocket Richard trophy* (*if it existed in 1992-93, tied with Teemu Selanne)
1x Lady Byng trophy (2003)
NHL record for most game-winning goals in a season (11 in 1992-93)
NHL record for fastest goal to start a game (5 seconds)
One of 30 members of Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold in 1988, World Championship in 1989, Stanley Cup in 2000)
First Russian to be made Captain of an NHL club
Add in the cultural element of being the first player to defect from the Soviet Union to play …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Matthew Knies and Ty Voit have been invited to the USA Hockey World Junior evaluation camp

Some Leafs news popped up this afternoon as USA Hockey has made their announcement of who will be attending their evaluation camp that will serve as the final look for the World Juniors tournament this summer and the first look for the World Juniors tournament around Christmas.

The 60 players that will attend the 2022 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp have been announced!
Details → https://t.co/WHs3tb7xSG pic.twitter.com/LxbK7PlOJH
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) June 21, 2022

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Matthew Knies finds himself on this list. The highly touted prospect was selected to the Olympic team so the World Juniors are a virtual lock for him this summer, but his age will make him ineligible for the winter tournament.
Enter Leafs up and comer Ty Voit, who is coming off a big year with the Sarnia Sting. Voit might be a long shot for the summer team as much of the players who were originally slated to attend the tournament last Christmas are likely to return, but Voit is one of the more interesting options for this December and should get a strong chance to make his case.
The camp also has the potential to include a future Maple Leaf as there isn’t any shortage of 2022 draft eligibles on the invite list.
The evaluation camp runs from July 24th-August 3rd, and will immediately be followed by the 2022 World Junior Tournament in Edmonton from August 9th-20th. The 2023 tournament is slated for December 26th-January 3rd in Halifax and Moncton.
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A similar situation arises if the Maple Leafs were to take a gamble on Mackenzie Blackwood

Many have discussed the Maple Leafs signing a free agent goaltender, but what about a trade that isn’t for John Gibson?
Last week, DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli released a Trade Targets list which featured a number of high-profile names. Players like J.T. Miller, Alex DeBrincat, and Kevin Fiala rounded out the top of the list, but there were some interesting pieces at the bottom too.
Just last night, though, Seravalli added a few more names to his list — Jesper Bratt, Anthony Beauvillier, and Mackenzie Blackwood. We’re going to look a little bit closer into the 25-year-old netminder because, well, the Maple Leafs might need both a starter and a backup, and Blackwood could make sense.
From Seravalli’s Trade Targets article on Blackwood:
“Scoop: It wasn’t long ago that Blackwood was considered the next hot, young netminder. He has the pedigree as a high second-round pick and his first 70 NHL games were excellent from 2018 to 2020. Blackwood struggled with a heel injury last season and his numbers have struggled for two seasons now. The sense is the Devils, who can ill afford another season with shoddy goaltending, have lost faith in Blackwood. He could be a great option for a bounce back campaign in tandem with a veteran on a strong team with limited salary cap resources.”
Let’s start off with saying that Blackwood has one more year remaining on his deal with New Jersey …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Rumours: Matt Murray Speculation, Campbell’s agent is talking to the Leafs, and John Gibson talk won’t go away

The downside to the cone of silence around the Leafs is the fact that we’ve really got little to go off of for credible rumours. There’s no shortage of wild speculation and flights of fancy, but trying to guess what the Leafs are up to remains a mystery or is in fact being determined this week.
Jonas Siegel’s report on Campbell (which we’ll get to later) had this little tidbit from Campbell’s agent about where the Leafs are presently focused:
“There’s still so much time,” Overhardt said, noting that teams, including the Leafs, were likely in the midst of, or had recently completed, their pro scouting meetings.
So that’s something worth noting. If teams are just closing off their pro scout meetings it’s highly likely that next week is when we start getting leaks of the players discussed. Please. Give us something and preferably not goalie related. Anyways, here’s some goalie related stuff.
Matt Murray isn’t a good idea even if he isn’t the worst idea either
Initially Murray’s name was dropped by Chris Johnston on a TSN radio hit and that led to The Athletic exploring the idea of the Leafs acquiring Matt Murray in a back and forth between Ian Mendes and Jonas Siegel. As far as I can tell the only basis for this speculation is that Matt Murray played for the Keefe/Dubas era Soo Greyhounds. That’s not nothing and as Dubas has shown time and time again, there is some value in familiarity. Still Matt Murray isn’t an ideal target.
Murray is three years removed from being healthy, and three years removed from strong r …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Exploring what the Maple Leafs defence core should look like next season

What the Maple Leafs defence should look like is always up for debate — every year.
Last season, it seemed like there were arguments almost daily about who should and shouldn’t be in Toronto’s lineup on the back-end. The players discussed then were Justin Holl, Travis Dermott, Timothy Liljegren, and Rasmus Sandin.
As the year went on, it became quite clear who the Maple Leafs’ best defenceman of that group was and his name is Sandin. Unfortunately, he was injured prior to the playoffs and didn’t get to play, but it’s evident that the 22-year-old is an every day player.
Liljegren was also another name that improved a great amount as the season went on. He might’ve been one of the Maple Leafs’ most-improved players of the last year.
Toronto, like it always seems though, has a logjam on their hands at defence. There’s only three spots on the right side with what seems like could be four defencemen in line for it.
It could work out to three if the Maple Leafs could find a way to move Jake Muzzin in the second last year of his contract. However I don’t see that happening.
What does a successful summer for the Leafs look like?
With a no-trade clause until next season, it seems like an unrealistic possibility that the 33-year-old gets moved. Although his cap hit is $5.625 million for the next two seasons, Muzzin is incredibly …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

What does a successful summer for the Leafs look like?

The Leafs are starting from a pretty good place. Much like last year, but this year there is a lot more buy-in to where they are starting from because it’s a lot easier to lose to the Lightning in the first round than the Canadiens or Blue Jackets. Here’s to progress.
Anyways, there isn’t a whole lot that really needs to be done (in theory) as we should be somewhat comfortable with a team that finished with the fourth best regular season record. Except, the salary cap doesn’t make it as easy as saying “everyone gets to come back”, it’s a little much to expect everyone to have career years again, and if there’s one thing to learn from the Lightning it’s that no matter how much you like your roster you need to always be looking for opportunities to improve it.
So let’s begin, here’s what needs to be dealt with:
1. Goaltending
This isn’t a surprise to anyone, given that Mrazek was a trainwreck, neither Kallgren or Woll really looked capable of being 2nd or even solid 3rd string options at this point, and Jack Campbell is likely too expensive for what he is, and the Leafs find themselves either searching for bargains or need to splurge on an option that is superi …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Report: John Gibson not in the Leafs plans

The Leafs have quite the decision to make in regards to their goalies for the 2022-23 season.
Contract talks have stalled with impending free-agent Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek will likely be on the move either via a trade or a buyout. With so few options available in the system with ample amounts of NHL experience, the Leafs may need to address the position either through a free agent signing or a trade.
One such goalie who was been circulating in rumours as a potential option is John Gibson, who is coming off another off-year in terms of his numbers. Despite the recent downward trend over the past three seasons, his talent and capabilities are undeniable and it’s no wonder the rumours have connected the 28-year-old to the Leafs.
But it appears that it is not entirely the case, as Chris Johnston went on First Up to report that the team does not really have interest in trading for Gibson.
Well as far as I can tell, the Leafs don’t have interest in Gibson. I suppose that could change, but for one reason or another, I don’t actually think this is one of the guys they are looking at.
Johnston would go on to say that with goaltending likely being the biggest focus, there is no clear sense of what direction the Leafs are heading. He did mention that talks with Campbell remain unchanged and listed Darcy Kuemper, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Ville Husso as some free agents they may look at …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Frank Seravalli’s buyout candidates list and who the Maple Leafs might target

The Maple Leafs can delve down many avenues in search of the right player this summer, and that includes looking at a few who’ve just been bought out by other NHL clubs.
On Monday, DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli looked at ten buyout candidates ahead of the buyout window which begins on July 1st. The list featured a number of older players, younger players, and goalies too.
It makes sense for the Maple Leafs to go this route because each of these players could be looking at one-year deals. Let’s say a ‘do-or-die’ contract. As some are getting older, their value becomes slimmer and teams won’t sign them long-term. Other players might take one year to prove that they’ve still got it.
And that’s right down Toronto’s alley of need right now. But off all these players, who makes most sense for Toronto when the gates open on July 13th?
Tyler Johnson
By the time next season begins, Johnson will be 32-years-old. But there’s a lot that he can bring to a Maple Leafs team that’s looking to get out of the first round.
Let’s be clear first — Johnson had a disappointing season, only playing 26 games for the Blackhawks and scoring seven points in that span. That puts him on pace for 22 points in an 82-game schedule.
The reason I like him is because he has exper …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

How do the Leafs incumbents measure up to the goaltending market

The Leafs are going to be aggressively dipping their toes into the waters of the goaltending market this summer, but should they? The answer definitely seems to be yes. Taking a look at five goaltending measures from last season it’s clear there are some options out there that the Leafs might want to explore.
The numbers used are from Moneypuck and goaltenders needed to play in at least 16 games to be on the list. There are 67 goaltenders in the league who met that criteria and are ranked.
Goals Saved Above expected/60
Eric Comrie
0.603
2nd
Darcy Kuemper
0.387
7th
Ville Husso
0.346
8th
Matt Murray
0.163
18th
Scott Wedgewood
0.046
27th
Braden Holtby
0.032
29th
Jack Campbell
-0.049
36th
Alexandar Georgiev
-0.234
49th
John Gibson
-0.265
50th
Marc-Andre Fleury
-0.321
54th
Petr Mrazek
-0.668
64th
Kevin Lankinen
0.945
66th
Consider this first table your introduction to three truths.
Jack Campbell is decidedly middle of the pack.
Petr Mrazek is consistently at the bottom.
Eric Comrie is worth the look in the 1B position.
Save % Above Expected
Eric Comrie
0.012
2nd
Darcy Kuemper
0.007
7th
Ville Husso
0.006
8th
Matt Murray
0.003
20th
Scott Wedgewood
0.001
26th
Braden Holtby
0.001
28th
Jack Campbell
-0.001
37th
John Gibson
-0.004
47th
Alexandar Georgiev
-0.004
50th
Marc-Andre Fleury
-0.005
52nd
Petr Mrazek
-0.013
65th
Kevin Lankinen
-0.018
66th
These numbers are very much a mirror of what is seen above. Interestingly, they might be making a case for Matt Murray, a goaltender speculated on recently, and showing that John Gibson doesn’t represent any improvement over Jack Campbell. This might change in later graphs, but Alexandar Georgiev is beginning to look like a reclamation project rather than a potential starter. Is a reclamation project the way the Leafs will want to start off working with a new goaltending coach?
Wins Above Replacement
Darcy Kuemper
3.49
5th
Ville Husso
2.26
9th
Eric Comrie
1.72
14th
Matt Murray
0.53
24th
Scott Wedgewood
0.27
27th
Braden Holtby
0.11
30th
Jack Campbell
-0.39
39th
Alexandar Georgiev
-1.14
47th
Petr Mrazek
-1.94
56th
John Gibson
-2.38
61th
Marc-Andre Fleury
-2.94
64th
Kevin Lankinen
-4.77
66th
If you are wondering why Mrazek took the jump here, it’s because this isn’t a rate stat. This is based on time played, which makes Comrie’s results even more impressive. I don’t know how much of Fleury and Lankinen’s numbers on being in Chicago, but at this point I’d hope that even with Fleury being a recent Vezina winner, he’s probably established himself as too much of a risk for the cost that will be associated with him.
High Danger Unblocked Shot Attempt Save %
John Gibson
0.830
2nd
Ville Husso
0.742
12th
Eric Comrie
0.727
19th
Darcy Kuemper
0.713
24th
Matt Murray
0.712
26th
Braden Holtby
0.707
27th
Jack Campbell
0.676
40th
Alexandar Georgiev
0.671
43rd
Kevin Lankinen
0.650
50th
Scott Wedgewood
0.648
51st
Marc-Andre Fleury
0.630
58th
Petr Mrazek
0.595
63rd
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Should the Maple Leafs recoup draft picks for the 2022 NHL draft?

Out with the old, in with the new—it’s something the Maple Leafs are constantly looking at doing.
But does it make sense for the upcoming draft this summer?
Toronto is, for the foreseeable future, in a window of Stanley Cup contention (or first-round win contention). It’s always wise in this timeframe to take a step back and look at what you have for the future. And at the moment, the Maple Leafs only have three draft picks for 2022.
A first, a third, and a seventh.
This year’s NHL draft is arguably the deepest that we’ve had in recent years, so it’s allowed some to be comfortable with Toronto having three picks. Along with that, the Maple Leafs didn’t seem to flinch when making their three picks last year, which has added even more comfortability to the process.
Those picks were solid, too.
But in a draft this good, wouldn’t you rather stretch yourself a little further to get a few more picks? Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas hasn’t been afraid to trade up and down the draft with his picks, yet …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation