Tyler Gaudet signs with the Marlies

(NOTE: That was literally the only Leafs photo of him in our library. Sorry Tyler)
Tyler Gaudet will be back with the Marlies next season…

News: We’ve signed forward Tyler Gaudet to a one-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
Details >> https://t.co/n3KeNpk072 pic.twitter.com/b7sNg2iKuC
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) October 16, 2020

Gaudet had previously been on a SPC with the Leafs, but while he’ll be returning to his role on the Marlies, he’ll be ineligible for callups to the Leafs.
Gaudet has a long history with Sheldon Keefe and Kyle Dubas, having played for Keefe in Pembroke, Soo, and on the Marlies, and of course with Kyle in the last two locations. He was a surprise addition to the Leafs return to play training camp over the summer, largely because of his strong defensive zone play that Keefe and Dubas wanted to the Leafs regulars to line up against.
While the 2021 season won’t see Gaudet in a Leafs uniform, I’m not sure we’ll see the door close on a future NHL contract with the club, given the fondness for him from both the head coach and GM. He’ll certainly …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Velocity and Location fuel Jordan Romano’s breakout

It’s only been nine innings in this short season, but Jordan Romano is easily the biggest success story of the season.

He’s given up just a single hit and he’s struck out 13. In the absence of Ken Giles, Romano has become the best arm in the Blue Jays ‘pen.
Romano has the big fastball you want in a power reliever.


That is just perfect spot for that pitch. Romano didn’t elevate the fastball to this degree last season and that was a big part of why he had a 7.63 ERA.

Romano threw 198 fastballs last season and as you can see on the left, the majority of them were right in the heart of the plate. It doesn’t matter how hard you throw batters can hit any fastball in that location. This season however you can see the change. There are still a few fastballs in the strike zone but a large portion of them are like that pitch to Cabrera, up and out of the zone.
It helps as well if you can increase velocity and …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Diversity and Representation in Maple Leafs Organization: A Halfhearted Reality

We are living through a strange and unique time, not only because of the global pandemic but also because of all that is going on in the world when it comes to racism and police brutality, particularly in the US and Canada. As hockey fans, It’s hard not to think about how this intersects with the world of sports. On July 13th, day one of Phase Three of the Return to Play plan, the entirety of the Maple Leafs roster came to practice in Black Lives Matter t-shirts. When asked about it captain John Tavares said, “On a day when everyone wants to talk about hockey and was excited to get back to playing, it’s important to have the Black Lives Matter movement be prevalent, and we want to make sure that’s not lost in all of this.”

“On a day when everyone wants to talk about hockey and was excited to get back to playing, it’s important to have that #BlackLivesMatter movement be prevalent, and we want to make sure that’s not lost in all of this.” pic.twitter.com/y9w1yxjzV2
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 14, 2020

In my …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

The Everything Leafs Podcast: The TOR vs CLB series preview

There’s only one week left before the beginning of the Leafs vs Blue Jackets. With that, Kevin Papetti and I break down the various aspects that will play a part in the outcome of this play-in series.
In addition, both Kevin and I wrote series previews on this matchup. Kevin’s can be found here. Mine can be found here.
Below, you can find the full itinerary for this episode.
0:50 Thoughts on Robertson and the lineup
3:30 General thoughts on the Blue Jackets
9:00 Comparing this Columbus roster to the 2018-2019 Blue Jackets
13:15 Similarities and Differences between Boston and Columbus
19:00 Looking at the most recent Leafs lines
26:03 Looking at Columbus’ lines
35:50 Final thoughts on the Leafs-Blue Jackets series
40:40 Predictions on the other play-in matchups
 
Where Can You Listen:
Soundcloud

Spotify

Apple Podcasts:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-everything-leafs-podcast/id1484994398
You can find us on twitter at:
Nick DeSouza: @NickDeSouza_
Kevin Papetti: @KPapetti

Stay safe and thanks for listening!

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

2020 Playoff Preview: How do the Leafs match up against the Blue Jackets?

After months of waiting, we are only two weeks away from playoff hockey.
With that, it’s time to start analyzing the Leafs “first-round” opponent, The Columbus Blue Jackets. They finished the regular season with the same amount of points as the Leafs and were also hit hard by the injury bug this year. The break from hockey has allowed both teams to recover. Other than Columbus forward Josh Anderson, and Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson, both teams are at full-strength.
The similarities between these two teams end there.
In this playoff preview, I’ll showcase:

The major differences between the two by looking at the numbers, their lineup construction, and the systems that they implement.
The mini-battles to watch for and how both teams can be successful in each.
Predictions from the contributors of The Leafs Nation and The Everything Leafs Podcast.

Statistical overview:

Toronto

Columbus

5v5 Offence

 

60.19 (4th)

CF/60

54.1 (23rd)

2.74 (8th)

GF/60

2.16 (28th)

2.47 (3rd)

xGF/60

2.20 (24th)

8.57 (11th)

Sh%

6.80 (28th)

5v5 Defence

 

55.5 (13th)

CA/60

56.06 (17th)

2.73 (27th)

GA/60

2.11 (5th)

2.32 (18th)

xGA/60

2.04 (3rd)

Special Teams

 

23.1 (6th)

PP%

16.40 (27th)

77.70 (21st)

PK%

81.70 (12th)

It’s clear that these teams are polar opposites. The Blue Jackets are …

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Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Lines optimized by Zodiac Sign

Stats and talent can only get you so far in sports. There’s a fundamental human factor that make sports unpredictable and exciting to watch. However, there has to be a way of predicting the human factor and optimizing the performance of the athletes working together. Enter astrology.
At no point has any NHL coach bothered to take the time to see which players are going to naturally excel together given their zodiac capability. And while I’m no coach, I’ve decided to take the challenge on for Sheldon Keefe, so he can have optimal lines this summer.
First, a breakdown of which players are compatible with each other…

The green represents the players sign, with the yellow representing compatibility through sharing either a water, earth, air, or fire sign. The white Xs represent additional compatibility. Interestingly enough there isn’t a single Aires on the Leafs, and Cody Ceci is the only Sagittarius. Perhaps that’s why he isn’t much of a fit.
It is possible to put together a Leafs lineup with four lines and three defense pairings that include compatible players on each line and each pairing.

Signs


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

One Year Ago Today: Toronto Raptors make Playoff History in Game 1

A year ago today. History was made for not only the Toronto Raptors, but also for the nation of Canada On May 30th of 2019, the Toronto Raptors would appear in their first NBA finals game of NBA history. It was also Canada’s first appearance ever in the finals. They did not disappoint. They played […]
One Year Ago Today: Toronto Raptors make Playoff History in Game 1 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Robertson, Hoefenmayer selected to OHL’s 2019-20 First All-Star Team

It’s quite the day to be Nick Robertson. Not only did he just find out that he’ll be on the Leafs roster for the playoffs, but he was also selected to be on the OHL’s 2019-20 First All-Star Team.

Introducing the 2019-20 #OHL First All-Star Team
C: @marcorossi2383 LW: @nickrob2001 RW: @Arthur_Kaliyev D: @noelhoefenmayer D: Jamie DrysdaleG: @nicodaws30HC: @BearTourigny
DETAILS : https://t.co/Y2KaFgRphc pic.twitter.com/rH63vl75GC
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) May 27, 2020

Robertson made the team thanks to his league leading 55 goal season, as well as his 86 points that put him in 10th in scoring, while also playing the fewest games among those ten players with only 46.
Robertson was a second round pick for the Leafs last year, and this season has skyrocketed him to being arguably the Leafs top prospect, unless you think Sandin only playing 28 games with the Leafs is still small enough to be considered a prospect.
But Robertson wasn’t the only player in the Leafs organization to get a nod to the All-Star team, as defenseman Noel Hoefenmayer got selected after getting 82 points in 58 games with the Ottawa 67’s, leading OHL defenseman …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: One year Anniversary of the Four Magical Bounces

The only game 7 to ever be decided by a buzzer-beater. The Toronto Raptors faced the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals a year ago today. There goes the shot. Over the seven-foot Joel Embiid. A shot of desperation. A shot that sees one team moving forward, and the other playing golf.  A shot […]
Toronto Raptors: One year Anniversary of the Four Magical Bounces – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

MLB is working on a plan to play the 2020 season with closed-door games in Arizona

It was only a week or two ago that Major League Baseball and the Players’ Union expressed virtually zero appetite for playing games in front of empty stadiums. How quickly things change, especially when navigating through uncharted waters as we are right now.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, MLB and the PA are now focused on a plan that would see the season played in Arizona with closed-door games happening at the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field and a handful of spring training parks. There are plenty of obstacles to work around here, but, apparently, this plan has “the support of high-ranking federal public health officials who believe the league can safely operate amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
If all goes well, the 2020 season could start as early as May.

NEWS: Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are focusing on a plan backed by federal health officials that could have players in training camps by May and games soon thereafter.
Details at ESPN on how MLB may return — and the difficulty in doing so: https://t.co/zDoNa3k4pm
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 7, 2020

Again, there are plenty of logistical issues to iron out as this …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation