Leafs vs. Corsi: Numbers aren’t everything during a hot streak

Leafs vs. Corsi: Numbers aren’t everything during a hot streak

Over the past few seasons, the Leafs have been a pretty solid team when it comes to the numbers. It’s interesting that now that the Leafs are at their hottest in recent history, the numbers don’t really support it.
Here’s a quick look at some of the interesting numbers since November 12th when the Leafs 14 game unbeaten in regulation streak started.
46.58% Corsi For %
Since the Leafs streak began, Toronto has had the 5th worst CF% in the league, and only Arizona, Chicago, Columbus, and St. Louis have been worse. That’s pretty wild, especially when you look at the Bruins, Devils, and Stars being at the other end of the spectrum and all being the top six of the league for CF%.
Is this a love letter to score effects? Kinda. When the Leafs are within one goal of their opponents, their CF% goes up to 50.78%, and when the game is tied the Leafs have the third best CF% over that stretch at 56.04%. When the Leafs have the lead their CF% dropped to a flat 40%.
There is something to be said for protec …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors fans, NBA Twitter react to dominant Pascal Siakam return

Raptors fans, NBA Twitter react to dominant Pascal Siakam return

The Toronto Raptors went 5-5 in their past 10 games, but that was due to the absence of Pascal Siakam. His groin injury kept him out for the better part of three weeks, though that exile finally ended in a Monday night showdown against a very good Cleveland Cavaliers team. Siakam was not eased back […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Mike Clevinger’s contract with the White Sox further indicates an expensive free-agent market this winter

After a lull in the baseball world over the past week, we got a pair of signings on Sunday and Monday, as Jose Abreu inked a multi-year contract with the Houston Astros and Mike Clevinger inked a show-me deal with the Chicago White Sox.

This flurry of moves sees the White Sox move on from Abreu, who slashed a .292/.354/.506 line with the team over the course of nine seasons, and add a reclamation project to their starting rotation. Clevinger was moved in a big trade from Cleveland to the San Diego Padres during the 2020 season. He made just four starts with the team and underwent Tommy John surgery and then missed the entirety of the 2021 season.
In his first year back from Tommy John, Clevinger posted a 4.33 ERA over the course of 114 1/3 innings. His fastball velocity hovered around 93.5 miles per hour, a noticeable drop from where it was during his successful seasons in Cleveland. As a result, his strikeout rate dipped to 18.8% in 2022 compared to 27.5% in 2020 and 22.6% in 2019.
Now, why does any of this matter? Because Clevinger’s contract, which has $12 million guaranteed, further indicates just how expensive this winter’s free-agent market is going to be…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Král gets the call, Tverberg tearing it up, Grebyonkin’s opportunity: Leafs Prospect Roundup

Král gets the call, Tverberg tearing it up, Grebyonkin’s opportunity: Leafs Prospect Roundup

This past week was another rough one for the Leafs, and with Sheldon Keefe searching for anything that could help get his club going, we saw the NHL debut of another Leafs prospect.
Filip Král, drafted in the fifth round back in 2018, was recalled to the Leafs and made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. He skated on a pair alongside steadying veteran presence Mark Giordano, seeing just under 12 minutes of ice time and finishing with a +1 rating. He was back in the same spot on Sunday night against the Ducks but played just over eight minutes in another game that ended up slipping through the Leafs’ collective hands.
There were promising flashes from Král in the first two games of his NHL career. He showed an ability to quickly retrieve pucks below his own goal line and make the proper read in a timely fashion in order to start the breakout – something that the Leafs’ defenders have struggled with so far this season. But there were also a few instances where Král bobbled the puck or telegraphed passes that were easy to disrupt, leading to turnovers.
All in all, the young Czech blueliner held his own in his first tas …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

TLN Prospect #2: Nick Robertson proves ready for a true test with the Maple Leafs

Nick Robertson has had a rough go throughout the past few seasons, but it might finally be time to take the next step in the Maple Leafs organization.
It feels like the 20-year-old has been through it all — from lighting up the OHL, to playing for Toronto in the NHL bubble, to sustaining major injuries in both seasons with the Marlies — all within the last three years.
Robertson is someone who believes he needs a chance to showcase his worth at the NHL level, and in October, he might just get that opportunity.
LW | Toronto (AHL) | Age: 20 | 5-foot-9 | 164 lbs | Shoots: LAcquired: 2019 2rd Round, 53th Overall | 2021 Ranking: 2
To say this is a huge year for Robertson would be an understatement. This is a massive year for the 20-year-old.
Although he’s been injured for much of the past two seasons, Robertson has improved majorly throughout — when it might not have seemed possible to do so.
Looking back to his first year with the Marlies, there was a lot of room for the 20-year-old …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #12 Semyon Der-Arguchintsev

This past season was the start of something new between the Maple Leafs and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev.
Although the 21-year-old had one short stint of pro while on loan in the KHL, this would be his true taste of North American professional hockey. And it was a fascinating year to say the least.
It didn’t feel like there was much riding on this season for Der-Arguchintsev, but there actually was. This was his first full season in the AHL — in a prominent role albeit. It was SDA’s time to shine and to show what he could have for the organization in the future.
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
C | Toronto (AHL) | Age: 21 | 5-foot-10 | 165 lbs | Shoots: RAcquired: 2018 Draft, 76th Overall | 2021 Ranking: #16
Entering the 2021-22 season, the 21-year-old needed to add a few things to his toolbox to fit in well with the Toronto Marlies — gaining more weight and muscle was the biggest. Coming out of the Traverse City prospect tournament, it was evidently clear that if Der-Arguchintsev wanted success, he’d need to grow.
Over the course of the season, that happened. In his first 17 games, the 21-year-old had 13 points — four being goals and the rest coming as assists. This was the fiery start that Der-Arguchintsev needed, yet unfortunately after this huge …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Mark Shapiro Era Draft Retrospective: 2019

Another day, another article focusing on past drafts, as we’re now a week away from the 2022 MLB draft.

I’ve said it before, but I peaked in 2019. I was in shape, I was in school and things were looking up in the last year before COVID. In my opinion, the Jays picked the best player in the draft, who we’ll be looking at first.
They also drafted a player involved in a 2020 trade, which was a win for both teams involved. Lastly, the high schooler they picked in the third round has had a great start to his 2022 season.
Alek Manoah:
We all know about Alek Manoah, who was drafted with the 11th overall pick. The 24-year-old has developed into the ace of the Blue Jays staff, which is quite surprising considering he only pitched 35 innings in the minors.
He started his professional career with the short season Vancouver Canadians, posting a 2.65 ERA and a 2.48 FIP in 17 innings pitched. He struck out plenty as he had a K/9 of 14.29, while he kept his BB/9 down at 2.65.
He developed a ton in the alternate site during the COVID season, which led to a start in Triple A in 2021. Manoah dominated, and I don’t say that lightly. He posted a 0.50 ERA and a 2.25 FIP in 18 innings pitched. Big Puma had a K/9 of 13.50 with a BB/9 of 1.50, this led to a call up in May.
While Manoah didn’t quite dominate the bigs like he did in Trip …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs Prospect Mailbag: Answering all of your prospect questions heading into the draft

It’s prospect mailbag time, folks!
Over the past couple of days, we compiled questions on Twitter regarding the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect pool, from the Marlies to the Growlers and those outside of the system, as well as some on tomorrow’s NHL Entry Draft.
After Nick Richard and I (Kyle Cushman) teamed up for the last prospect mailbag, Jon Steitzer and Nick Barden are joining us for this one. There’s plenty to get to, so let’s dive right into things.
2022 NHL Entry Draft
Assuming Toronto takes the highest-ranked player available at 25, does that prospect instantly become the top prospect in the organization? (@Matt06121981)
KC: I don’t think so. The advanced timelines for the top three prospects currently in the system (Knies, Robertson, and Niemela) and the quality seasons they had likely mean whoever the Leafs pick will slot in as the organization’s #4 prospect to start, at least for me.
JS: If we’re going off of Craig Button’s list and Toronto magically ends up with Frank Nazar, then yes. He’s the top prospect in the organization. Otherwise, the player that comes in at the 25th spot has a good chance to earn that spot over the course of the next season but is unlikely to be a surefire top organizational prospect. The Leafs have done well enough without 1st round picks to make it an automatic thing.
NB: I’m going to say no. …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation