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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: August 8, 2014

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2014-15 forward corps will look drastically different than last year’s. The only returning forwards who are basically assured spots are Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson. A mix of newly signed veterans and hopeful youngsters will fight for the remaining spots. James Onusko of Bleacher Report looks at the big question each forward line will look to answer in 2014-15.

Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Steve Spott is in the NHL after just one year behind the bench in professional hockey for the Toronto Marlies. Alec Brownscombe of Maple Leafs Hot Stove chatted with Spott about his fast-track career path to the big league, his specific coaching duties this season, The Swarm, making the Leafs a better possession team and training camp competition.

Corey Sznajder of Shutdown Line is compiling league-wide zone entry and exit data from last season. Draglikepull of Pension Plan Puppets looked at his data for the Toronto Maple Leafs (first 46 games of the season) and shared it in a post. We can see that Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson were the best Leafs defensemen at exiting the zone safely, which is interesting considering how many people label them as “turnover prone”.

If you’re relatively new to all this talk about analytics in hockey, Steve Burtch of Pension Plan Puppets wrote a great piece explaining why it’s important, the ways it’s changing the hockey and sports landscapes and what lies ahead.

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