One of the biggest surprises of the Toronto Maple Leafs 2013-14 season was the precipitous fall of the penalty-killing unit. Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove examined the Leafs’ PK futility to try and figure out what turned the second-best unit in the league into the third-worst. A couple of big reasons were a lack of faceoff wins and injuries.
There hasn’t been much to celebrate in Toronto Maple Leafs Land lately, so the Leafs are once again celebrating their great teams from the 1960s by presenting them with Stanley Cup rings at Fan Fest during the first weekend of September. While some may scoff at the Leafs’ latest attempt to revisit their “glory years”, I still think it’s a cool gesture. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star has the story.
David Johnson took an updated look at the WOWY (with or without you) stats of two-thirds of Toronto’s first line in Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. Unsurprisingly, there is still ample evidence Bozak’s production is tied to Kessel, while Kessel performs at the same rate or better while playing away from Bozak. The problem is, if Bozak regularly gets beat up in a defensive role, where can you play him?
Pension Plan Puppets’ Top 25 Under 25 is back for another season. This time, however, they’ve brought some of the most well respected names in junior, American Hockey League and college hockey writing to help us gain a better understanding of these prospects most of us have never seen play before. This should be fun. Clrkaitken has the introduction.