Ted Kennedy was the first player announced to be immortalized on “Legends Row” – a monument outside the Air Canada Centre featuring a players’ bench with up to 10 or 11 statues of former Toronto Maple Leafs – this morning. Two other statues will be unveiled at the Leafs’ Fan Fest on September 6 to join Kennedy on the bench. The story is from the Canadian Press.
James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen added his two cents regarding hockey’s “analytical revolution”, specifically pertaining to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Analytics gives us a tool to keep decision-makers accountable, and that’s a very important and useful tool to have.
Draglikepull of Pension Plan Puppets shared his findings on the Leafs forwards’ zone exits from the first 46 games of last season. Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk are very good, and Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson aren’t. We can see from the data the forwards as a whole seem to struggle at exiting the zone, especially the centres. This more than likely has a lot to do with Randy Carlyle’s strategy.
Steve Dangle of The LeafsNation posted his latest podcast with Adam Wylde where the guys talk about the new monument, bets for the upcoming season and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.