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The Hockey Writers May 20, 2017

Best Rookies in the Pacific Division

The NHL is a young man’s game, and the rookies were alive and well in 2016-17. The Toronto Maple Leafs saw a handful of their rookies grab most of the attention throughout the year. Auston Matthews scored 40 goals and led the league in even-strength goals as a 18-year-old. Mitch Marner looks like a young […]
The Hockey Writers May 18, 2017

Projected Maple Leafs’ 2017-18 Lineup

The success of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016-17 was nothing short of shocking. As a team structured upon a youth-laden roster, the Leafs went from a rebuilding pretender to a legitimate contender over the course of a single season. With young stars such as Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander leading the way, […]
Pension Plan Puppets May 17, 2017
2017 NHL Draft target: Meet Kristian Vesalainen, MVP of the U-18 tournament

2017 NHL Draft target: Meet Kristian Vesalainen, MVP of the U-18 tournament

Auston Matthews won MVP of the 2015 U-18 Tournament. Could the Leafs add the 2017 winner to join him? Today we will look at Finnish winger Kristian Vesalainen, who ranked 15th on Bob McKenzie’s latest draft rankings. Simply put: if you are looking for the best combination of size and speed for the Leafs at #17, this is likely your target. Vesalainen won the MVP of the U18 tournament this year, which puts him in great company: Vesalainen joins illustrious group of MVP's.2016: Clayton Keller2015: Auston Matthews2014: None named (don't ask)2013: Connor McDavid— (((Corey Pronman)))...
Pension Plan Puppets May 16, 2017
Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews, and the impact Of The NHL’s greatest puck thieves

Mitchell Marner, Auston Matthews, and the impact Of The NHL’s greatest puck thieves

Mike Babcock used to coach the NHL’s best puck thief In Pavel Datsyuk. He now coaches three takeaway machines in Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, and William Nylander. When Mike Babcock joined the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 20, 2015, he left behind one of the league’s greatest puck thieves. Pavel Datsyuk’s takeaway numbers were out of this world during Babcock’s tenure in Detroit, and he could steal the puck away from an opponent on demand. He was the NHL’s best puck thief between 2007 and 2015, and it was not even close. When looking at takeaways, we can focus solely on road...
Toronto Star May 12, 2017
Leafs' progress earns presidential seal of approval: DiManno

Leafs' progress earns presidential seal of approval: DiManno

In an exclusive interview, Leafs boss Brendan Shanahan opens up about Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Mike Babcock, tough love for Nazem Kadri and a season that he calls satisfying, but not surprising.
The Hockey Writers May 12, 2017

Leafs Year-End Prospect Update: CHL Edition

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team built on sheer speed and raw skill. And now, youth. As one of the NHL’s biggest surprises in 2016-17, the Leafs dominated the vast majority of the league with a high-paced style of play based largely on the incredible skill of their younger players. In particular, Auston Matthews, […]
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 29, 2017
Odd and Interesting Numbers from the Leafs’ 2016-17 Season

Odd and Interesting Numbers from the Leafs’ 2016-17 Season

Some things that stood out to us as we combed through the data. As we review the Leafs’ last season and prepare for the next one, I’ve been poking around the Leafs’ numbers to see what shakes out. Here are some things I found. Auston Matthews led all Leaf forwards in blocked shots. By a fair margin, too—-Matthews had 61, while Leo Komarov was second among forwards with 50. This is all the more striking given that Matthews does not kill penalties. On the one hand, you applaud Matthews’ grit and defensive dedication—on the other, the significant (maybe only) weakness of the...
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 29, 2017
Did Auston Matthews meet our expectations?

Did Auston Matthews meet our expectations?

Or did he merely exceed them by a lot? Just a year ago, we at PPP eagerly watched the draft lottery—the Toronto Maple Leafs won it, in case you’ve forgotten—and then we very eagerly got to work speculating about the future Maple Leafs player Auston Matthews. We had hopes and dreams and expectations. But we had only a little bit of knowledge to base them on. Matthews hadn’t yet played in the World Championships, and his pro season in Switzerland had gone mostly unseen since Swiss league games are nearly impossible to watch internationally. He had played in the WJC, and there...
National Post Apr 25, 2017

‘It was a treat to watch’: If Auston Matthews was this good as a rookie, what will he do next?

Few figure Matthews, Toronto's Calder Trophy favourite, will take a step back next October, once the puck drops on the 2017-18 season
National Post Apr 25, 2017
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs rookies shone brighter than many current stars in playoff debut

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs rookies shone brighter than many current stars in playoff debut

It's rare for seven rookies to make the playoffs in their first full season. It's even rarer for several of them to make a big impact

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