Sunday, November 24, 2013

Andrew MacDonald Should Be on the Leafs Radar

A lot has been made about how the Leafs could really benefit from adding another defenseman to replace Carl Gunnarsson on the top pair alongside Dion Phaneuf.  For example, a lot of people thought the Leafs should have aggressively pursued Jay Bouwmeester before he was dealt at the trade deadline last season.

Well, suitable top-pairing defensemen don't grow on trees.  We've seen this firsthand over the years: a guy like Jay Bouwmeester doesn't become available very often and when guys like that do become available they come at a premium.  But every season, there might be one or two oppurtunities that present themselves where a team can actually bring in someone like that.  And this year it seems Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders could be that guy.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Why Mikhail Grabovski Hasn't Been (Quite) as Good as Some Think This Season

A lot has been made about how Mikhail Grabovski is already coming back to haunt the Leafs (as many predicted he would).  After all, he does have 13 points in 14 games this season.  But a lot of the numbers people have always used to defend him aren't in his favor this year.  Let's take a quick look:

-He has a PDO of 1075 (the next highest among Washington forwards with 10 or more game played is Jason Chimera at 1029).  This suggests that he's hard-pressed to keep up his current clip of point production.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

My Team Canada Version #2

John Tavares-Sidney Crosby-Steven Stamkos
Patrick Marleau-Jonathan Toews-Martin St. Louis
Logan Couture-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Eric Staal-Patrice Bergeron-Jeff Carter
Andrew Ladd/Rick Nash

Duncan Keith-Shea Weber
Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo
Dion Phaneuf-Drew Doughty
Kris Letang/P.K. Subban

Carey Price
Cam Ward
Mike Smith

My Team USA Version #2

Zach Parise-Ryan Kesler-Phil Kessel
Bobby Ryan-David Backes-Patrick Kane
James van Riemsdyk-Joe Pavelski-T.J. Oshie
Dustin Brown-Brandon Dubinsky-Ryan Callahan
Paul Stastny/Jason Pominville

Ryan Suter-Paul Martin
Ryan McDonaugh-Justin Faulk
Seth Jones-Dustin Byfuglien
Jack Johnson/Zach Bogosian

Jonathan Quick
Corey Schnieder
Ryan Miller