Tag Archives: National Hockey League

Cumulated Selke Voting Over Past 5 Years

15 Sep


At LeafsHero we thought it be interesting to a see total of all Selke voting over the past 5 years. So we found the top 20 Selke Vote winners for each of the past 5 years, and summed the votes into one easy to read table.

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What is Franson Really Worth?

13 Sep

Cody Franson

With Nazem Kadri signed to a 2 year “bridge deal”, focus now shifts on locking up the 26 year old blue-liner Cody Franson to a deal for the 2013/2014 season. With at least seven NHL ready defensemen set to go for Leafs‘ training camp, the cards are almost entirely in Dave Nonis‘ hand, and it’s likely only a matter of time before Franson is forced to submit to Nonis’ apparent offer of 2 years at roughly 2 million. But the question is: just how much is Franson really worth? Here at LeafHero we look to break down Franson’s last break out season and see just how good Franson has proven himself to be both defensively and offensively, along with the role that he’s carved out for himself on the Leafs’ blue-line.

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Why Phaneuf is a Norris candidate

9 Apr

Phaneuf

In a season where the Leafs’ top prospect Nazem Kadri has gone many nights carrying the team’s offence on his back with his point per game production, where James Reimer has consistently given the Leafs a chance to win every night putting up a 15-5-4 record, where Phil Kessel has rounded out his game to be a dependable two-way winger who’s willing to battle against the boards, it’s easy to forget about the Leafs one player who has been doing the majority of the dirty work to allow the others to shine. Phaneuf may not be making highlight reel passes, momentum shifting saves or redefining the type of player he is, like his peers may be, but quietly Phaneuf has become the team’s most valuable player and has earned the “C” stitched on his jersey. Here at LeafsHero we’ll look at the different elements of Phaneuf’s game that make him not only the team’s MVP but a possible Norris Trophy nominee.
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Kadri, a Killer? Not yet.

27 Mar

Kadri Killer

Leave it the Toronto Media to jump the gun. You don’t need to look back very far to find examples of the Toronto Sun and it’s peer papers being hasty to throw heavy praise or heavy criticism to young Leaf players. It wasn’t long ago that Luke Schenn was our future franchise defender and captain, not long before that Kadri was a bust  because he couldn’t crack 100 points in the OHL , and for the older fans we remember how the  Leafs looked set for centre depth for the next decade with Wellwood/Antropov/Stajan/Steen down the middle. Funny how quickly things can change.

So fan hesitancy to jump on the early season Kadri wagon is understandable, and when the Sun’s printed the “New Killer” article early in what would be Kadri’s first season starting with the big club many of us though “Here we go again.” I too was one of them, don’t get me wrong, being a Leaf fan since birth, and a Middle Eastern man myself the idea of a young Lebanese reincarnation of Doug Gilmour leading the Leafs back into the play-off’s to end the drought sounded good, too good, and out of a fear of disappointment I shut myself out to the possibility that Kadri could maintain his scoring pace, his ferocious on ice intensity and be the next heart of the team. But, he has somehow managed to not only sustain his play, but continue to improve it.

In honour of Kadri’s recent play here at LeafsHero we look to break down Kadri’s game and draw the parallels he’s shown to the former Leaf’s great.

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Kadri’s lucky stick

24 Mar

Kadri

“I am not really too superstitious, but I am using the same stick that I have been using for the past three or four games, however many this streak has been lasting for. I think I will keep that one close to me, it’s fragile now, I don’t know how much time it has left.”

— Nazem Kadri after the Leafs’ 3-2 win over Boston on Saturday. Kadri extend his point streak to four games, where he has 3 goals and 9 points in that span.

Morgan Rielly Scouting Report

23 Mar

Morgan Rielly

With Toronto’s next golden boy starting his professional career on Friday night, many fan are wondering what they can expect with Morgan Rielly, here at LeafHero we’ll look at a break down of everything you need to know about the  Rielly becoming.

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Lupul with risky response to suspension.

23 Mar

Joffrey Lupul

If someone can explain the decisions on what warrants a suspension and what doesn’t, please let me and the rest of guys know.- @JLupul

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