What moves should the Toronto Maple Leafs make?

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The Maple Leafs came into this season as a favourite to win the Stanley Cup after acquiring superstar John Tavares via Free Agency, giving the Leafs arguably the best depth at center in the league with Matthews, Tavares, Kadri. But there is still questions about the teams defence and if it can stand up well enough in the playoffs to go all the way.

We saw with the Golden Knights last year that it does not take a superstar back end to make it to the cup finals, but it certainly does help!

Currently the leafs roster looks like this:

Photo from: https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/teams/toronto-maple-leafs/line-combinations/

Photo from: https://www.dailyfaceoff.com/teams/toronto-maple-leafs/line-combinations/

With injuries to Ennis, Gardiner & Johnsson.

Adding them to the lineup it would look like:

Hyman - Tavares - Marner

Marleau - Matthews - Kapanen

Johnsson - Kadri - Nylander

Lindholm - Gauthier - Brown

Rielly - Hainsey

Gardiner - Zaitsev

Dermott - Ozhiganov

So now lets get to where they should add.

First off, the Leafs are making a trade with the St. Louis Blues. Long holdout RFA William Nylander signed a contract that in his 20 games since returning, he has not lived up to, with only 4 points. The Leafs will be sending him to the Blues. While many will think the return will be Alex Pietreangelo, and that would be the move that helps the team immediately, it does not in the long-term if they intend on keeping him as Pietreangelo is only signed for one more season after this year and he will be demanding a contract of 8+ Mil per season, which will put the Leafs back in cap hell. So who i believe they should receive in return is Colton Parayko who is a great two-way defenceman and has a cannon of a shot, who is capable of 10+ goals per season. Parayko is signed to a friendly 5.5 mil cap hit contract for an additional 3 years after this season and would be a great addition for the Leafs. A one-for-one hockey trade gets this done. Freeing up 1.4 Mil in cap space for the Leafs next season.

Next trade I believe they should make is with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Leafs trade defencemen Nikita Zaitsev to the Flyers for defencemen Radko Gudas. People may be a bit confused with this trade and no it is not a Peter Chiraelli trade, the purpose of this trade is to add some strength to a relatively small lineup for the playoffs. Also this frees up an additional 1.15Mil in cap hit for next season, giving an additional 2.55Mil to use to resign Matthews, Marner & Gardiner.

Leaving the Leafs lineup looking like:

Hyman - Tavares - Marner

Marleau - Matthews - Kapanen

Johnsson - Kadri - Brown

Lindholm - Gauthier - Ennis

Rielly - Hainsey

Gardiner - Parayko

Dermott - Ozhiganov/Gudas

What do you guys think?

Arizona drafts, what could have been!

https://www.nhl.com/news/arizona-coyotes-minnesota-wild-game-recap/c-302359052

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So the Coyotes have not been a competitive team for awhile and with the high draft picks they have had recently, they should have rebounded and been a playoff contender by now. Let’s take a look at the Coyotes first round picks from the past few seasons and what they could have gotten instead.

Let’s start all the way back in:

2004:

The Coyotes chose with the 5th overall pick: Blake Wheeler

Wheeler was the best available pick for the Coyotes, but after attending University he refused to sign with the Yotes so they lost him for nothing. Players that could have been taken instead are:

Mike Green

David Krejci

Andrew Ladd

2005:

The Coyotes chose with the 17th overall Pick: Martin Hanzal

Should have chosen:

Paul Stastny

James Neal

Keith Yandle

T.J. Oshie

Kristopher Letang

2006:

The Coyotes had the 8th and 29th overall pick choosing Peter Mueller & Chris Summers

Players could have chosen with 8th:

Claude Giroux

Brad Marchand

Nick Foligno

Picks with 29th:

Michael Frolik

Artem Anisimov

2007:

The Coyotes selected with the 3rd overall pick: Kyle Turris

Later traded for David Rundblad and a 2nd round pick.

Players they should have chosen:

Jamie Benn

Jakub Voracek

Logan Couture

David Perron

Max Pacioretty

P.K. Subban

2008:

The Coyotes selected with the 8th overall pick: Mikkel Boedker

Players they should have chosen:

Erik Karlsson

Jordan Eberle

Derek Stepan

John Carlson

Roman Josi

2009:

The Coyotes selected with the 6th overall pick: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

They nailed this pick.

2010:

The Coyotes selected with the 13th overall pick: Brandon Gormley

Players they should have chosen:

Vladimir Tarasenko

Evgeny Kuznetsov

Mark Stone

Jaden Schwartz

Cam Fowler

2011:

The Coyotes selected with the 20th overall pick: Connor Murphy

Players they should have chosen:

Nikita Kucherov

Johnny Gaudreau

Vincent Trocheck

2012:

The Coyotes selected with the 27th overall pick: Henrik Samuelsson

Players they should have chosen:

Shayne Gostisbehere

Colton Parayko

2013:

The Coyotes selected with the 12th overall pick: Max Domi

Later traded to Montreal, this was the correct pick.

2014:

The Coyotes selected with the 12th overall pick: Brendan Perlini

Players they should have chosen:

David Pastrnak

Dylan Larkin

Brayden Point

Viktor Arvidsson

2015:

The Coyotes selected with the 3rd and 30th overall picks: Dylan Strome & Nick Merkley

Players they should have chosen with 3rd overall:

Mikko Rantanen

Mitch Marner

Sebastian Aho

Mathew Barzal

Zach Werenski

Brock Boeser

Ivan Provorov

Thomas Chabot

Players could have chosen with 30th:

Sebastian Aho

Anthony Cirelli

Brandon Carlo

We will stop the list here as The past 3 drafts are still to early to determine. But here is what a roster could have looked like between 2004-2015

Benn - Point - Kucherov

Marchand - Aho - Marner

Keller - Krejci - Tarasenko

OPEN - Anisimov - OPEN

(4th line of current players)

OEL - Karlsson

Gostisbehere - Letang

Chychrun - Hjalmarsson

This is all what ifs, and the draft position would change depending on the success of players, but its amazing to see how many times teams blow a draft pick.

Jake Gardiner gets emotional in press conference after game

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HOCKEY GM ADVICE

Jake Gardiner, you either love or hate the guy. Last night Gardiner got beat on a play and the fans began to boo him every time he touched the puck. See below the play he got beat on.

Gardiner had Soderberg tied up and he just happened to get a shot off, in my opinion here, its as much Andersen’s fault here as it is Gardiner’s.

Gardiner is one of the Leafs most consistent defencemen and even put up 52 points for the Leafs last season. It’s tough to see a fanbase boo a player for a mistake when he did everything he could to prevent a shot.

Check out his post game press conference where he gets a little emotional below:

Preseason vs Mid Season Predictions

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Before the season I made my predictions of the standings and well its safe to say that I may have been quite a bit off. But I did match perfectly 4th and 30th!

Pre-season

  1. Capitals

  2. Jets

  3. Lightning

  4. Predators

  5. Leafs

  6. Bruins

  7. Penguins

  8. Blues

  9. Sharks

  10. Blue Jackets

  11. Ducks

  12. Flyers

  13. Kings

  14. Wild

  15. Panthers

  16. Oilers

  17. Sabres

  18. Avalanche

  19. Golden Knights

  20. Devils

  21. Stars

  22. Flames

  23. Coyotes

  24. Hurricanes

  25. Canucks

  26. Blackhawks

  27. Rangers

  28. Redwings

  29. Islanders

  30. Senators

  31. Canadiens

Mid-Season

  1. Lightning

  2. Flames

  3. Golden Knights

  4. Predators

  5. Sharks

  6. Leafs

  7. Jets

  8. Capitals

  9. Bruins

  10. Penguins

  11. Sabres

  12. Blue Jackets

  13. Canadiens

  14. Islanders

  15. Stars

  16. Avalanche

  17. Ducks

  18. Wild

  19. Hurricanes

  20. Canucks

  21. Oilers

  22. Panthers

  23. Rangers

  24. Blackhawks

  25. Coyotes

  26. Devils

  27. Redwings

  28. Blues

  29. Kings

  30. Senators

  31. Flyers

Saving the Philadelphia Flyers for 2019/20 season!

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Flyers fans, their was so much hope going into this season. Signing JVR in the offseason, the hopes of young players like Konecny and Patrick taking that next step, the hopes of Giroux repeating his 100 point season, but unfortunately, all we have is another disappointing season. The Flyers are currently sitting second last in the Eastern conference and according to http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html have a 0% chance of making the playoffs this season. So, even though its only half way through the season, it is time to hang it up, develop your young players and focus on next year!

They have already fired their General Manager & Head Coach and that does not seem to have helped much, as they are currently 1-7-2 in their last 10. So what is the problem with this team? Well, we know that goaltending is an issue having just tied a record for most goalies used.

And the worst thing about these stats is, the only goalie with a winning record is Calvin Pickard, who has a 4.01 GAA and .863 SV%. Ouch.

But lets pretend that the goaltending issue will be fixed for next season, assuming Hart will become a reliable starter next year.

Where the team is majorly lacking this season is the secondary scoring.

Looking at these stats this season, past their top 3 players there just is not enough secondary scoring to make this team compete! Do you remember the Gostisbehere that has 65 points last year? Neither do I. How about young star Ivan Provorov who had 17 goals last season, and who will be lucky to get 17 points this season. What happened to them? This team is lacking that drive from the back end this season that makes teams like Washington, Pittsburgh, San Jose the elite teams in the league.

Also when it comes to winning games, you need your special teams to produce. And what has the Flyers special teams done this season? Well, their PP is currently ranked 29th with a 13.3% and their PK is ranked 28th at 75.2%, that is absolutely no where near good enough. And when you consider the lethal weapons this team does actually have, a 13.3% powerplay is mind boggling to see.

So what do I recommend for next season? Well, the team has 10 UFA’s this offseason and I recommend not resigning a single one of them.

Trading away players like Lehtera, Raffl, Weal & Elliot for whatever you can receive for them, and selling high on Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds will be able to bring back a first round pick and a high prospect. And a team that should highly consider going after Simmonds are the Maple Leafs, who could use the grit on their team for a most likely first round matchup against the Boston Bruins. Sending back in return a pick and Jeremy Bracco.

So going into the offseason their will be a few holes on the roster, which will currently look like this:

Giroux - Couturier - Konecny

Lindblom - Patrick - Voracek

JVR - OPEN - OPEN

Weise - Laughton - OPEN

Provorov - Gudas

Gostisbehere - Sanheim

Hagg - Morin/Macdonald

Hart

OPEN

Lets start off filling the opening spot for goaltending. With the hope that Hart is capable of playing as a starter next season, they will still need a goalie capable of playing 30-35 games. The perfect fit here would be Ryan Miller. Miller for a long time as a member of the Buffalo Sabres was considered one of the best goalies in the NHL and is still putting up great numbers now. So he would be the perfect mentor for the young star in Hart.

Next we need to fill those spots on the 3rd and 4th lines. And heres who i believe would fill those spots perfectly. That third line center position i think is filled by their prospect who just had a great World Juniors Tournament, Morgan Frost. Filling in on his right wing will be Free Agent Tomas Vanek, who has proved time and time again he can be a producer on any team he is on. That leaves the 4th line RW position, which will be filled by Troy Brouwer. Brouwer will bring some additional grit to the fourth line, Stanley Cup experience and a scorer capable of 10+. Leaving the lineup looking like:

Giroux - Couturier - Konecny

Lindblom - Patrick - Voracek

JVR - Frost - Vanek

Weise - Laughton - Brouwer

Provorov - Gudas

Gostisbehere - Sanheim

Hagg - Morin/Macdonald

Hart

Miller

So, while not many adjustments have been made to the roster, their has been more scoring capability added, and while this will help 5-on-5, if the teams special teams begins to produce, the Flyers will be a playoff team next year!

Boston Bruins.... What Could Have Been!

HOCKEY GM ADVICE

The Boston Bruins have arguably the best top line in Hockey, which Marchand, Bergeron & Pastrnak. While this line is absolutely lethal and has led them to many victories, it takes more than a top line to win you games when it matters most. And judging by the photo below, the Bruins are very much lacking scoring depth besides for their second line center David Krejci.

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0000322019.html

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0000322019.html

Besides Krejci, their top scorer from the bottom 3 lines is Jake DeBrusk with 16 points, that is just not enough for a team that wants to win a Stanley Cup.

Now… are you ready to really hurt bruins fans?

Back in 2015 when General Manager Don Sweeney took over the Bruins, he made 3 trades that everyone questioned, and at the time though he was insane.

First: he traded the young high scoring defenceman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for a 2015 1st round pick, 2015 2nd round pick & 2015 2nd round pick.

Second: He traded fan favourite Milan Lucic for Martin Jones, Colin Miller & 2015 1st round pick.

Third: He immediately flipped Martin Jones for another First round pick and Sean Kuraly.

Giving the Bruins the 13th, 14th & 15th pick in the 2015 draft, and what turned out to be the 29th pick in the 2016 draft.

The Bruins went OFF THE BOARD for every one of these 4 picks. Picking:

13th: Jakub Zboril

14th: Jake DeBrusk

15: Zachary Senyshyn

And in 2016 choosing: Trent Frederic 29th overall.

Of these 4 players, only Jake DeBrusk has a full-time spot in the NHL but has not panned out to what the Bruins thought. Now for what hurts. What could have been ….

In 2015, immediately taken with the 16th pick was Matthew Barzal … Ouch.

Players that could have been drafted with these three picks:

Mathew Barzal - Career GP: 124 Career Points: 123

Kyle Connor - Career GP: 137 Career Points: 91

Thomas Chabot - Career GP: 102 Career Points: 63

Brock Boeser - Career GP: 103 Career Points: 88

Travis Konecny - Career GP: 192 Career Points: 98

Sebastian Aho - Career GP: 201 Career Points: 159

I would say these players would have definitely added some scoring depth to the Boston Bruins.

Move on to the 2016 draft with the 29th overall pick .. they could have picked:

Alex DeBrincat - Career GP: 126 Career Points: 86

Carter Hart

Could you even imagine a second line of Aho - Barzal - Boeser and then having DeBrincat on the third line with David Krejci.

What could have been Boston… What could have been.

If The Playoffs Started Today Predictions!

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Round 1:

East:

Lightning vs Canadiens (Lightning in 5)

Leafs vs Bruins (Leafs in 7)

Capitals vs Sabres (Capitals in 6)

Penguins vs Blue Jackets (Penguins in 7)

West:

Flames vs Ducks (Ducks in 7)

Golden Knights vs Sharks (Sharks in 7)

Jets vs Avalanche (Jets in 5)

Predators vs Stars (Predators in 6)

Round 2

East

Lightning vs Leafs (Lightning in 7)

Capitals vs Penguins (Capitals in 7)

West

Ducks vs Sharks (Sharks in 6)

Jets vs Predators (Jets in 7)

Round 3

East

Lightning vs Capitals (Capitals in 7)

West

Jets vs Sharks (Jets in 6)

Stanley Cup Finals!

Winnipeg Jets vs Washington Capitals

Game 1: Washington 4 - Winnipeg 1

Series: WSH 1 WPG 0

Game 2: Winnipeg 5 - Washington 2

Series: WSH 1 WPG 1

Game 3: Winnipeg 3 - Washington 2

Series: WPG 2 WSH 1

Game 4: Washington 6 Winnipeg 1

Series: WPG 2 WSH 2

Game 5: Winnipeg 2 Washington 0

Series: WPG 3 WSH 2

Game 6: Winnipeg 5 Washington 4

 

AND YOUR 2019 STANLEY CUP WINNERS ARE THE WINNIPEG JETS!

Goalies part 2

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Hockey GM Advice, Complete Hockey News & Gloves Off Hockey Choose Their Top 10 Goalies!

https://www.nhl.com/news/top-10-goalies-nhl-top-players/c-290471694

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Two elite pages Complete Hockey News & Gloves Off Hockey … and then Hockey GM Advice, chose their top 10 goalies, that they would have on their team if they had a choice. This list is based on skill, not JUST the currently statistical season they are having.

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Connor Hellebuyck

Connor Hellebuyck

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john gibson


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JONATHAN QUICK


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TUKKA RASK


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Recap:

10. Suter

9. Josi

8. Jones

7. Weber

6. Subban

5. Burns

4. Carlson

3. Doughty

2. Hedman

1. Karlsson

Victor Hedman

Victor Hedman

Recap:

10. Dumba

9. Giordano

8. McDonagh

7. Rielly

6. Josi/Subban

5. Carlson

4. Burns

3. Doughty

2. Karlsson

1. Hedman

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 10?

Hockey GM Advice & Complete Hockey News Top 10 Defencemen!

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Hockey GM Advice & Complete Hockey News have chosen their top 10 defenceman currently playing in the NHL. This is an overall basis on their skill and what they are capable of, not directly based on the season they are currently having.

Let us know at the end you top 10! Here we go….

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