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14 Apr 2021 22:28:19
So earlier we talked about lines when ahead, lines when behind,

For me in priority of who I put on the ice.

Lines when ahead

Hyman Matthews marner
Micheyev Nash foligno
Spezza tavares Simmonds
Galchenyuk nylander engvall

Lines when behind

Hyman Matthews marner
Galchenyuk tavares Simmonds
Micheyev spezza nylander
Engvall Nash foligno

Typical lines
Galchenyuk Matthews marner
Foligno tavares Hyman
Micheyev engvall nylander
Spezza Nash simmonds

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14 Apr 2021 15:35:47
Nick Foligno

He Was Tortorella’s Captain

All stats 5-on-5 NST
Zone data A3Z (Turtoro)

In 42 games of 5-on-5 hockey this year, Foligno has 5 goals and 8 points, while averaging approximately 13:00 minutes a game.

46.17 CF%, 47.70 FF%, 48.98 SF%, 40.63 GF%, 46.28 SCF%, 46.78 HDCF%, 40.91 HDGF%, 41.83 OFS%

On the one hand, his numbers are not very good. On the other hand, they are the worst of his career, playing for a struggling team not known for its focus on puck possession and offense.

Foligno was not brought in for his offensive contributions, however. He was brought in for his “elite” defensive capabilities. So let’s look at some of his defensive stats and see what they reveal:

106 Hits, 27 shots blocked

69:04 penalty kill

26th percentile Controlled Entries
39th percentile Controlled Exits

Though his reputation as being “elite” defensively may be a somewhat exaggerated, there is merit to the argument that Foligno is, at minimal, a highly effective third line/ checking line player.

He starts 51.83% in the D-Zone. His 106 hits is good for an 82 game pace of 207 (highest on the Leafs) . He has only 9 giveaways (lowest on the Leafs), and has played 69:04 on pk (highest on the Leafs) .

His entry and exit stats point to one thing, and one thing only: dump and chase. Both teams are dumping and chasing the puck a lot when Foligno is on the ice. This is not a coincidence. This is a result of the system Columbus plays. And it is one Foligno excels at.

It is this experience, the ability to play without the puck, that the Leafs were lacking.

You get what you pay for.

At $1.375M, Foligno is a stereotypical physically aggressive third line/ checking line player with limited offensive capabilities.

Foligno’s greatest value is that he is a penalty kill specialist. His greatest strengths lay in the facts that he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, and can slow the pace of the game when necessary.

If Foligno was a full time centre, he would have been exactly what I was hoping for in a rental. As is, he’s close enough. A popular choice among Leafs fans, I’m excited to have Foligno on the team. I look forward to seeing him in action.

My only regret is knowing that it’s all over at season’s end. I don’t expect Foligno to be in a Leafs uniform again next year.

I mean, this guy was Tortorella’s Captain for crying out loud. Just imagine the work ethic he has. He is going to embarrass the lazy “stars” on this team like Nylander, who float by on skill alone.

Tortorella’s Captain. Playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Imagine that.

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14 Apr 2021 16:28:23
He starts 58.83% in the offensive zone. That was a typo above where is said 51.83%.

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14 Apr 2021 16:29:53
58.83% in the DEFENSIVE zone. Not offensive zone. And not 51.83%.

A series of unfortunate typos has made this somewhat more entertaining than I thought.

Just look the numbers up yourself next time.

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14 Apr 2021 19:08:13
This is the hard thing about advanced stats. They play a dump and chase which lowers a lot of key stats. They also allow a tonne of low quality shots from the outside. Again, something that doesn't look good with some advanced stats.

I like Foligno. He fights, he hits, he's a leader and most importantly, he works his ass off.

Knowing someone is Torts captain is really all most hockey fans need to hear.

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14 Apr 2021 15:35:05
I went to work last night. I will again tonight. I’ll do my job. Sometimes I do more than my job requires. But for the most part, I work just hard enough not to get fired. And get paid just enough money not to quit.

Dubas did exactly what was expected. What every other GM in his position would have done, and did do. He did his job. The very same job we pay him to do.

Furthermore, Dubas appears to be celebrated only so much as any other employee on a corporate payroll. He did the bare minimum as was expected of him. Nothing more.

A deadline acquisition spree that features a third line winger and backup goaltender as the headline stars is a little anti-climatic for a fan base that was looking for a big ticket item to take this team from pretenders to clear cut contenders.

It is, literally, the minimal he was expected to do.

The extra depth is nice. But the team’s success entirely depends on the very same players it did before.

Dubas went to work yesterday. He did what was expected of him. He did his job. And that’s all he did.

I just wonder if he did enough that he will still have a job to show up to every day at this time next year?

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14 Apr 2021 14:01:49
I was stuck at work at the beginning of the game, was spezza a healthy scratch? Or did he need a personal day or something? Because bench Thornton before spezza in my eyes.

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14 Apr 2021 18:54:32
Word is Spezza needed a maintenance day.

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14 Apr 2021 01:41:10
I kinda want to see Robertson with marner and Matthews.

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14 Apr 2021 07:07:59
I'm not sure Robertson is ready right now. I think he's being jerked around a bit too much. Playoffs-AHL-injury-AHL-taxi squad-injury-AHL-Taxi squad-NHL it's a lot on a young cat.

Personally I think his development is being hurt right now. I would like to see him have a permanent spot in the AHL for the rest of the season.

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14 Apr 2021 11:57:40
They are definitely not setting him up for success right now I look at Robertson in the same light as galchenyuk he needs to play with guys that can get him the puck.

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14 Apr 2021 13:59:38
That's why I figured marner Matthews. He can't be worse in his own end then galchenyuk lol.

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13 Apr 2021 21:47:44
Same as you have the Hero line of JT, MM and AM when your down late in a game I would love to see a shutdown line late in games with the lead.

Foligno Nash Simmonds

A line like this may have made the difference against Boston late in games.

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14 Apr 2021 01:21:20
Foligno Nash micheyev, Simmonds isn't great defensively, I'd also be fine with Hyman on it.

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14 Apr 2021 05:13:10
Avoided Hyman because I would like him on the top line. Mikheyev fits well too.

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13 Apr 2021 14:00:53
I have to give Dubas credit. He made some good moves and was creative while doing it. He also seems to have realized that "toughness" is needed for the playoffs.

These are the lines I would try when Willy is healthy to play.

Galchenyuk Matthews Marner
Foligno Tavares Hyman
Mikheyev Engvall Nylander
Robertson/Thornton Spezza Simmonds

Hutton is for depth.

The tandem of Campbell and Rittich should be solid.

Leafs/Dubas have built a very solid looking playoff type of team with lots of depth at every position. Well done Leafs.

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13 Apr 2021 15:05:32
I’d like to see them try Foligno between Hyman and Simmonds. That would be a tenacious line to play against.

Does anyone expect Matthews and Marner to be able to play 22+ minutes a game in the playoffs?

We need a strong third line. Any plug beside Matthews and Marner would do. Hyman and Foligno are both play drivers. Along with Simmonds, they would turn the third line into something that resembles a proper checking line. That can also provide secondary scoring.

Mikheyev has cement hands. He couldn’t score a goal if I was in net. But he does everything else well . Put him on the top line. He’s an upgrade over Thornton.

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13 Apr 2021 21:45:15
I wouldn't put Hyman anywhere but top line. Anyone else noticed Mathews and Marner were in a slump until Hyman returned? I would keep that line as is.

Hyman Mathews Marner
Gally Tavares Nylander
Robertson Foligno Simmons
Mikheyev Engvall Spezza

I'm sure Jumbo stays in the lineup though. No way he came here to sit in the press box. Kerfoot also wouldn't be sitting out since that would make Dubas look the fool in the Kadri trade.

Above is just my take on an optimal lineup. When Riley Nash comes in for the playoffs you bump down any one of Mikheyev, Engvall or Robertson. Whoever is playing worse and make Nash your 3C.

Reilly Brodie
Muzzin Holl
Dermott Bogosian

Nothing new to add here. If injuries happen you have Sandin/ Liljigren. Not sure if Niemela can join the team but he was D of the year in Finland so maybe give him a look in emergency situation.

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14 Apr 2021 00:42:06
Nash is 4C not 3C. I'm sure everyone here knew what I meant anyway though lol.

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14 Apr 2021 12:23:33
Here’s my healthy lineup

Galchenyuk matthews marner
Foligno Tavares Nylander
Mikheyev Nash Hyman
Spezza Kerfoot Simmonds

I’m sorry but I don’t want Thornton to touch the ice anymore for whatever reason keefe tries to force him into the top 6 he’s a good locker room guy but he pretty much useless on the ice he’s just too old and too slow.

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13 Apr 2021 10:10:00
Starting lineup
Hyman Matthews marner
Galchenyuk Tavares mikheyev
Foligno Kerfoot nylander
Thornton spezza simmonds

When down
Tavares Matthews marner
Hyman foligno nylander
Galchenyuk spezza simmonds
Thornton kerfoot Mikheyev

When up
Hyman foligno Mikheyev
Kerfoot Matthews marner
Galchenyuk Tavares simmonds
Thornton spezza nylander

Engvall Robertson

The D
Rielly Brodie
Muzzin holl
Dermott bogosian

Hutton liljegren

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13 Apr 2021 21:45:45
I would greatly prefer Engvall to Kerfoot but I see why you did that.

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