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Jake Gardiner | Defenseman

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/4/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 184
College: Wisconsin
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Jake Gardiner scored the Maple Leafs' lone goal in their 2-1 loss to the Wild on Monday night.
Gardiner did well, following up a Joffrey Lupul shot that squeaked through Devan Dubnyk and tucking it over the line. Gardiner also had another shot, plus three blocks and hits with a takeaway in over 24 minutes of ice time. Mar 24 - 12:27 AM

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Jake Gardiner scored his third goal of the season Thursday night in the Leafs' 4-1 loss against San Jose.

Gardiner now has 21 points through 69 games this season with a -22 rating. The 24-year-old has not shown much improvement this season, but he's still a young player on a struggling team.
Mar 19 - 11:57 PM

Jake Gardiner has been learning from Leafs defense coach Steve Staios.

"It's nice having a coach with that much experience," Gardiner said. "He sees the game (like us). He just retired recently. He's played during this style of hockey. He knows a lot about it. He's a good guy to talk to about some of the bad things you're doing and some of the good things." Staios has been working with Gardiner and Morgan Rielly a lot since Peter Horachek took over as the club's head coach. Gardiner has received more than 20 minutes of ice time in his past 10 outings. Offensively he has struggled this season with only two goals and 14 points in 57 games.
Feb 25 - 12:28 PM

Defenseman Jake Gardiner assisted twice in the Toronto Maple Leafs' latest loss, a 4-3 defeat Wednesday night at the hands of the cross-province Senators in Ottawa.

The Maple Leafs now have lost six games in a row. Since a 10-1-1 run from Nov. 20 to Dec. 16, the Leafs are 3-14-0 and have surrendered their grip on an Eastern Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Sens tied them for sixth place in the Atlantic Division with their victory Wednesday. The Leafs are 1-6-0 under interim coach Peter Horacek, who replaced the fired Randy Carlyle on Jan. 7, and have been outscored 28-12. Gardiner increased his assist total on the season to nine in the third period on a power-play goal by Nazem Kadri, his 13th of the season, and an empty-netter by James van Riemsdyk, his 20th of the season. David Clarkson was the other Toronto scorer, producing his 10th goal of the season in the second period.
Jan 21 - 10:04 PM

Jake Gardiner is expected to return to the Leafs' lineup Sunday in Chicago.

Gardiner was a healthy scratch Saturday against Philadelphia and is expected to lineup with Morgan Rielly on their third pairing. Coming into the game, the talented Gardiner has 197 career games with 19 goals, 73 points, 209 hits, 236 blocks, and 265 shots on goal. It's hard to question a highly touted 24 year old, but perhaps it's time to recognize that at least the shine from this would-be gem is fading.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 06:29:00 PM

In a late move, Korbinian Holzer will replace Jake Gardiner Saturday night against the Flyers.

It's unclear why Gardiner is being sat, but Holzer will line up next to Morgan Rielly on Toronto's third pairing either way. The young defender has only found his way into the lineup 10 other times this season, netting just three points (all assists), with 17 PIMs, 20 blocks, and 49 hits.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 07:01:00 PM

Jake Gardiner was the last player off the ice Saturday morning and there is a very good chance he will be a healthy scratch against the Flyers.

His play according to Toronto coach Randy Carlyle has been "erratic". Not a ringing endorsement for sure. We would bench Gardiner as a precaution Saturday night and hope he gets a chance to play against Chicago Sunday night.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Jake Gardiner was on the ice Saturday morning and will be a game-time decision against the Rangers Saturday night.

He left Thursday's game with a knee injury after blocking a shot, but seems to be OK as he skated without any difficulties in scrimmages Saturday morning. Check back with us later as to Gardiner's status.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Jake Gardiner left Thursday's game in the first period due to a lower-body injury.

Coach Randy Carlyle said that Gardiner sustained a deep bone bruise. His night ended after just 2:55 of ice time. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Source: Toronto Sun
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 08:37:00 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs decided to dress seven defensemen against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Along with the usual suspects, Jake Gardiner, Stephane Robidas and Stuart Percy who have been healthy scratches at times, are also dressed for the Maple Leafs. Considering the limited use of Toronto's fourth line, seven defensemen seems fairly sensible.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Jake Gardiner will suit up in Friday's game against Detroit.

He has been a healthy scratch for Toronto's past two games. Gardiner will replace Stephane Robidas in the lineup.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 11:27:00 AM

Jake Gardiner isn't concerned that he could be a healthy scratch again on Tuesday night.

The Leafs decided to place him in the press box after dropping their first two games of the season and Cody Franson played instead in a 6-3 win over the Rangers. Coach Randy Carlyle may not want to change his lineup against Colorado. "It's understandable. It's how a lot of coaches think," Gardiner said Monday.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Jake Gardiner served as a healthy scratch for Sunday's win over the New York Rangers.

"We had a round table (with the coaching staff) and we felt we wanted Franson back in the lineup," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Jake drew the short end of the stick." Cody Franson, who had a goal and an assist, returned after a knee injury and the Leafs decided to keep rookie Stuart Percy in the lineup.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 08:46:00 AM

Jake Gardiner will try to reward the Leafs in 2014-15 for having faith in him.

He inked a five-year, $20.5 million contract with Toronto in late July. "I am happy to be a Leaf for a really long time," Gardiner told the Toronto Star. "That was a big part of it, commitment. I thought having five years and the money was awesome. The security for me was good. It just shows the Leafs have a lot of faith in me." Gardiner has displayed flashes of his offensive abilities and puck-moving skills, but he still tends to have lapses defensively. He recorded 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games last year. The 24-year-old blueliners is primed for a larger role this campaign, so his numbers should get a boost.
Source: NHL.com
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 06:49:00 PM

Jake Gardiner doesn't have any issues working under Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

"He is a coach that likes to push his players and get the most out of them," Gardiner said. "I think that was what he was doing with me. I have a lot more potential than what I've been doing. I think [his approach was] good for me. It will help me down the road." Gardiner had a difficult time establishing himself with the Maple Leafs and spent most of the 2013 shortened campaign in the minors despite recording 30 points in his previous season. Those days are over though as he's signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 12:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Bozak
2Nazem Kadri
3Peter Holland
4Trevor Smith
5Casey Bailey
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Joffrey Lupul
3Leo Komarov
4Zach Sill
RW1Phil Kessel
2Richard Panik
3David Booth
4Joakim Lindstrom
5Brandon Kozun
6Nathan Horton
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Morgan Rielly
3Jake Gardiner
4Roman Polak
5Stephane Robidas
6Eric Brewer
7Tim Erixon
8T.J. Brennan
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer