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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (53) / 4/29/1963

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Although there is no question the Maple Leafs are on the rise, they have not fared very well in overtime and shootout games.
In fact, the Buds have lost a league-worst 15 games when the match has not been decided in regular time. If the Leafs had won just half of those contests they would be safely in a playoff spot. Just the growing pains of youth. Mar 19 - 10:04 AM

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The Maple Leafs' chances of making the playoffs have dimmed a little over the last two weeks.

With their loss to the Ducks Saturday night, the Buds are now in the throws of a five-game losing streak. It is the first time the team has lost five consecutive contests this season. Needless to say, this is not coming at a good time.
Mar 5 - 10:56 AM

Even though they're in the hunt for a playoff spot, don't expect the Maple Leafs to trade young assets for short-term help.

"We’d like to do anything we can to get in the playoffs that wouldn’t be in the way of our long-term plan," coach Mike Babcock said. "People can speculate, but the reality is you look at our group and I think this is our group moving ahead. What we can do in the off season to help ourselves, that’s a big job for our management team, but if anyone’s looking for us to be the news on deadline day, I’d find something else to do."
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 18 - 10:30 AM

Mike Babcock doesn't expect Toronto to make waves during the trade deadline this season.

As Babcock noted, "If anyone's looking for us to be the news on deadline day, I'd find something else to do." Fortunately for us, his say in the matter only goes so far. One way or another, it should be interesting to see what does or does not happen.
Feb 17 - 3:43 PM

Maple Leaf rookies have been piling up the points this season.

The seven main rookies on the Toronto roster have registered a combined 208 points thus far. Mitch Marner leads the way with 47, followed by Auston Matthews with 44 and William Nylander with 36. Rounding out the seven are Nikita Zaitsev with 25, Connor Brown and Zach Hyman with 23 each, Nikita Soshnikov with seven and Frederik Gauthier with three. It is quite a crop and bodes well for the Maple Leafs' future.

The Maple Leafs have a terrible record in shootouts.

The Buds are 1-6 when tied after an overtime period. That is odd considering how many talented offensive players the Maple Leafs employ but the record is what it is. Had Toronto gained the extra point in just three of those contests they would be in a much better playoff position with many games in hand over other teams they are battling.
Jan 22 - 12:02 PM

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said his team was "terrible" in Thursday's loss to the Rangers.

"We were terrible," Babcock said. "You’re not disappointed that often. We did not compete hard and we were not prepared. That’s my job. We weren’t ready to go, no detail, whether that was a team that is feeling good about themselves and did not compete." Toronto looked like a defensive disaster without top defenseman Morgan Rielly. With Reilly set to be out again on Saturday night, the Leafs could once again struggle to keep the puck out of their own net when they take on the Sens.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 21 - 10:32 AM

The Maple Leafs have scored at least two power play goals in four consecutive games.

The latest victims of Toronto's deadly man-advantage was the New York Rangers, who lost 4-2 to the Leafs on Friday night. Mike Babcock's team also managed to kill off all six of their opponent's power plays in that one. "We had all four lines going (the fourth unit drawing some New York calls) and our power play and penalty killing were good," Babcock said. "It’s good to see (Frederik Andersen) back (he let in crucial goals against Montreal before the break) and we got good goaltending."
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 14 - 11:02 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs' coach Mike Babcock couldn't disagree with having bye weeks more, as far as player safety is concerned.

"I think it’s 100 per cent wrong for player safety," Babcock declared. "You’ve got so many games in such a short period of time and you’re jamming in more. To me, the more days rest you can have by not playing back-to-backs and jamming it in the healthier you have a chance to be I believe." Heuristically, he has a point. It's also worth noting that Toronto plays a league-high 18 double dips. The 2016-17 season has been additionally condensed by the World Cup taking place during a time where players normally gather for training camp. On second thought, perhaps that tidbit ought to critique one's thoughts on bye weeks. At least for this season.
Jan 7 - 1:09 PM

The Centennial Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings has been pushed back 30 minutes due to "sunlight on the ice surface and in the interest of Player safety" by the League.

Thus the game will begin at 3:30 EST. Be sure to adjust yourselves accordingly.
Jan 1 - 12:58 PM

The Maple Leafs let another game slip away from them in the third period.

Following Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose, Toronto has ended up with less than the full two points six times this season despite carrying a lead going into the third. "We've left a lot of points out there," coach Mike Babcock said. "I think part of it is not continuing to play with your foot on the gas ... But I was pleased with our effort." Toronto is a young team that has to learn how to close games out.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 10:39:00 AM

There are six rookies who have at least 10 points so far this season and the Maple Leafs have three of them.

The three non-Toronto players are Jimmy Vesey, Patrik Laine and Zach Wereneski. Of course, the Leafs trio is William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. The future sure looks bright for the Buds.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 11:56:00 AM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock doesn't think Toronto's late-game shortcomings are entirely a youth problem.

Toronto has held the lead going into the third period in all five of its contests so far this season, but the Maple Leafs have a 1-1-3 record despite that. To put it another way, the Maple Leafs have outscored their opponents 16-8 in the first 40 minutes of games, but they've been outscored 10-2 in the third and overtime periods. Saturday was another problematic game for the Maple Leafs as they blew a 4-2 lead in the last two and a half minutes of the third period and then eventually lost the contest in the third period. However, if you believe that collapses like that are because the Maple Leafs are young, Babcock would argue that Saturday played against that notion. "That wasn’t youth tonight at all. It wasn’t young guys that made those mistakes. It was veteran guys that made those mistakes," Babcock said.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 11:19:00 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a veteran backup goaltender.

Frederik Andersen will be the team's starting goaltender, but it seems that the Maple Leafs aren't content with the status quo after trading away Jonathan Bernier. "Now we have to find a good pro to come in and support him, and we'll do that," Leafs coach Mike Babcock said, referring to supporting Andersen. It's not clear who the Maple Leafs will go after, but it's possible that whoever Toronto gets will be expected to compete with Garret Sparks during training camp for the number two job.
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Don't be surprised if the Maple Leafs add a few veteran forwards via trade or free agency to help mentor some of their young prospects.

Leafs' coach Mike Babcock alluded to that possibility when discussing the development of Auston Matthews, whom he wants to protect and insulate a little from the intense pressure of playing in a hockey-crazy market like Toronto. Stay tuned.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 10:52:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Auston Matthews
2Nazem Kadri
3Tyler Bozak
4Brian Boyle
5Ben Smith
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Leo Komarov
3Josh Leivo
4Eric Fehr
5Zach Hyman
6Matt Martin
7Joffrey Lupul
RW1Mitch Marner
2William Nylander
3Connor Brown
4Nikita Soshnikov
5Nathan Horton
D1Morgan Rielly
2Jake Gardiner
3Nikita Zaitsev
4Connor Carrick
5Matt Hunwick
6Roman Polak
7Alexey Marchenko
8Martin Marincin
9Stephane Robidas
G1Frederik Andersen
2Curtis McElhinney