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

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Mike Babcock has been selected as one of the finalists for the Jack Adams Award.
The Maple Leafs surprised the hockey world by making it to the playoffs with a 40-27-15 record after having the worst record in the NHL last season (29-42-11). Babcock has never won the award before. Edmonton's Todd McLellan and Columbus' John Tortorella are the other two finalists for the award. Apr 26 - 7:28 PM

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Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock was optimistic about the future after the Leafs were eliminated by Washington in Game 6.

"The reality is, it was a great year for our team. It would have been great to play in Game 7," said Babcock. "If you’re not from Toronto, you don’t know how spectacular it is," he said. "This is the best place you can ever play. I’ve never seen anything like this. Now you need a team to match that opportunity." The Leafs are getting there. Toronto had seven rookies participate in over 50 games this season, so the fact that the squad was not only able to make the playoffs, but then hold their own against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals in every game of the series is a good sign of things to come. The first round series saw five of six games go to overtime and every contest be decided by just a goal. It will be very interesting to see what Toronto does in 2017-18.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 24 - 11:03 AM

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock is upbeat about where his team is at as they face the possibility elimination in Game 6 against Washington on Sunday.

"To tell you the truth. I think it’s a great opportunity for our team," Babcock said. "We’re playing against a good team and we’re playing well and having fun doing it. I think it’s just relish in the moment. Relish (Saturday), take all the atmosphere in, get energized and get ready to go again (Sunday). It’s a lot of fun for our group and you should enjoy it." The Maple Leafs were led by rookies and youngsters this season and for them this playoff series has been a great learning experience. It's also been encouraging as Toronto has defied expectations by consistently staying in games against the President Trophy winning Washington Capitals. Regardless of what happens on Sunday, the Maple Leafs can be happy with how much progress they've made in 2016-17, but they'll certainly be trying to force a Game 7 regardless.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 23 - 10:55 AM

Despite trailing 3-2 in the series, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock believes his team can still win their series against Washington.

The Leafs dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime on Friday night, which puts them on the brink of elimination. "You can’t have any more fun than this," Babcock said. "We believe we still have a chance to win. That’s what we’re going to do. The bottom line is we’ve got to go home and win a game now because we want to be right here in overtime in Game 7." Game 6 will be played in Toronto on Sunday.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 22 - 10:42 AM

The Maple Leafs are showing they can play with the President Trophy-winning Washington Capitals.

In fact, there is a strong argument that the Leafs could have been up 2-0 in this series. The Buds have been tied or ahead in both games except for 3:19 in total. That is a real confidence building stat for a young and upcoming Toronto squad.
Apr 16 - 11:43 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a good chance of making the 2017 playoffs, but they've got to take care of business this weekend.

The Maple Leafs are one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but they have a game in hand. If the Maple Leafs win just one of their games against Pittsburgh or Columbus, they'd be in the post-season. If they lose both and the Lightning beat the Sabres on Sunday, they'd be out. "What I like about this opportunity is we have to earn our way in," head coach Mike Babcock said. "No one is giving it to you. And that’s what it is all about, is having these opportunities to grow your game in moments that matter. They have all had these opportunities at different levels, just not at this level. So let’s look after business."
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 8 - 10:48 AM

Mike Babcock has his sights set on making the playoffs.

"I don’t care when you peak or any of that stuff, I just want to get in the playoffs to give ourselves a chance," Babcock said. "We’re playing better right now and finding a way to win games and that’s what we have to continue to do. Last year, I didn’t look at the standings one time (when the Leafs finished 30th overall in the National Hockey League) and now I look at it every single day. Obviously, there must be a reason to look at them." Through 73 games, the Leafs find themselves in third place in the Atlantic Division. If the playoffs started today, they'd face the Ottawa Senators in the first round.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mar 25 - 10:05 AM

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

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

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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