Lets talk about D

Created by: Davisoc
Initial Creation Date: Nov 8, 2018
Published: Nov 8, 2018 at 7:54 pm
Team: 2018-19 Toronto Maple Leafs
Legend
Lefthanded
Original Team
Righthanded
Position
No Move/Trade Clause
Expiry Status
Term Remaining
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
Team Explanation
So, everyone is saying Toronto should use Nylander to pursue a stay at home RHD. Well lets reallllllly break this down and talk about it.

What does Nylander bring to the table:
- Controlled player coming off an ELC
- Offensively gifted posting back to back 60+ point season
- Top 50 player in the league at 5on5
- Center potential
- Top possession and zone entry player in the league
- Dynamic on PP, could quarter back it
- Sky high potential that realistically has not been touched yet
- Could immediately impact a line up
- Has #1C potential

Yes I understand that Toronto apparently NEEDS a top pairing right shot defense man. Now lets take two seconds and look at some of the main players talked about. Toronto would be looking at potentially:
- Better shot against metrics
- Less high danger chances against
- Better penalty killing

These are very valuable things, HOWEVER, it is proved time and time again defense can be made. Sure you aren't going to turn a middling prospect into a Hedman, but that being said, every year there is an unexpected defense in a break out season. Very rarely does this happen for an offensive talent like Nylander. You cant train what his underlying numbers are proving about him. I understand the assumption is, "leaf fans are delusional". But I am telling you it isn't that. Its the fact that we have been watching an underrated talent for four years now and we are jazzed as hell about how great he is.

Just some thoughts.
Buyouts
  • Mikhail Grabovski: $0
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Phil Kessel: $1,200,000 (15%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2018
2019
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
STL
TOR
TOR
DAL
2020
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
EDM
SJS
2021
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
TOR
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
24$79,500,000$67,283,333$2,550,000$5,400,000$12,216,667
Left WingCenterRight Wing
TOR
Marleau, Patrick
$6,250,000
LW, C
NMC
UFA - 2
TOR
Tavares, John
$11,000,000
C
NMC
UFA - 7
TOR
Horton, Nathan
$5,300,000
RW
NMC NTC
UFA - 2
TOR
Hyman, Zach
$2,250,000
LW
UFA - 3
TOR
Kadri, Nazem
$4,500,000
C
NTC
UFA - 4
TOR
Brown, Connor
$2,100,000
LW, RW
RFA - 2
TOR
Leivo, Josh
$925,000
RW, LW
UFA - 1
TOR
Matthews, Auston
$925,000
C
UFA - 1
TOR
Marner, Mitchell
$894,167
RW
UFA - 1
TOR
Johnsson, Andreas
$787,500
LW
UFA - 1
TOR
Lindholm, Pär
$925,000
LW, C
UFA - 1
TOR
Kapanen, Kasperi
$863,333
RW
RFA - 1
TOR
Gauthier, Frédérik
$675,000
C
RFA - 2
TOR
Ennis, Tyler
$650,000
C, LW, RW
UFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
TOR
Rielly, Morgan
$5,000,000
LD
UFA - 4
TOR
Zaitsev, Nikita
$4,500,000
RD
UFA - 6
TOR
Andersen, Frederik
$5,000,000
G
NTC
UFA - 3
TOR
Gardiner, Jake
$4,050,000
LD
UFA - 1
TOR
Hainsey, Ron
$3,000,000
RD
NTC
UFA - 1
TOR
Sparks, Garret
$675,000
G
UFA - 1
TOR
Ozhiganov, Igor
$925,000
RD
UFA - 1
TOR
Holl, Justin
$675,000
RD
UFA - 2
TOR
Dermott, Travis
$863,333
LD
RFA - 2
TOR
Marincin, Martin
$800,000
LD
UFA - 1

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Nov 8, 2018 at 8:06
#1
The evil stats guy
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 4,907
Likes: 2,215
Edited Nov 8, 2018 at 8:16
Lets talk about stats:
High danger shots against: tied for 13th
High danger chances against: 21st
Goals against: tied for 8th
Goals against per game" tied for 6th
PK%: 6th
Shots against per game: 14th

The stats say that we have an average defence with a good goalie.
Can the leafs D improve? Undoubtedly yes. It is awful by any means? No, its average at worst. No need to go out and overpay to fix anything.
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Nov 8, 2018 at 8:16
#2
BeastMode5515
Joined: Jul 2018
Posts: 1,537
Likes: 415
Did... did.... you just say that Nylander is a top 50 player in the league 5v5?
Nov 8, 2018 at 8:19
#3
The evil stats guy
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 4,907
Likes: 2,215
Quoting: BeastMode5515
Did... did.... you just say that Nylander is a top 50 player in the league 5v5?


You understand Nylander is statistically BETTER than Marner at 5v5 right? He is top 50 5v5 player. Just because you badly underrate him doesn't mean he sucks.
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Nov 8, 2018 at 9:53
#4
BeastMode5515
Joined: Jul 2018
Posts: 1,537
Likes: 415
Quoting: Random2152
You understand Nylander is statistically BETTER than Marner at 5v5 right? He is top 50 5v5 player. Just because you badly underrate him doesn't mean he sucks.


I could name more than 50 players better than him 5v5
Nov 9, 2018 at 10:58
#5
Wannabe Leafs GM
Joined: Jul 2018
Posts: 1,013
Likes: 307
Quoting: BeastMode5515
Did... did.... you just say that Nylander is a top 50 player in the league 5v5?


Thats a fact dude, look it up.
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