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The 2019-2020 MotherFucking Season Thread

LeafGm

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Dubas and his treatment of Soup during hos injury had to play a major role.

Yep, probably true. Barabanov & Mikheyev share the same agent as well.

Another thing is, I think these KHL guys are always afraid that they’ll come over here and get buried in the AHL without getting a legit NHL shot.

But for better or worse, all of our recent KHL signings (Soshnikov, Zaitsev, Ozhiganov, Mikheyev) have been given a real opportunity to sink or swim at the NHL level.

The organization also went the extra step of hiring Nik Antropov full-time to help translate for them in practices & be an on-call resource for them in helping them get adjusted to the NHL and North American life.
 

MindzEye

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Yep, probably true. Barabanov & Mikheyev share the same agent as well.

Another thing is, I think these KHL guys are always afraid that they’ll come over here and get buried in the AHL without getting a legit NHL shot.

But for better or worse, all of our recent KHL signings (Soshnikov, Zaitsev, Ozhiganov, Mikheyev) have been given a real opportunity to sink or swim at the NHL level.

The organization also went the extra step of hiring Nik Antropov full-time to help translate for them in practices & be an on-call resource for them in helping them get adjusted to the NHL and North American life.
I don't think it can be overstated how important it is that our AHL team is treated like an actual thing, sharing NHL level facilities and coaching, in a top tier city.

It's one thing to sign with a club in the hopes of cracking a roster, missing out, and ending up playing in a barn with your local YMCA level training facilities in Scranton, Belleville, Iowa City, etc, etc, etc fucking etc...almost all of the cities in the AHL are trash. It's another thing entirely to end up not making the team but still making guaranteed NHL money and living in Toronto. There's maybe 5-6 teams in the AHL that don't play in deep suburbs or trashbag cities (looking at you Cleveland).

Teams are starting to emulate the Leafs approach though. Vegas bought their farm team and are moving it to Vegas.
 

zeke

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Matthews (22): 6'3", 220 ------ Dubois (21): 6'3", 218
Marner (22): 6'0", 175 --------- Atkinson (30): 5'8", 175
Nylander (23): 6'0", 196 ------ Nyquist (30): 5'11", 179

Tavares (29): 6'1", 215 -------- Jenner (26): 6'2", 208
Hyman (27): 6'1", 211 --------- Foligno (32): 6'0", 208
Mikheyev (25): 6'3", 195 ----- Anderson (25): 6'3", 222

Kerfoot (25): 5'10, 185 -------- Wennberg (25): 6'2", 197
Kapanen (23): 6'1", 194 ------- Bjorkstrand (24): 6'0", 177
Johnsson (25): 5'10, 194 ---- Texier (20): 6'1", 192

Engvall (23): 6'4", 214 --------- Stenlund (23): 6'4", 209
Clifford (29): 6'2, 211 --------- Nash (31): 6'2", 185
Spezza (36): 6'3", 216 -------- Bemstrom (20): 6'0", 190

Gauthier (24): 6'5", 239 ------- Robinson (24): 6'2", 197
Malgin (22): 5'9", 177 --------- Lilja (26): 6'1", 196
Petan (24): 5'9", 166 ----------- Gerbe (32): 5'4", 169


Rielly (25): 6'1", 219 ----------- Jones (25): 6'4", 209
Barrie (28): 5'11", 197 --------- Werenski (22): 6'2", 212

Muzzin (30): 6'3", 217 ---------- Savard (29): 6'2", 229
Ceci (26): 6'2", 210 -------------- Murray (26): 6'1", 206

Holl (27): 6'4", 210 --------------- Gavrikov (24): 6'3", 213
Dermott (23): 6'0", 205--------- Nutivaara (25): 6'1", 187

Marincin (27): 6'5", 217 -------- Harrington (26): 6'2", 204
Rosen (25): 6'1", 186 ------------ Kukan (26): 6'2", 192
Sandin (19): 5"11, 183 ---------- Peeke (21): 6'3", 194
 
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Volcanologist

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I'm also reading that the seeded teams do a play in as well, not for a spot which they're guaranteed, but a seeding. Meaning that it would only be Boston in round 2 if the Leafs got by the Jackets and Boston finished 1st in their roundrobin thing.
 

JackBurton

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Leafs have too much firepower and skill. Jackets leading scorere barely has more total points than Matthews has goals.
 

LeafGm

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The Jackets aren’t close to being the same team they were up front in the playoffs last year.

But the one thing that’d concern me is that they have two goalies who each had long stretches of elite-caliber play this season.

So if they’re getting .920-930 goaltending and we’re getting October/playoff Freddie, that would easily make up for the talent disparity between the two teams.
 

LeafGm

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...even more so in a 5 game series.

Yep.

Honestly, it wouldn’t be the worst thing if Freddie gets his doors blown off in the “first round” of this half-baked playoff format.

It’d likely give Dubas the kick in the pants he needs to move on from Freddie in off-season, and make sure that there’s no chance we sign him to a big extension.

And like HL, I’m not at all enthused about the idea of this being the circumstances in which we finally break the drought.
 

Artnes

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I dont know what to expect from Merzlikins. He has been lights out all season but he doesnt have much of a track record in NA so fingers crossed this layoff brings him back to earth
 

Wayward DP

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I dont know what to expect from Merzlikins. He has been lights out all season but he doesnt have much of a track record in NA so fingers crossed this layoff brings him back to earth
nah he struggled most of the year and then went on an absolutely insane hot streak, and then was returning back to earth when the season was paused. his hot streak was freaking legendary though. like four shutouts in a couple weeks kinda thing.
 

Artnes

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nah he struggled most of the year and then went on an absolutely insane hot streak, and then was returning back to earth when the season was paused. his hot streak was freaking legendary though. like four shutouts in a couple weeks kinda thing.
I looked a little deeper into his numbers after and you're right. Inflated by 5 shutouts in 8 games
 
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