Put Alexander Mogilny in the Hockey Hall of Fame already

Leafs legend Alexander Mogilny has been eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame since 2009, but every June comes and goes without the “Call to the Hall”. Some of this is justified: simply better players have become eligible over the years, which has bumped him down the order. But for Mogilny to go 13 induction cycles without being selected to the Hall is puzzling considering some of his career accomplishments:
Top-100 all-time in points (81st – 1032)
Top-75 all-time in goals (56th – 473)
One of only six players to score 70+ goals in a season (76G in 77GP in 1992-93)
8x 30 goal-scorer (full-season pace: 10x)
4x 40 goal-scorer (full-season pace: 6x)
2x 100 points-scorer (full-season pace: 3x)
1x Stanley Cup champion (NJD, 2000)
1x Rocket Richard trophy* (*if it existed in 1992-93, tied with Teemu Selanne)
1x Lady Byng trophy (2003)
NHL record for most game-winning goals in a season (11 in 1992-93)
NHL record for fastest goal to start a game (5 seconds)
One of 30 members of Triple Gold Club (Olympic Gold in 1988, World Championship in 1989, Stanley Cup in 2000)
First Russian to be made Captain of an NHL club
Add in the cultural element of being the first player to defect from the Soviet Union to play …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Relaunching the Maple Leafs Stat Pack for 2021-22

Did you know Alexander Kerfoot leads the Leafs in even-strength points?
Were you aware only three Leaf players are doling our more hits than they’re receiving?
Have you seen Kyle Clifford’s ridiculous-looking PDO?
Want to dive deeper into Jack Campbell’s recent performance?
Have you heard the Leafs have a top-three special teams group?
All these fun little tidbits were brought to your awareness by the Maple Leafs Stat Pack (MLSP), now live for the 2021-22 season.

This expansive Tableau dashboard, first introduced last season, is designed to be a one-stop-shop for deeper insights into our boys in Blue & White. The MLSP summarizes and visualizes Skater, Goaltender, and Team stats to help tell fans a better story about the performance of the Maple Leafs.
The dashboard, built using publicly-available data from Evolving-Hockey and NHL.com, is an ever-growing resource that will have new items added over time, so check back for new features or feel free to make suggested changes to Mark Norman via his Twitter.
Enjoy getting to know your team a little better, Maple Leafs fans!
Note: The MLSP is not optimized for mobile viewing, and show only be viewed on desktop devices. Plans for a mobile-friendly version are underway. …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

WATCH: Kerfoot goes upstairs on Gibson to get the party started 13 seconds into the third period

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot wasted no time in building his team’s lead in the third period of Sunday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Just 13 seconds into the final frame, Kerfoot received a backhand pass from William Nylander and immediately fired the puck over the shoulder of Ducks goaltender John Gibson.
John Tavares picked up the secondary assist on Kerfoot’s fourth goal of the season, which extended Toronto’s lead to 3–0. Here’s the video of the play, as posted to Twitter by the official Maple Leafs account:

Hope everyone was back in their seats #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/hf9y52Hgec
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 29, 2021

Kerfoot is off to a nice start in his third season with the Maple Leafs. The 27-year-old Vancouver product currently ranks seventh on the team with 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 23 games.
Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting also have goals for Toronto, which currently leads Anaheim 3–1 late in the third period. Hampus Lindholm has the only goal for the Ducks.

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Author: Mike Gould / The Leafs Nation

TLN Top 20 Leafs: #11 Alexander Kerfoot

Alexander Kerfoot finds himself in a peculiar middle ground among the Toronto Maple Leafs forward group heading into this season. Somewhat unfairly judged by the fanbase due to the fact he essentially replaced Nazem Kadri, Kerfoot has failed to live up to the expectations set upon him to become Toronto’s play driving third-line centre.
Following an offseason where many thought he was on the chopping block, Kerfoot enters his third season with the Maple Leafs in what feels like a make or break year for his tenure in the organization. Either he finally solidifies his place as a two-way play driving 3C, shifts back to the wing and becomes a complementary top-six winger, or he ends up being shipped out of town.
Five Important Stats

2020/21 SH TOI
2020/21 5v5 CF%
2020/21 FOW%
2020/21 PTS/GP

2021 Points (Playoffs)

85:21
48.82%
40.80%
0.411
6
It was a tough season for Alexander Kerfoot in 2020/21. His best value probably came on the penalty kill, eating 85:21 of shorthanded time-on-ice to rank third on the team among forwards.
While the PK ability is appreciated, it also can’t be the primary value Kerfoot is providing. When operating as the 3C, the third line just never got rolling as evidenced by Kerfoot’s career-low …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Kerfoot to 4-year, $14-million contract

Acquired in the Nazem Kadri trade, Alexander Kerfoot is now a Maple Leaf for long-term — signing a four-year extension worth $14-million.

Leafs extend Alex Kerfoot. 4 years, $14 million total.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 4, 2019

Coming in at a cap hit of $3.5-million for the next four years is solid business by Kyle Dubas, to lock up the third-line centre (or winger) spot for the near future that they hope to contend in.
Seen as the other piece in the Tyson Barrie-Nazem Kadri deal to many, but Kerfoot will cement his spot in this forward group exceptionally well. He only has two seasons under his belt with Colorado, but in those 157 NHL games played, Kerfoot racked up 34 goals and 51 assists.
Depending on what Babcock wants, Kerfoot could either start the season as the third-line centre — in between Kasperi Kapanen and Trevor Moore most likely — or as a top-nine left-winger and depending on William Nylander to fill that centre spot. All of this is hypothetical and can change in the months to come, but it’s looking like a solid deal for both sides.
Coming in around the same number, Dubas signed Andreas Johnsson and Kapanen to extensions earlier this summer. Johnsson to a …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation