Hutch up, Kask down

I honestly wonder if an actual deck chair from the Titanic might be the best option as Freddie Andersen’s backup, but nevertheless, we’re seeing a bit of a shuffle today…

The @MapleLeafs have recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
Kasimir Kaskisuo has been loaned to the Marlies.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 25, 2019
The story on both of these goalies is very similar, absolutely atrocious numbers in the NHL, and both have been lights out in the AHL. Essentially the Leafs are doomed to repeat Garret Sparks over and over again.


So what are the Leafs hoping for with this move?
Well, looking at this from a GM’s point of view, Kyle Dubas made the decision to go with Michael Hutchinson as his backup. Through rigid usage in unfavourable situations, Michael Hutchinson was absolutely decimated by his competition, and not supported by his teammates, who weren’t exactly putting forth their best effort under Mike Babcock.
Hutchinson took his demotion and went to work with Sheldon Keefe & company, and did everything right at the AHL level. He picked up 3 wins …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Hot Takes From The Farm: Week Fourteen

Honestly, I’m not sure this is even a thing that people care about anymore as a marker of potential vulnerability but I’m going to make a post out of it anyway. The rest of the baseball world has moved on to metrics that I only understand insomuch as it goes to comparing one player to another but I’ve been too lazy to teach myself a really clear comprehension of them. So I freely admit there’s probably some metric that fleshes out this observation in ways beyond what I’m about to say. This, really, is just an observation not a conclusion: a lot of the Blue Jays best young hitting prospects strike out a LOT. Here’s a list of hitting prospects in general prospect status order including only those who’ve struck out more than once per game played. (Just players on full season teams for the same of sample size)
Anthony Alford: 76K/62k
Griffin Conine: 60/38
Kevin Smith: 92/71
Riley Adams: 84/68
Cullen Large: 72/68
Logan Warmoth: 66/60
Chavez Young: 75/70
Ryan Noda: 91/75
Hagen Danner: 76/64
Brock Lundquist: 74/70
Jake Brodt: 101/72
I’ll stop now because I’m getting into the marginal guys now. Of the top 50 on my list, 27 are …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Let’s be frank: The Leafs wasted this season

Honestly, I don’t know where to start with this one, so let’s skip the boring intro and get right to it. This season was a waste, no doubt about it.
This season began, and ended, on July 1st. We signed John Tavares, and then that’s it. We might as well had done nothing this year, because just about everything that happened after that doesn’t matter now.
Mitch Marner had a 90 point season? That’s cool! Tavares almost scored 50 in his debut season as a Leaf? Nice! Matthews hit 70 for the first time in his career? Neato! Rielly had a Norris calibre season? That’s dope! We had three different series leads during the series against the Bruins and pushed them to the brink? Awesome!
But guess what. It doesn’t matter.
Because in the end, we ended up in the exact same place as last season: losing game 7 to the Bruins. And the Leafs only have themselves to blame.
Flash back to Game 1 of the season against Montreal. I remember watching that game, and scrolling through Twitter, and there was one thing everyone was complaining about.
The Leafs were making too many stretch passes. Every time …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation