The Leafs don’t appear to be one of the teams in on Jake DeBrusk, but should they be?

I’ve gone into this before. I want to believe the Leafs can fix anyone. Bring me all the reclamation projects, especially one with the speed and agitating play of Jake DeBrusk.
Of course we all remember DeBrusk as the reason that the Leafs don’t have Nazem Kadri anymore. Between DeBrusk’s knee on Kadri, followed up with his boarding of Marleau leading to Kadri’s retaliatory crosscheck, Jake DeBrusk likely established himself as a player permanently hated by a number of Leafs fans. On the other side of the coin, he got the job done and removed an impact player from a close series.
Interestingly enough, the series that made DeBrusk an enemy of Toronto was also around the time that his game began to slip.
Season
GP
TOI
TOI/GP
Goals/60
First Assists/60
Total Points/60
S%
CF/60
CA/60
CF%
GF%
xG%
PDO
OZ Faceoff %
20172018
70
855.53
12.22
0.98
0.63
2.38
11.57
62.14
51.90
54.49
61.73
53.75
1.03
70.07
20182019
68
861.12
12.66
1.18
0.42
1.81
14.53
58.95
46.47
55.92
59.38
55.32
1.01
63.45
20192020
65
835.38
12.85
0.86
0.43
1.65
9.16
54.51
52.29
51.04
53.57
52.27
1.01
61.76
20202021
41
500.73
12.21
0.36
0.48
1.32
4.23
57.40
56.32
50.47
53.33
52.97
1.00
59.23
20212022
18
211.48
11.75
0.57
0.28
1.42
9.09
51.64
51.07
50.28
42.86
52.62
0.98
43.59
DeBrusk as been on a steady downward trajectory from his rookie season, that likely puts him in a situation where those early results aren’t going to be an expectation of him. His shooting percentage isn’t likely to return to the teens, but if his goal totals do, that’s probably all …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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