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11 Games: Before and After Phaneuf

Jonas Gustavsson played in 42 Games for the Leafs in 2009-2010. More importantly, he played 11 of those games after the arrival of Dion Phaneuf and Fredrik Sjostrom.

As Gustavsson is the main constant between the Leafs pre and post-Phaneuf, I wondered if Leaf fans could observe anything of note by comparing stats from the games Gustavsson played in before and after the January 31st makeover of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Now, I'll be the first to admit that this is a ridiculously small sample size and it would be folly to draw any conclusions from it. I'm not posting this as any type of statistically valid study, nor am I suggesting that these numbers can be extrapolated into something larger. I'm simply collecting the math and posting it here to further the discussion on whether the Leafs' so-called turnaround might have been the result of new players arriving or if it had more to do with the departure of Vesa Toskala and his sub-par play.

The following table should be self-explanatory.

The middle column lists the Leafs' stats in games that Gustavsson played prior to the acquisition of Phaneuf and Sjostrom; the column on the right has the stats for games that Gustavsson played post-Phaneuf and Sjostrom.

 

Pre-January 31 (31 games)

Post January 31 (11 games)

SV%

.870

.911

Avg. shots-against per game

26.74

28.36

GAA

2.61

2.55

PK

74.3%

85.6%

PP

13.8%

17.0%

Times Short-handed/ game

3.26

3.45

PP opportunities/game

3.8

3.8

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