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Anyone want to explain either Luke's face or while Alfresson is humping the boards to me?
Anyone want to explain either Luke's face or while Alfresson is humping the boards to me?

Let's get right to the heart of things shall we?

Defensive Development - Jonathan Willis

I wondered how long it took the average highly-touted defensive prospect to make the jump to being a top four defenceman, so I went back over the last 10 drafts to see. I looked at every defenceman taken in the top 10 spots in the draft, and counted the years it took for them to be playing top-four even-strength minutes for their hockey club.

..... (it) means that for teams looking to rebuild their blue-line, unless they luck out with a player like Drew Doughty, it will take between three or four years before their lottery selection is ready to make a real impact on their club.

So have some patience with Schenn and the rest of the Leafs' prospects.

Maple Leafs and Brian Burke have to little to show so far - James Mirtle

Introduced as the Maple Leafs GM on Nov. 29, 2008, Burke’s plan to rebuild on the fly can charitably be called a work in progress two years in. The Leafs have yet to make the playoffs, don’t have a first-round pick until 2012 and, after bottoming out in 29th place in the 30-team NHL a year ago with 74 points, are on pace for just 71 this season.

But with regards to Brian Burke, I think our patience is about up.

More links after the jump

Mikhail Stefanovich assigned to Dynamo Minsk of the KHL

Yeah, that sounds about right. Another highly skilled (Bela) Russian with an attitude problem who can't hack it.

How to approach a hockey statistician

Behind the Net has a step by step you must follow if you wish to escape unharmed.

Your depressing stat of the day

Jonas Gustavsson is a monster

Leafs got 99 problems but a goalie ain't one

LeafsHQ goes into those 99 problems. Owww.

How far are the Leafs from the playoffs

MLHS goes deep into the numbers to pull out a number. Far.

Record for most shutouts against in a season - 20

MLHS tells us the Leafs are on pace for 18; so we got that going for us, which is nice.

It was a rough weekend for Toronto sports

eyebleaf has a sad

Shot-blocking is a long standing tradition

VLM takes us in the way back machine to the time of Bill Gadsby and Allan Stanley

P.K. Subban is the biggest coward in the NHL today. No link, just a statement of my personal stance on the kid.

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