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Back to Excited Hockey Podcast: Episode 51 - Babcock’s Toys

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We talk about math, forward lines, and more

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Welcome back to another episode of Back to Excited. Today, we discuss:

  • The Leafs poor performance against Arizona [0:56]
  • William Nylander has been the Leafs best forward for about 2 weeks [4:38]
  • The impact of the weak competition they face on Nylander’s and Kadri’s success [7:02]
  • We talk about math, and the strengths and weaknesses of the models used to assess play driving, factoring in the context in which a skater plays [9:02]
  • How we feel about Mike Babcock’s toys (Hainsey/Zaitsev/Brown) [28:45]
  • Frustration among Leafs fans with Babcock [35:21]
  • The fear that the Leafs will end up in the same spot as last year (losing to Boston in Round 1) [37:00]
  • What SHOULD Babcock do differently [44:30]

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