I took a few weeks off of the mailbag. Blame it on the distraction, the walking, and the prospect series. Actually, only do that if you don’t like holding me accountable; I still over-promised and under delivered.
As such, here’s an attempt to catching up to some still topical questions that were given to me the last few times that I requested them:
Based in UK Jeff, any suggestions as to how I can watch Leaf games now that Hockeystreams and another site I've used are closed down ?
— Slim Jim (@JimBaxter31) September 18, 2017
Honestly, your best bet might just be to stick to the legal route and go with GameCentre. There are subreddits and deep searches on Twitter that can get you towards a stream from time to time, but as someone who was trying to perk up their input stream speeds all year, the quality in the not-so-legal sphere has fallen significantly post-HockeyStreams (which, in blunt honesty, was so good that it would’ve been preferable to the real deal at full price).
To my understanding, UK GameCentre has a small handful of games that are blacked out due to a National Broadcast contract, but it’s the safest bet overall.
If you take away the Leafs first line, where do they finish in the standings?
— Javid (@highandwidemiss) September 24, 2017
I suppose this depends on what you feel is the first line, but whether you’re treating it as the shutdown line (Marleau-Kadri-Komarov), or the big-name line (Hyman-Matthews-Nylander), you’re pretty clearly going to lose a bunch of standings points. Most likely, enough to drop out of the playoff picture, even if you bring in the three best kids available to take their place.
What is your preferred third pairing on Leafs D?
— Liquid Cat Society (@Blaynecicle) September 24, 2017
Without acquiring from the outside, I think Toronto made the correct decision to start the season with Andreas Borgman and Connor Carrick. Both are mobile, Carrick is a quick thinker, Borgman a strong passer and neither is shy to get physical. We’ll have to see if someone else wins that left-side job back, but as it stands, I’m satisfied.
I think this is really hard to put a true sticker on. Toronto obviously values Leivo plenty enough if they refuse to roll the dice with moving or waiving him, and I’m sure teams are curious about his 60+ point pace in his limited time last year.
What do you see as Willie Nylander's ceiling in the NHL? Maybe a comparable from the last ten years for him to aspire to become like?
— Nathan (@natevk) October 3, 2017
I think he’s a bonafide superstar player. Not on the same tier as Auston Matthews, but he’s already one of the best in the world at carrying the puck and he seems to be getting more and more comfortable as time passes. His career so far has been about chasing history for his age pocket, so it doesn’t feel like a risk to believe he’s capable of great things.
As far as a player comparable, it’s tough to say. He’s got moments of flashiness that remind you of a player like Alex Kovalev, but sometimes something clicks in the other zone that makes you wonder if he’s a bit closer to a Patrik Elias type. I’m okay with just letting him be William Nylander, and if he ends up with a body of work comparable or better than those guys, that’d be swell.
Are waiver wire pickups becoming similar to signing RFA's to offer sheets for GM's, where they don't take a prospect for "good karma"?
— Aidan Northcott (@AidanNorthcott) October 3, 2017
I don’t think so. Most of the intriguing players tend to come in a sudden wave just before the season, and it’s hard to take a player that’s on the bubble, give him an introduction to your system, hope he works out, and scrap somebody you already have to make room for that risk.
You also don’t want to get shrouded by a bias of reptuation when a player finds his way to the wire. Often, if you’re still stagnating at the age where waivers comes into play, your odds of success are a bit lower than they were when you had pedigree on draft day.
That’s not to say that teams couldn’t benefit from some good waiver claims, but I don’t think this is the same as the offer sheet quid-pro-quo. It’s just hard to determine whether you want to commit to a player, on your main roster, with a plan in place to get them to where they need to be, all with 24 hours notice.
Auston Matthews needs a catchy nickname. Please provide suggestions
— Matt Lambert (@bigmatt93) October 2, 2017
He was Papi, is Papi, and will always be Papi. End of discussion.---
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