How things have changed…

As we approach the end of the 2011-12 NHL regular season there will be a lot of analysis and looking back at the past seasons for the Leafs and then looking forward to the off season and beyond but before I get into that, I wanted to reflect how Leaf fans were feeling just one short year ago. A good starting point for that reflection would be Michael Langlois’ “10 reasons why Leaf fans can feel either encouraged or discouraged” post.  Let’s take a look at some of the reasons for optimism Michael pointed out and how we might feel

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Lupul’s always been this good.

A lot has been made about Joffrey Lupul’s “career year” this year and some Leaf fans are even suggesting that now is the time to trade him while his value is at an all-time high.  While it is true that he is on pace for career high in goals and points I would like to suggest that this is not because he is having a ‘career year’ but that he is being given greater opportunity.  He has always been this good and there is no reason to expect that he cannot repeat this years performance next season. When I analyze

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Who Can the Leafs Beat?

I wanted to take a look at the Leafs record against various other types of teams so I took a variety of stats and looked at their records against the top 10 teams, the middle 10 teams and the bottom 10 teams in that stat.  Here is what I found. Top 10 Middle 10 Bottom 10 Top 10 Middle 10 Bottom 10 GAA 5-9-2 11-10-4 13-9-1 61.5 85.3 96.3 GFA 5-14-1 13-6-4 11-8-2 45.1 107.0 93.7 GFA/GAA 6-11-2 7-11-4 16-6-1 60.4 67.1 117.7 SOG/Game 6-13-2 11-10-3 12-5-2 54.7 85.4 125.2 SOG Ag/Game 10-6-4 10-10-0 9-12-2 98.4 82.0 71.3 SOG/SOGAg 5-8-5

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