That dude updated his visualization to include zone denials (how well a guy defends the blue line) for defenders. On the Leafs Hainsey tops the blue line in breakups/60 but seems to allow a high share of entries to be with control. This seems to indicate that teams target his side more frequently than Rielly’s and that it seems to pay off for them. Zaitsev is very poor along all three measures of zone denials. Jake is hovering around average in all three, tending just above. Rielly is slightly better than Jake, much better at forcing dump ins against which is even more impressive considering the quality of competition he faces. Borgman is really doing well, of course in soft minutes. That pretty much all checks out given what we talk about in GDTs.
On to some trade targets.
Tanev is a monster at forcing dump ins but doesn’t seem to break play up at the blue line, could be that teams target his partners for entry similar to Hainsey with Rielly. He has good shot assist numbers but not shot numbers and currently carries the puck into the offensive zone well but out of the zone more than he should. Would look great paired with Rielly.
Barrie is about as good as Jake, maybe a like better, at defending the blue line and forcing dump ins. I don’t think I need to talk about how good he is offensively. I agree with you fellas that he could look good with Dermott, I also think if we want to break Dermott in he would look good with Hainsey. Would be expensive..
Johnson isn’t good here but is good at transitioning the puck, so more of what we already have. I’m not high on this option.
Damon Severson is great at defending the blueline, not great at exiting with control but is great at entering the offensive zone and okay at creating offence once there. I like this option a lot. Seems to be on the outs with NJ, would look great paired with Gardiner, on second pair.
Gudas is okay at defending the blueline, would be the fourth best Leaf at it, but isn’t great in transition an generates offence through his own shots similar to Carrick. I’d like this move depending on the price. Seems like a nice stop gap option and what Babs thinks Polak is.
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