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What\’s Different With the Toronto Maple Leafs This Year?

By Liam Kindred If there\’s one thing to know about being a Maple Leafs fan, it\’s to never get your hopes up about a regular season. Over the last few years, fans have seen the iconic franchise break their franchise records for regular-season wins and points yet continuously come up short in the opening round …

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What’s Different With the Toronto Maple Leafs This Year?

By Liam Kindred If there’s one thing to know about being a Maple Leafs fan, it’s to never get your hopes up about a regular season. Over the last few years, fans have seen the iconic franchise break their franchise records for regular-season wins and points yet continuously come up short in the opening round …

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Fixing the Toronto Maple Leafs

After another disastrous postseason effort from the Leafs, we take a look at some of the moves GM Kyle Dubas should be looking at in a summer with all eyes on him. Known as an GM who takes pride in analytics, we try to match Dubas and the Leafs with difference-makers for the 2021-22 season.

Breaking down the top rookies of the 2020-21 NHL season — Part Two

The 2020-21 NHL season has posed various challenges for its players, few of which impact anyone more than members of this year\’s rookie crop. In this QSAO series, we look at this year’s crop of the NHL rookie race — who’s excelling, who’s not, and who’s surprised us so far this season. In the series’ piece, we’ll look at some of the NHL’s freshmen from North and West Divisions.

Breaking down the top rookies of the 2020-21 NHL season — Part One

The 2020-21 NHL season has posed various challenges for its players, few of which impact anyone more than members of this year\’s rookie crop. In this QSAO series, we look at this year’s crop of the NHL rookie race — who’s excelling, who’s not, and who’s surprised us so far this season. In this first piece, we’ll look at some of the NHL’s freshmen from Central and East Divisions.

QSAO’s Insights around the NHL: Offseason Edition – How two of the NHL\’s busiest franchises look ahead of the 2020-21 Season

As we progress further into the offseason, the NHL landscape begins to settle. With so much uncertainty regarding various aspects of the game we once knew so well, teams need contingency plans to avoid taking a step back next season. Teams like the New York Islanders & Tampa Bay Lightning are already looking at cap overages with outstanding RFA contracts to sign, while franchises like the Colorado Avalanche boast an exemplary cap structure, allowing them to not only keep their contending roster intact but also add a few more high-value pieces to their lineup. In the second instalment of QSAO’s Insights Around the NHL: Offseason Edition, Constantine Maragos breaks down why the Colorado Avalanche are this offseason’s big winners and how the New Jersey Devils can best utilize their roster space.

The Call to the Hall: Determining which NHL defensemen are likely to make the Hockey Hall of Fame

When it comes to the Hockey Hall of Fame, there are many factors that go into each selection every year. For defensemen, there are many tangible and intangible aspects of a player’s career that are meticulously assessed to determine their eligibility for the Hall of Fame. Building upon his model for forwards, QSAO Analyst Owen Holland has built a model to measure which NHL defensemen would make the Hall of Fame if they were to retire today. Using statistics and a logistic regression model, he has attempted to calculate each current NHL defensemen’s probability of receiving one of hockey’s greatest achievements; an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

QSAO’s Insights around the NHL: Offseason Edition – How the Montreal Canadiens & Vancouver Canucks have fared thus far

If there is one thing we learned this year, it’s that things can change on a dime. Through the NHL Draft and Free Agency, we have seen rebuilds kickstarted, rosters reimagined, and of course, the ever-lasting goaltender carousel continues. With so many question marks heading into the season, NHL front offices have (mostly) done their best to prepare their teams for the upcoming 2021 NHL season, whenever that may be. With this much movement, we are looking at an all-new NHL. So, after a short break, QSAO’s Insights Around the NHL has returned for an offseason redux. In the first of two offseason editions, we look at how the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks’ busy offseasons have gone so far.

Introducing your 2020 Stanley Cup Champions: How the Tampa Bay Lightning’s elite roster construction won them their elusive second Stanley Cup

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s road to the Stanley Cup has been anything but easy. Whether it was a slew of injuries to key players or becoming victim of one of the biggest upsets in NHL history (after a record-tying season), there was always something in the way of their success, but when you build a team this good it warrants criticism. But now, they have quieted their doubters and are your 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Champions. In this article, Constantine Maragos looks at how the Tampa Bay Lightning’s championship-calibre roster won them their elusive second Stanley Cup.