The Maple Leafs energy play has regarded a bit of higher underneath Sheldon Keefe, and now there’s extra modifications coming.
Whereas Mitch Marner remains to be just a few days away from rejoining the No. 1 unit, with Auston Matthews and William Nylander, Keefe has determined to capitalize on Tyson Barrie’s revival because the teaching change. He’ll now quarterback the highest group, flipping with Morgan Rielly. At Three-for-Eight underneath Keefe’s watch, the Leafs had bumped up from the underside third of the NHL rankings to 14th general at 19.5% earlier than Monday’s video games.
Barrie was naturally enthused in regards to the change, whereas Rielly stated he understood Keefe needs to see new blood and save himself for 5-on-5 or different duties.
“Our unit hasn’t exactly been scorching hot,” Rielly acknowledged. “I talked to Keefer this morning. Barrie’s outstanding on the power play and has a great shot and has been doing it a long time. I think it’s a good opportunity to change things up.”
As soon as settled, the brand new teams ought to have the aforementioned first quartet joined by John Tavares, whereas Rielly can have Jason Spezza, Zach Hyman, Nic Petan and Alex Kerfoot to work with.
Keefe stated he additionally wished to chip away at fixing the penalty kill with extra work on fundamentals, beginning proper from the faceoff, which he stated is commonly the beginning of issues for Toronto.