Ramblings: Updates on Walman and Liljegren; Slow Starts for Gaudreau, Connor, Seider, and More – November 3

Michael Clifford


Toronto's blue line has struggled at times this year. Justin Holl's on-ice expected goals against rate at 5-on-5, for example, is bordering near 3.0 per 60 minutes. His pairing with Rasmus Sandin did not go well, and neither did the pairing with the now-injured Jake Muzzin.

There is some help coming, though:

It was a breakout season, of sorts, for Timothy Liljegren a year ago. He was second, behind Morgan Rielly, in points per minute from the blue line. What's more is that per Evolving Hockey, he led their blue line in expected goals impact, and was second in actual goals-for impact, behind Rielly again. With Liljegren on the ice with them, Toronto's top line generated a whopping 73% more expected goals last season and 85% more actual goals, on a per-minute