Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe behind the bench
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Sheldon Keefe Makes Shocking Confession About Leafs Star Players

Published January 18, 2024 at 7:51

It is no secret that the Maple Leafs have been playing poor hockey by their standards this year. This has lead to head coach Sheldon Keefe making shocking statements about his players. See the latest one for yourself.

Keefe Calls Out Entire Leafs Roster, Including Core-Four

The veteran head coach admitted after their most recent loss to the Oilers that he does not know which players he can rely on in key moments. This is likely due to the fact that the team has consistently blown leads in games, especially as of late. Keefe has tried multiple strategies in terms of player usage, none of which seem to get the job done.

Sheldon Keefe: «After 42 games, I still have questions about who I can rely upon.»

"Halfway through the season, I still have a lot of questions about who is going to get the job done for us..."
#Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe admitted he's still trying to figure out who to deploy for key moments in games. ↩️

Leafs Core Players To Blame For Recent Struggles?

This is a damning thing for a coach to say about his team this late into the season. These comments are especially damning for the Leafs core players, who are supposed to be getting the lion's share of ice-time, especially late in games when they are trying to maintain their leads.

Notably, William Nylander has yet to record a point since he signed his eight-year extension with the team. He has only played four games since that historic moment for the Leafs, but the early returns are already a bit concerning considering the fact that he was on a career pace before signing the contract.

Also notable is that fact that all the Leafs top scorers are barely above zero in terms of plus minus. While it is a flawed stat, it does give a general idea that the Leafs top players have not been very sound defensively this season. Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner are a combined +16 despite being combined for 154 points. At this point, it seems as though the Leafs top players are not all that interested in playing to the best of their abilities.

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Sheldon Keefe Makes Shocking Confession About Leafs Star Players

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