Alex Regives vs. Kristian Rubins

Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. In addition to the game activities, there are some interesting stories in the recent competitions that the Maple Leafs have entered.

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Specifically, the past three matches have been a challenge for two potential Maple Leafs – AlexLESves and Kristians Rubins. In this post, we want to evaluate their small piece of work to suggest how these Maple Leafs prospects performed in their audition with the big club.

Alexamonds background with maple leaves

In March 2021, 21 years old AlexLESves signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Maple Leafs. He is an NCAA player who hasn’t improved with Notre Dame Fighting Ireland, and in his junior season with the team scored 15 goals and 17 assists (for 32 points) in 29 games. That puts him at 9th in the NCAA rankings. He is one of the university’s top freelance agents and the organization is delighted that he chose to sign in Toronto.

On December 7, after playing 12 AHL games against the Toronto Marlies, where he scored seven goals and five assists (for 12 points), Dietves are called Maple Leafs as an alternative to trauma. During his time with the team, he played a few minutes in the fourth line of the team.

Kristians Rubins background with maple leaves

In April 2020, Kristian Rubins signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Maple Leafs. He played 47 games with the Marlies during the 2019-20 season, scoring two goals and 14 points. Like the amondsves, the Rubins have not been drafted. However, he signed an ECHL contract with the organization in August 2018.

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Interesting, Rubins has been named to Team Latvia’s roster for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Although Rubins has played sublime between the Marlies and the Maple Leafs this season, he was called up to the match against the amonds on December 7. made his NHL debut.

Cyclsves and Rubins’ match review against Maple Leafs

For the most part, both players have played well enough during their three auditions so far with the team. They made rookie mistakes, but then veterans made mistakes too. They also played in three games where the whole team could have played much better.

Rubins has size and length, and he made a few plays where he used that size and length to his advantage. Yetves is a gifted attacking player who is playing in a deep back position. He will likely have more success playing with the more talented attacking players of the team’s top six, but he is also just beginning to earn his title.

Growlers ➡️ Marlies ➡️ Maple Leafs It’s been a journey. Congratulations on launching the NHL, Kristiāns Rubīns 👏 #ForeverStartsHere

Last night was Rubins’ 24th birthday, and he didn’t celebrate it with his best match. During the match, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe cut Rubins’ minutes as the game continued. After the game, Keefe noted that he reduced Rubins’ kick time because he thought “there were a number of things that happened after Rubins tonight that mattered.”

Keefe also noted that later in the game, he was “trying to give a young man a break in that sense and lean on more experienced players in that situation.”

Rubins makes no mistake because of two negative problems on ice

However, for us, Rubins is not entirely at fault for two negative things that happened to him. First, about the intervention penalty he took against the Blackhawks’ Ryan Carpenter, Carpenter just chipped his laceration. Intervention will be called when a player is prevented from playing the ball. However, that game shouldn’t have been a penalty because Rubins engaged Carpenter for a split second after Carpenter played the puck.

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[As a note, obviously, after that call the referee made a makeup call on Riley Stillman, calling him for interference on Kyle Clifford. Stillman was complaining to the referee on his way to the box. We wonder if the conversation went like this: Stillman: “That wasn’t a penalty.” Referee: “Neither was the last one I called.”]

Second, regarding Dominik Kubalik’s goal, after the game, Keefe appeared to blame Rubins for his defeat by Kurashev. However, even though Philipp Kurashev got on the ball first, Rubins got his place inside. Justin Holl made the bigger mistake of leaving his post and his men to come support Rubins. That move left Kubalik open and completely alone.

Analyze what statistics show about controls and Rubins

Nice to see that happen in the game last night. Looking at both players’ advanced stats after three games played, here’s how the analysis plays out.

Statistical Kristians Rubins AlexLESves
Attempts to shoot 53.6% 47.2%
Actual photo 57.1% 45.0%
Score changes 53.3% 47.1%
High chance of danger 50.0% 50.0%
Realistic goals 25.0% 33.3%
Expected goal 58.6% 34.1%
overall 49.6% 42.8%

When it comes to analyzing what the numbers say, the only statistic where Rubins is a negative is the Actual Goal (at 25%). He was on the ice scoring one goal and three goals against. Looking at his expected goals, according to naturalstattrick, he should have one more than (1.25) and just one less than (0.88). Those are solid numbers for Rubins.

In terms of analysis, Regives also does not appreciate. He is a negative in everything except High Danger Chance, where he breaks even at 50%.

Overall, Rubins is slightly negative at 49.6%; However, 25% of his actual goals actually drag his statistical average down. If the actual goalscoring statistics were removed from the equation, his overall efficiency would increase to 54.5%.

On the other hand, Regives is a negative overall, with or without his actual goals. In fact, his actual goals (33.3%) statistic quite match his expected goals (34.1%).

What Do The Numbers Tell Us About The Two Grades Of Outlook?

For three games, the breakdown of two leads was below average. However, considering the three matches Regives and Rubins have played, that’s not surprising. Those three matches became obstacles for the whole team. Mistake after mistake, and only chance luck last night lifted the team to two wins in those three games.

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Considering that both of these young prospects are underdrafts, they’ve played well so far in their first auditions. Regives played good hockey for a player who just graduated from college, and he had a pretty good game last night. He has a lot of potential, but he clearly needs more development time with Marlies.

The same may be true of Rubins. However, when categorizing both players, it seems that Rubins is more ready for NHL rush hour hockey than Yetves.

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It’s likely that both Dietves and Rubins would benefit from more time with the Marlies, but both also seem like they have downsides that will benefit the team somewhere.

[Note: I want to thank long-time Maple Leafs’ fan Stan Smith for collaborating with me on this post. Stan’s Facebook profile can be found here.] Alex Regives vs. Kristian Rubins

Subhankar Mondal

Subhankar Mondal is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Subhankar Mondal joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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