Jake Gardiner D TOR 3 days ago

Gardiner skated with newcomer Scott Harrington and not Morgan Rielly during Wednesday's home opener against Montreal.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 4 days ago

Gardiner will start the season paired with Morgan Rielly, reports Toronto's Sportsnet 590 The FAN.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 1 month ago

Gardiner says he's "ready to step up and be one of the leaders on the team now," according to the Toronto Sun. "It should be a good year," said the defender, who trained this summer in Nova Scotia with Andy O'Brien, trainer of Sidney Crosby and John Tavares, and then in Minnesota.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 7 months ago

Gardiner provided the team's lone goal in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Wild.

Gardiner needed over three months between goals two and three on the season, but he's now found the back of the net twice in the last three games to bring his season tally up to four. The defenseman has actually been producing at an impressive rate in March, tallying seven points in 11 games, but a minus-21 rating is likely enough to scare away most potential fantasy owners.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 7 months ago

Gardiner scored the Leafs' only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Sharks on Thursday night.

It was his first goal since Dec. 6 and only his third goal of the season (he had 10 last year). He does have six point (one goal, five assists) in his last nine games, so perhaps there are some offensive signs of life. But his game hasn't developed the way his fantasy owners have felt it should.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 7 months ago

Gardiner registered two assists in Friday's loss to the Flames.

It's been largely a forgettable season for Gardiner, but he's begun to come on strong under interim coach Peter Horachek. He's tallied four assists in his last three four games, while seeing over 23 minutes of ice time on each occasion. The minus-22 rating will likely remain an issue the rest of the season, but he may be able to offset it to a degree if he continues to provide point with regularity.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 7 months ago

Gardiner assisted on the Leafs' lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Blues.

Gardiner saw a team-high 23:44 of ice time in the loss, a surprising development for a player who has disappointed the Leafs with his play this season. While Gardiner has shown that he's capable in the past of providing offense in droves, he's only mustered three points over his last 12 games and is sitting on a minus-23 rating for the season. It probably makes sense to steer clear of using him in mid-sized or shallower formats.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 8 months ago

Gardiner set up two goals, including one on the power play, in Saturday's 5-1 win over Edmonton.

He now has three helpers (two on the PP) in his last two games. He has just 14 points in 51 games this season and his minus-20 is horrific. Yet those who follow advanced stats will tell you he's one of the Leafs' best. Advanced stats may be catching on in the NHL, but they're not used much in fantasy. So his value continues to be mediocre at best.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 9 months ago

Gardiner picked up two assists in Toronto's 4-3 loss to Ottawa on Wednesday night. They were his first points in 12 games.

How does a guy with that much talent go through such a slump? Well, he just doesn't think the game well. But that's OK if he can still put up points. He's a risk right now, but is the kind of guy who can turn it up at any time.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 9 months ago1 Comment

Gardiner, who was frequently in former coach Randy Carlyle's dog house, played his first game after Carlyle's firing and finished minus-4.

So much for making a positive impression -- he was out of position and there were too many risky plays. He has talent, but we've always been concerned about his ability to think the game. The next couple weeks will be important for him to change the minds of Leafs' brass.