Toronto Maple Leafs Season Preview:
After a big finish over the final 10 games of the regular season saw the Leafs jump up from 8th place to 4th place, the team’s postseason hopes were dashed in a loss on home ice in Game 7 of the 1st round. When the dust settled and the disappointment subsided (somewhat) the new management team began their roster assessment and embarked on a flurry of trades to gear up for a deeper run in the playoffs this season. Gone are promising prospects Ryan Spooner, Olli Maatta and Rasmus Ristolainen, along with Matt Duchene. Newly acquired are 4th overall pick Jonathan Drouin and veterans James Van Riemsdyk, Scott Hartnell, Eric Fehr and Rob Scuderi. Here’s how the roster looks to take shape:
3- St. Louis-Little-Gallagher
Depth- Parenteau, Korpikoski, Garbutt
All of the top 9 forwards are 20+ goal scorers, and Kane and Fehr were on pace to cross that threshold.
The top 6 all are 4 or 5 rated defensively, but there will be a lot of mixing and matching to cover the GP.
G- Mason, Varlamov
Mason will be the #1 with a .928 save pct, and Varlamov will start around 30 games with his .921.
We surrendered a lot of promising players, but feel that we have geared up for a big run this season. May need a mid-season deal to bolster the team but the Toronto faithful are hoping for big things this postseason.