Leafs Current Roster

Let’s look at the Leafs current roster, and its weak points and strong points.

Offence:

Scoring goals shouldn’t be a problem for the Leafs. They were top ten in goals for last year, even with all those key injuries. If everyone stays healthy, as well as the addition of Blake, it will be much of the same. Of course, Blake will certainly not repeat what he did last year, but will most likely post around 30 goals. As for Bell, he will provide grit and the odd goal in a second/third-line role. They have a lot of depth, and it could come in handy if injuries play a part again.

 

Defense:

Again, much of the same here. Other than the top four guys (barring any trades), there are only a few spots open for so many young players. I’m predicting, as it stands right now, for Colaiacovo and either White or Kronwall to fill the last two spots. The seventh spot is up for grabs. However, none of this is set in stone as the Leafs will have to make a trade, because they simply have too many defensemen under contract. They aren’t the best defensively (although a bit better then they get credit for), but they make up for it at the other end of the ice. They have speed for the most part, but just seem to rush it too much in their own end.

 

Goaltending:

With a one-two punch of Raycroft/Toskala, they are looking pretty solid in that department. Raycroft isn’t that bad, he just played too many games last year. Toskala is a proven back-up, but maybe not a bona-fide starter quite yet. With the two together, they will push each other constantly, as both could play in the number 1 spot. Look for an improvement here nonetheless.

 

Special Teams:

I’m a little nervous about the penalty killing as it stands right now. They have some young guys, along with Sundin and Blake, who can help as well. Although, I don’t think you should burn out your best players on something they aren’t supposed to be doing. Why do you think Mats didn’t score at all in the last month of last season? It was simply because he was doing too much penalty kill because no one else could handle it. They need to fix this problem somehow, or they will be sitting around 25th again in that department. I personally don’t know how to fix it. They should work on it a little more, because they have no room to bring anyone else in.

Need I say anything for the powerplay? They have plenty of options for first and second unit, on defense and offence. The only thing I could suggest is not rely so much on three specific plays, because believe it or not, teams do adapt. They need to include more options to make them difficult to defend. Look for them to be top 5 without question.

 

Overall, they have improved in some areas, but some weaknesses from last season are still evident. What do you think has most improved, or what has to be improved to succeed?


11 Responses to Leafs Current Roster

  1. PaulK123 says:

     I have a question. Can we stop with the useless "Assessing The Leafs Roster" or "What The Leafs Should Do" articles. Lets just stick to reporting news and trade speculation. btw im a leafs fan so im fed up with half of the articles on htr being about the leafs.

  2. gronk says:

    i think the most improved part of toronto is depth in general. picking up blake will help with top line scoring and bell will help a lot on the lower lines.  even if they end up being injury prone they can still stay in the swing of things.  toskala was also a great pick up.  that boosts the goaltending a lot, well enough at least.  penalty killing, like you said is where they really need to improve i think.  they need a guy that can cover the ice and get physical against teams top talent.  colby armstrong is on the trading block….

  3. TheStryker says:

    I think Kubina just farted…

    Expect a post

  4. TheStryker says:

    Malkin, Armstrong, Staal
    To Toronto
    for
    Potvin, Clark, Berezin

    Who are you Bob Mckenzie

  5. Glucker says:

    berg had a bowel movement… call the press:P

    seriously though i just submitted a 'what the leafs should do' post… SORRY XD
  6. mapleleaf92 says:

    I'm totally there with ya when you say the special teams is a concern. Signing peca should take care of any problems in the penalty kill, so Mats can go out there on the powerplay

  7. RealisticNick says:

    That was off topic and not called for, it was delicious and I throughly enjoyed it.

  8. jarcpitre says:

    This site is turning into a Leafs site, I love it, could read about em all day. I totally agree with your assessment. We have improved alot in Goal, overall grit and goal scoring to take pressure off of Mats, look for him to have a solid year. As for the PK, most of the guys are right, we need to sign Peca. We would have Peca, Tucker, Wellwood and Blake for PK up front, this backs off Defence and they won't pitch in as much because of the speed. I would pair them as Tucker/Peca and Wellwood/Blake. I believe the D this year will only get better, you have a goalie that can now make keys saves and actually steal a game. GO LEAFS GO!!!!

  9. leafmeister says:

    If Peca signs PK will not be a problem, the power-play will be awesome because we have 2 quarterbacks and two triggermen. I would put Kubina on the 1st PP because that would break up the other teams PK between stopping Kaberle or blocking McCabes shot.

    Our offence is good but could be getting considerably better if Eklund is right on this one. If we got either one of Svatos or Hejduk imagine that.

    PP
    Blake-Sundin-Antropov-Kaberle-Kubina
    Tucker-Wellwood-Hejduk-Colaiacovo-McCabe

    Pk
    Blake-Peca-Gill-Kaberle
    Sundin-Steen-Kubina-Colaiacovo

  10. mojo19 says:

    I don’t know if I agree with Wellwood and Tucker on the PK. If we had Peca back I’d use him on the PK, along with Blake, Sundin, Antropov, Poni, Steen, and Stajan as my penalty killing forwards.

  11. the_next_agent says:

    the leafs need to trade raycroft for few draft picks and try and trade Kubina and pohl for brandon witt and a few draft picks this would solidify our PK with this extra cap room ( which is around 5 million) we could resign Peca to a one year two million dollar contract and sign Cujo to a one year one million dollar contract the Leafs would be an easy fit at the 5th spot or possibly better seeing as the Sabers are gonna *****in suck without briere and drury. Our lineup will look something like this

    Blake Anropov Tucker Bell
    Sundin Wellwood Peca Stajan
    Steen Ponikarovsky Kilger Battaglia
    Kaberla McCabe Gill
    Witt Colaiacovo White Toskala
    Joseph
    Clemmenson
    Pogge

    we would have an amazing PK with …Peca, Bell,Witt and Gill as our first unit….we have balanced scoring on every line with each forward very capable of scoring 20+ goals…we have toughness, forchecking a scoring

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