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We are strong on the wing...Booth adds to that especially if healthy...our issue is center depth....that will be the issue all year unless someone like Kontiola comes out of no where.
2 hours, 32 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
One can hope.
9 hours, 20 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
For sure....a lot more legit NHL depth. Winnik, Booth, Frattin, Komarov, and Santorelli give us depth and balance. A lot more force there in that group.
Our goal tending is very good, we are strong on the wings, the D has a chance, at C we have Bozak and Kadri, but after that just a little shy.
9 hours, 26 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
If last year didn't kill us...
9 hours, 30 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
First day of August and the whole gang is here...losers!
9 hours, 32 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
Subban is going to make them pay!
9 hours, 34 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
@ingy56 @Tim Horton
9 hours, 36 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
@Greg Fenton @MaxwellHowe @hoolihan
Montreal is gambling a little here but what they are trying to do is only have to give Subban one big contract. If you sign him long term too early you end up having to give two long term deals. See exhibit A and B (A-Toews, B- Kane)
9 hours, 40 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
Mornin guys, I hope we are ok at C, seems to be the one area that makes me nervous about the season, that and the coaching/management issues.
9 hours, 43 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
Winnik is probably better overall than Santorelli but not well suited for C role...not good on faceoffs. Santorelli is slightly under 50% on draws but is not the kind of C we need....not enough size or defensive ability. Holland may work out but who knows. Same for Kontiola, but in some ways I think he may be the best suited for what we need this year.
10 hours, 57 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
I think the X factor for the Leafs may be Kontiola. I mean he could be a complete flop too. But he has excelled in international tournaments so it would indicate he can play at this level. He is a true C that can win face-offs at a decent 55% clip in KHL. Not sure how that translates to the NHL.
We really need depth at C. Guys who can play the position right in both ends of the ice, guys who can win face-offs. A look at what we have and Kontiola may the best after Bozak and Kadri.
I am not saying that I think the guy is going to put up 50 points or anything, but if he can put up 40 and play solid in both ends of the ice, that could be the tipping point in our favour.
For me he is probably the guy who I want to see the most in camp. Curious to see what he can bring. Not sure we have anyone else. on the positive...whoever fits into the 3C role...they should have good wingers to work with.
11 hours, 29 minutes ago on Friday Mashup: We’re Gonna Need a Montage
Hopefully LAA wins in the 19th
21 hours, 20 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
21 hours, 23 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
Pretty good considering our team hasn't exactly been a bundle of joy.
22 hours, 24 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
I would like to see his thoughts on Petri Kontiola. Given our need for depth down the middle I wonder if he might surprise some of us. He is a true center, and has put up real FO% in the KHL. He also has reasonable size for the position 6-0" 200 lbs. I wonder if there are any advanced stats available for the KHL?
22 hours, 33 minutes ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
Well I am a little surprised it says "fast". Perhaps it is the reluctance to compete that I am picking up on. He seemed slow to me at times but maybe it was lack of effort. I don't find these scouting reports to always be accurate. Hopefully this one is not because I wouldn't call it a glowing report.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
@NiagaraFallsThunder @B_Leaf @Burtonboy @Jeff_Mintz
Actually Barb has already helped him some.
@Burtonboy @B_Leaf @Jeff_Mintz
He is slow.
1 day, 4 hours ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
Lacks speed for NHL
@CanuckUKinToronto @Pent_House @B_Leaf
Carrick at 21 is way ahead of John Mitchel at 21.
In a few years if some of our players develop the way we hope...our middle could look something like:
Kadri, Bozak, Gauthier, Carrick, with some flexibility/depth being available in Nylander who might move between C and RW. That group would give us a nice balance of size, speed, skill, and two way play.
Problem is that could take a few years to mature.
That would really help.
The good ones are. I would rather Bozak than Spezza
@GreekGod @Mcost61 @BlueSmoke
I think better linemates will also help Kadri with consistency.
The problem right now is when Bozak and Kadri are not on the ice. When we had Grabovski and McClement to throw out with them it was a better team. We almost knocked of Boston who is very strong up the middle.
Bozak is OK in that way. The problem I have right now is our depth this year and next year.
It would be great if Nylander could grow into a center who could play on one of our top two lines.
Perfect fourth line type guy who can play 10 minutes a night.
I really like that guy
@CanuckUKinToronto @The_Polish_Cannon @B_Leaf
You were even more emphatic that last years team was not a lottery team.
Good points. I too like Bozak and also Kadri. My feeling isn't that we need a number one C, but rather much better quality in the 3 spot and even the four spot. I hope Holland works out, but I really dont see it yet.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
The Leafs are quite week at center going into the year...only Bozak and Kadri are legit NHL centers. I do think Kadri will take a step forward due to maturity and especially due to the fact that he should have good wingers all year. Bozak is a solid player and under rated...if he is healthy he will be fine. After that there is a major fall off. So much so that I think it will be the difference between making the playoffs and not. I know we have Gauthier in the oven but he is still a question mark. Carrick, Verhauge, Toninato all have potential to fill various roles but none are a sure bet by any means. That brings us to Nylander. It seems to me we need to see if he can develop him as a C, but I know there are concerns about his defence, and that is very important in a center.
I guess what I am trying to say is...What is the plan with this team to improve at what is the most important position outside goaltending on the ice? Is this team a lottery team? Are we looking to draft a big number one C in the 2015 draft and then develop him to be ready by 2016-17.
Do we expect a player to become available via free agency like Tavares? That seems to be the plan as far as I can see, but that also seems pretty risky.
Any other thoughts?
Sorry Cam...not that good...Jordan Staal is way over rated
1 day, 6 hours ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
The best we can do but we are way to weak down the middle...no playoffs.
Two well informed comments...slow clap and head nod
2 days, 4 hours ago on Jake Gardiner talks contract with Greg Brady
The elephant in the room is our depth down the middle.
2 days, 8 hours ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million
Loov has some bite to his game...Management seem pretty keen on him.
@Mind Bomb @B_Leaf
Yeah I sort of get that feeling too
2 days, 9 hours ago on Jake Gardiner Signs for 5 years, $20.25 million
I think the Leafs D is very much a work in progress. Obviously they would like to build around Jake and Morgan. Their most effective years should start next year 2015-16. They have done a decent job filling in around them this year with Phaneuf, Robidas, Polak, Franson, and Granberg. It will be interesting to see which guys step up and play most effective to fill in the roster down the road. Granberg, Finn, Percy, Loov, MacWiliams, and Nilsson all have a shot to make it.
Gardiner has excellent technical skills. And he has a fantastic engine. So far his hockey IQ has been a little disappointing but there is still time for that to improve or for him to learn to work within his limitations. I am not sure Gardiner and Phaneuf make a good pairing but it might work.
@dlb Mad @Bruffins
Doughty is number one right now, Keith is still very strong.
@Mind Bomb @colino17 @LeafsGuru @Bruffins
OEL is right there. Trouba could be there in short order too.
@NiagaraFallsThunder @B_Leaf @Hifi75
3 days, 4 hours ago on Brendan Shanahan Addresses Depth, Not Core of Toronto Maple Leafs
OK in one year we went from hard team to play against who easily made playoffs...gave Boston a serious scare...to finishing 8th in the draft...had the season lasted another two weeks we would have been drafting top three...not only that but several assets have been burnt from that good team for nothing.
I didn't say number one center did I. I said a legit C who can play in the top three lines. After Bozak and Kadri the drop off is scary.
To answer your question...no one...but we could have kept Grabovski...but Nonis doesnt know what he is doing.
@Greg Fenton @B_Leaf
What if Bozak or Kadri go down for a month...we are so done
We could even use a decent third line C
Well hopefully, and maybe there is yet a move or two to be made.
I give them a 30% chance as is.
So where do you think this team finishes?
Decent article but no where near AP's best.
This team has not addressed bringing in a legit center who can play on the top three lines with Bozak and Kadri.
Furtherore Nonis is a place holder until a real GM is found....there are plenty of reasons to fire him...only reason he is still here is because they haven't found his replacement yet. He is a fall guy when we dont make playoffs this year.
Our team played like crap all year. The top line and Bernier were good for 65 games.
3 days, 10 hours ago on Toronto Maple Leafs sign Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal