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2012-13 Player Review: Joffrey Lupul

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Next up on the player review list is Joffrey Lupul.

It was a whirlwind season for the man who has rejuvenated his career in Toronto. Lupul signed a 5-year deal worth 26.25M, got hurt twice, suspended once, and still potted 18 points in only 16 games before notching four more points in seven playoff games.

I gave Lupul a 7, which was the second lowest ranking any of the writers here gave him (Mike gave him a six, if you were wondering). A seven to me means he had a “pretty good” season overall, relative to his role. Lupul’s expected to score and play in a top six role, which he obviously did when he was healthy. However, he played less than 50% of the games and whether you think the injuries were his fault or not, it’s a recurring theme with Lupul at this point.

In fairness, Lupul did do well to not allow his injuries to affect his play. Whenever he jumped back into the line-up he was clearly ready to go. In the grand scheme of things, though, I just can’t give a player a high rating based on 18 of 48 games.

Going into next season, the question with Lupul will be whether Carlyle plays him with Kessel again to create an all-out scoring line that is poor defensively, or whether Lupul is paired up with last season’s partner Nik Kulemin to help balance out his deficiencies defensively; perhaps playoff line mate Frattin will be reunited with Lupul again, too.

Regardless of what line Lupul does end up on, we know what he brings at this point: he’s a pure scorer who will get dirty in front of the opposition’s net, and he’s the emotional leader of the team.

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Anthony Petrielli has been writing Leafs Notebooks, also known as short stories, on MLHS since the beginning of the 2011 season. He'd rather let his work do the talking but Alec and Declan have been bugging him about writing a bio, so here it is. You can contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @APetrielli
599 comments
Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Morning Folks . This Colorado thing is really interesting. I'm very surprised . Jones is an American kid with links to Denver . From a marketing perspective alone it would make sense they pick Jones. I'm guessing its the Roy factor coming into play here . He's very familiar with McKinnon and Drouin. Also heard Jones wasn't the fittest at the combine. If this is true I'm kinda shocked they are not picking Jones. This draft just got a whole lot more interesting 

Savo43
Savo43

I wonder if Blackhawks fans were embarrassed when they came back against the Canucks from being down 3-0 in a series, only to lose in game 7 in overtime. I get the sense that ppl around here are forgetting we were down 3-1 to a team we never friggin beat, came back and dominated them for 80% of the remainder of the series but unfortunately came up short with a lesson to be learned. We are a team to be reckoned with and that will continue for years to come, we can thank Boston beating us in that final game for that, believe it or not, it will make us better than the alternative win. Chances are we would've lost to one of the Rangers, Penguins and especially Blackhawks. Instead, we lost to a team we SHOULD'VE beaten, and that will only make us more hungry going forward as an organization. Great things coming, be proud Leafs Nation. 

Great Dane
Great Dane

So if Sakic and Roy are going to pick a forward i.e. MacKinnon then Stastny or Duchene would be available quite soon.

What would be price be for Stastny and for Duchene?


ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

From Tim Panaccio:

2 NHL sources tell CSN Flyers & ANA talking of Bobby Ryan. Among scenarios being discussed: Coburn, 11th pick for Ryan... more later


Jantz
Jantz

One criticism that must be mentioned - he is absolutely the worst forward at chipping pucks out. Way to many turnovers and for a smarter than average player, I just don't get why he doesn't make the safe play when it required.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

This Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs game is wild. 

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Wow Lups.  If we were only counting games played I would give him an easy 9-9.5, the guy is a player. A little like my Frattin review I guess, wasn't really bad at all, just hard to mark with so many games missed. Love this guy on the team just wish his injury luck would change.


All Lupul all the time. Stay healthy my friend

KingKadri
KingKadri

Ok clearly silly season is start on. This is just sport networks and reporters looking for hits on their websites and attention on Twitter. We should be used to this by now people. Hold fast boys.

inchesstyle
inchesstyle

what up with the bernier trade talk?? i hink we have a stud goalie in riemer. our focus is a legit number 1 centre. sign s.wiess hes a good hockey just on shitty panthers teams but he can still rack up point,put him on with kessel jvr look out 

inchesstyle
inchesstyle

leafs are in good shape with the cap dollar make 1 or 2 free agent signnings bring up few marlies and lets rock next year


theacs1966
theacs1966

How much is Rask going to cost the Boston Teabaggers next season and beyond? 

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

Anyone know where Tim and Sid live? I want to go punch them both in the face.

They're currently debating, "could the Rask for Raycroft deal actually be worse than the Kessel deal?"

Jesus Christ.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

This Bernier thing seems to have legs...not sure I hate it...but I am happy with Reimer and Scrivens

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

Through five games: 

  • Leafs with 101:27 in lead time; 
  • Bruins with 90:36 lead time. 
Last two games: 
  • Leafs (58:57); 
  • Bruins (0:44).


CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Great Dane  It would be Stastny going or ROR later in the year after 1 yr expiry?    Still don't understand the logic of tipping your hat in who you intend/do not intend to draft unless another motive (ie. to stimulate trades). 

Great Dane
Great Dane

@canuckintheuk This draft is more open than in many years. Can't remember the last time to many Top 10 draft team have been talking about moving their picks.

Bobsyouruncle
Bobsyouruncle

@canuckintheuk Could be an opportunity for Dale Talon (2nd overall) to get the player he really wants. They could use MacKinnon or Jones. I lean towards them wanting MacK. With an extra asset Joe Sakic would still be happy to take Jones at 2nd. If I had the 1st overall I would definitely be taking MacKinnon though. Drouin looks like a great fit for Tampa at 3rd so not sure they would give up much to move up, and I don't see Vinik giving up that pick for a Vinnie contract relief trade.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@ProfessorRance  Even before a deal, with Pronger off the cap and Briere buyout scenario, Flyers are still over the cap- adding Ryan for Coburn would add a further $500k to that.  A few deals would have to be in the works.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@Alec Brownscombe Hey Alec! Not sure what is going on but I am not able to vote and give the thumbs up/thumbs down the past 2 or 3 days. Seemed to be ok until recently. Not it just shows like its spinning like its searching.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Alec Brownscombe JFJ thought he had the right young goalie after he picked Pogge in 2004. I've always wondered if the Bruins would have taken Pogge instead of Rask

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Alec Brownscombe Wow really? Tim and Sid are retarded. The Kessel deal shouldn't be debated anymore, at least in my opinion. Yes we did loose out on the Rask deal but Reimer played just as well as he did this postseason I thought. I'd say we won drafting him in the fourth round. And Scrivens was a college signing I believe and he has potential. Another win for us. 

mcloki
mcloki

@DeclanK Just more useless stats Dec. The only stat that matters is who's winning after 60.

Great Dane
Great Dane

@canuckintheuk @Great Dane There are a lot of teams trying to do something. either they have financial problems or cap problems.

But that is only good for the Leafs

Cameron19
Cameron19

@ProfessorRance @Alec Brownscombe These are the guys who said that we'd have to give the Canucks Kadri, Gardiner and Rielly just to get the Canucks to consider talking to us about Luongo, lol. Their opinion is less than worthless.

Savo43
Savo43

@sniperstar @DeclanK why not, we should be proud of what our boys did, you guys are too sensitive. We played a great friggin series against the potential cup champs. Better than teams like the Penguins, Blackhawks (up to this point) and the Rangers. The reminder of that will be key in our teams development, not sure why ppl are so rotten and embarrassed by such a great showing. 

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@mcloki @DeclanK I've been scoffed at for saying the balance of play favoured the Leafs during that series. Another example of that being the case. 

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Great Dane @canuckintheuk  Yes as I showed, only Leafs, Rangers, Habs and Detroit make more than $20m profit in a year.  How do they absorb $2.14m per year for 14 years??? just to get a pick?   That is still $29m in value upfront off a balance sheet of future payments.  Even more interesting, only 16 of the 13 NHL clubs even posted an operating profit higher than $2.14m... 

Great Dane
Great Dane

@canuckintheuk @Great Dane someone draw my attention to the fact that a contract like Vinny's would still count against the cap if he retires early.

So team would have to move those contracts out / buy-out themselves to avoid that.

Tricky situation for at number of clubs.


CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Great Dane @canuckintheuk  I concur on all 3 of your points.  Leiweke is also close to Tampa due to his brother being CEO there so possibilities there a few different ways I guess as well

Great Dane
Great Dane

@canuckintheuk @Great Dane I like that Nonis is firm on the contracts. Grabo was a million to high, but we can probably get out of it.

Still believe that Leiweke will push for some big name players this summer.


CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Great Dane @canuckintheuk  Fully agree.  Burke predicted this and set the team up.  My real question is who was the architect of some of the prior deals or contracts?  ie. Loiselle is cap management guy- who wanted Grabo at $5.5m for that term?  Burke or someone still here?   It appears different now as we are prepared to say no to Komarov and probably Bozak because they want too much.  

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@hometeem @Xxxxxnew @Alec Brownscombe Daniel Larsson and Justin Pogge tied for best stats the year the two leafs prospects played but Rask helped make Finland competitive. Canada put four by him in a preliminary round.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@ProfessorRance @Alec Brownscombe @Xxxxxnew I think we bombed Rask 4-0 in the semi final before beating the Russians, but I remember him having a pretty decent tourney. Pogge had a breakout junior year in Calgary that season too. I dont think he was an early candidate for the Team Canada goalie job.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@Alec Brownscombe @Xxxxxnew We were all high on Pogge after the WJ. It's a shame it just didn't translate into the NHL. I just hate how the media magnifies only our misteps and miscalculations and not other teams who have made plenty worse decisions. 

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Savo43 @sniperstar @DeclanK  Agree.  In my view, that just shows that we need a solid 3C who wins drawns and plays defensive/responsible hockey who can clear the puck along with McClement... and a Number 2 Defensive D man who can clear our crease of people and the puck out of the zone.  That would have held a 3 goal lead in a game 7