Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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We were not sure what direction the Maple Leafs would be heading entering today’s free agency period. To some degree, we still don’t.

The team appears to be trying to build some depth back up while bringing in some veterans to help develop and mentor their young kids. As has been noted here before, this team had the worst bottom six in the League last season and they have taken some steps already to try and improve it, so that in and of itself could stand to notably improve the team. But there is still a lot of work to be done.

As of right now, players out from last season officially include:

OUT:

  • Mason Raymond (Calgary)
  • Dave Bolland (Florida)
  • Carl Gunnarsson (St. Louis)
  • Jerry D’Amigo (Columbus)
  • Tim Gleason (buyout)
  • Drew MacIntyre (Carolina)

LIKELY OUT:

  • Paul Ranger
  • Nikolai Kulemin (interestingly, Pittsburgh appears out of the running on him)
  • Troy Bodie
  • Trevor Smith
  • Jerred Smithson

IN:

  • Roman Polak
  • Stephane Robidas
  • Matt Frattin
  • Leo Komarov

We’ll wait for the pieces to settle in a little more before we digest it all properly, but here is an updated look at the Leafs depth chart for where they currently stand:

Maple Leafs Forwards Depth Chart

LWCRW
JVR BozakKessel
Lupul
Kadri Clarkson
Komarov
SantorelliKontiola?
Ashton
HollandFrattin
BodieKontiola? Leivo
BrollMcKeggOrr
Carrick

Maple Leafs Defence Depth Chart

LDRD
GardinerPhaneuf
RiellyRobidas
PercyFranson
MacWilliamPolak
Granberg
Holzer

Notes

  • The Leafs have talked about moving Dion Phaneuf back to the left side, and as you can see by the depth chart it might make some sense to do so, logistically. That said, he was bad on the left side and looked uncomfortable. He was playing with Mike Kostka and Korbinian Holzer while doing it so take it with a grain of salt, but regardless of linemates he was getting beat wide off the rush regularly while on the left. There would be an adjustment period if he switched over.
    • Cody Franson was the player the Leafs were going to exchange for Josh Gorges, so there is every reason to believe he is still on the move. That means he is worth at least a second round pick. It will be interesting to see if they keep him, flip him for a pick, a forward, or a defenseman.

  • Dave Nonis clearly needs to upgrade the C position still. It would be a surprise if they didn’t bring anyone in, and I expect it to happen eventually, but the question is who? They tried to get Brian Boyle, and they tried to retain Dave Bolland. Aaron Ward linked them to David Legwand earlier and he would make sense. There aren’t a lot of great C options still out there. Maybe Mike Santorelli would be mildly intriguing.
  • On that note, I wonder if they give Leo Komarov a look at C. He played it a bit down the stretch for the Leafs previously and looked good there. He’s played C on and off throughout his career. Komarov has a pricey contract, but he brings a lot to the table and appears to have some untapped offensive upside (he led his KHL team in scoring). He has to improve the PK, too, for the kind of money he’s making.
  • Nonis has been pretty vocal about James Reimer probably coming back. Hopefully it happens for cheap. Bernier-Reimer is still one of the best goalie tandems in the league and Bernier is going to see a lot of shots next year even if the team is mildly improved as is.
  • Stephane Robidas is a hang of a player. A three year contract at 37 years old is rough to look at, but there is no questioning his abilities. If he stays healthy he makes the defense a lot better.
  • Nice to have Matt Frattin back; I think he’s a reasonable contributor, can forecheck, play both wings, and has some scoring touch. Bitter to give up D’Amigo, who is an excellent penalty killer and all-out hustle player. Frattin has had a lot of off-ice problems, but there is no questioning of his on-ice abilities as he’s fast, has a cannon, strong, and has very good hand-eye coordination. Hopefully he puts it together finally.
  • It is interesting that the Leafs essentially decided to keep Carter Ashton instead of Jerry D’Amigo. I liked both, but in the back of my mind there was only going to be room for one. Ashton is bigger and more physical, D’Amigo is better on the penalty kill. Ashton has been a .54PPG scorer in the AHL, while D’Amigo scored a .49PPG clip. They are the same age. I think Ashton is more suited to play a fourth line role, but losing a potentially good penalty killer bites when you consider how bad the Leafs penalty kill is.
  • The Leafs continue to bring up Petter Granberg’s name in press conferences, as Nonis again did today. It appears that he has the inside track on a roster spot for next season.
  • I wonder if David Clarkson gets another shot in the top 6. He’s making a lot of money and won’t have a chance to even come close to justifying it playing on the third line unless it’s a sheltered third line.
  • Leafs dodged a bullet in Dave Bolland, wasn’t a fan of Mason Raymond’s game, and had to buyout Tim Gleason. I think this has been a reasonably okay day for the Leafs so far. The defense is shaping up okay, but again, they still need center help badly.
  • Figuring out what happens with Cody Franson and bringing in a center (maybe they are one in the same) appear to be the next steps. This is still an incomplete roster, so we can’t fully judge it yet.

 

  • mike_84

    if we get a 3/4C this team will look much better. Still have a feeling Lups gets moved.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    With you all the way, AP . I was totally happy with the day , and going in, I was all trepidation about how the brain trust would screw things up . Its still early, but indications are, yes, they have their thinking caps on. Wonder if there is any thought at all to bringing Kulie back . He did a good job pinch hitting at centre .

  • Biltmore

    mike_84
    Like Kulemin? Let it be Kulemin. I hope he’s off the radar in Pittsburgh because he wants to play with Leo.

  • gjdevlin

    Are Carrick and McKegg ready to make the jump this fall? How good are they? Can anyone break them down?

  • Anthony Petrielli

    HeatherRickAkin Never thought about bringing Kulemin back as a C. That’s an interesting idea. 

    Ott and Brodeur are the two guys that worry of what’s left.

  • Marlies Man

    gjdevlin Not full-time. They need another season in the AHL with spot call ups.

  • daniel marois

    I am fine with the moves today but I hope it unintentially gets us into a lottery position next season.  After watching the draft and being envious of the players the top-5 teams drafted (I do luv the NYlander pick BTW), how can you not want to get into the McDavid-Eichel race?

  • Marlies Man

    Anyone have any idea what Montreal fans think of not getting Franson? Do they prefer the 2nd rounder?

  • daniel marois

    Marlies Man

    What second rounder?  We don’t have one for next year to offer.

  • Marlies Man

    daniel marois Marlies Man  No, the one they got for Gorges instead. That’s that they got after wasn’t it?

  • Bandit22

    Not much of a “depth” chart is it?

    More like a “surface” chart.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    Marlies Man gjdevlin  probably an accurate appraisal . We may get lucky on Carrick, as a guy who just comes from nowhere and shows he has got it. McKegg is a kid, I think, who has all the tools and can think the game, but his foot speed may hold him back from the bigs . Just an opinion based on what I have read.

  • mike_84

    Marlies Man Maybe it gets flipped for Franson

  • HeatherRickAkin

    Marlies Man  hmmm ….would you send Franson to  Montreal for Buffalos 2nd rounder next year ?

  • mike_84

    Anthony Petrielli HeatherRickAkin i’d take Ott on a 1 year deal but thats all. even that is pushing it.

  • mike_84

    Biltmore mike_84 Komarov can play C as well so having him and kuli on a line would allow them to change it up depending on the situation

  • mike_84

    HeatherRickAkin Marlies Man i think i would. Could damn near be a 1st

  • Marlies Man

    mike_84 HeatherRickAkin Marlies Man  Possibly but I’d attempt to move him for a roster forward now I think. Maybe as a package to get a center.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Bandit22 It says it’s a Leafs depth chart. Not an organization depth chart.

  • Marlies Man

    HeatherRickAkin Marlies Man gjdevlin  Carrick is undoubtedly closer to filling a bottom six role than McKegg is to a top six role.

  • Omac13

    Without any more moves we are a bottom 5 NHL team right now, We wont be last but not far from it. We have no depth, Yes we will be more Competitive and a bit tuffer HOWEVER we will still struggle when Injuries hit. We do have peices coming up from the minors but most guys need more time. Unless Nonis has some magic up his sleeve we are in for another high pick last year. I like the Nylander pick but hes 2-3 years away hes the kinda kid we eactully need but wont help out much next season. Hopefuly Nonis has somethings working but he sure knows how to make it sounds like hes in no rush and fine with status quo

  • mike_84

    Chances are leafs trade for a 3/4C. So now we just gotta see what Nonis and Shanny have in store. Come to think of it i haven’t heard too many mentions of shanny today.

  • Omac13

    with all that said, I am glad he never dish out big dollars to Bolland hes not worth his 3.8 last season let alone a raise. The Signings he did make were soild Love Kromrov, we will see how Robidas does, yes he is very very competive i love that and he works hard but how much hard miles left on that body

  • phaneufoundlander

    Does Nonis look for a goalie for the Marlies now?

  • Anthony Petrielli

    phaneufoundlander No they have Gibson and Sparks. Doesn’t need to. Will eventually add a 5th to have hanging around though.

  • mike_84

    phaneufoundlander i don’t think so. Prob runs with Gibson and Sparks

  • mike_84

    Anthony Petrielli phaneufoundlander depending on riems he may need one for the leafs

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Anthony Petrielli phaneufoundlander Don’t they have Bilbeau(s)?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Robidas has the injury concerns but is Beauch-lite. Just a solid fucking veteran who can still play the game, shutdown good players and is a tough-as-nails French Canadian.
    Oh, and good post AP.

  • phaneufoundlander

    More like a death chart……they’ll be sellers at the trade deadline….can’t see this team being any better at all……looks pitiful actually

  • Nikhil Daljeet

    Good to hear that they were in on Brian Boyle.  He was third on my wish list today after Komarov and Robidas.  Would have made me 3 for 3 on the day.  But I did not see that Frattin trade coming!
    Also, I would have preferred Gorges over Polak but since we have Polak I’m glad we didn’t also make the move for Gorges.  I’m not opposed to moving Franson whatsoever, but having two d-men that have no offensive game in the lineup at the same time would have been overcompensation – from too many puck movers to too many defensive d-men.   That’s why Robidas is such a good add.  He’s great defensively but also makes smart decisions with the puck and has a nice outlet pass. He also has a solid point shot and should get a look or two on the PP especially if injuries happen.  But he definitely doesn’t use it as much as he used to.  As long as he’s healthy he’ll be great.   He’ll also make sure everyone else sees what it means to work your ass off and sacrifice for the team.  Komarov too.

  • Marlies Man

    Ze_theLeafsFan Anthony Petrielli phaneufoundlander  Yeah, what’s his status next year? Back to the Q or some seasoning in the ECHL first?

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    gjdevlin I doubt it

  • lukethenuke

    Alec Brownscombe Just hope his play doesnt fall off the charts… hes getting up there in age.. and has had some serious time out due to injuries… seems like hes a workhorse though

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Ze_theLeafsFan Anthony Petrielli phaneufoundlander Could send him back for his overage year. This was his draft+1 season.

  • Marlies Man

    lukethenuke Alec Brownscombe  Maybe we can flip him at the trade deadline for Gardiner-lite and Lupul-lite. J/K

  • mike_84

    Nikhil Daljeet is it true Boyles wife stopped him from coming here

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/484109495631884288
    “https://twitter.com/TBTimes_JSmith: Boyle’s agent said there were other suitors but TBL best fit. Plus wife is from Tampa” TOR was finalist. Offered more.

  • Mind Bomb

    Nikhil Daljeet  Hey Nik, hows things, thought it was a good day,avoided a lot of mistakes with signings and added 3 guys that will Bang, and play physical

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Nikhil Daljeet dont think anyone saw the Frattin trade.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    mike_84 Nikhil Daljeet no mention of that. His wife is from Tampa. So I guess not really stopped him but wanted to go to Tampa

  • Marlies Man

    Ze_theLeafsFan  He’ll be too comfortable there and suck it up lol

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Anthony Petrielli Ze_theLeafsFan phaneufoundlander Yeah but wasn’t he drafted in his 2nd year of eligibility. I could be wrong

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    Marlies Man Ze_theLeafsFan meh not our concern. Wouldn’t mind, that means a weaker tampa team lol

  • Nikhil Daljeet

    Mind Bomb Nikhil Daljeet
    Hey Darren, couldn’t agree more, a ton of terrifying contracts were handed out.  Can you imagine the reaction here if Nonis did what Washington did today?  I definitely like all three signings for that reason.  Helps set the tone for the rest of the guys too.  Robidas and Komarov especially are super competitive.

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun https://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun/status/484137853446668288
    Rumblings, rumblings, rumblings ! Here’s my July 1 version: http://t.co/TzIzWMNedR

  • Nikhil Daljeet

    Ze_theLeafsFan mike_84 Nikhil Daljeet

    Yeah I think it played into his decision.  Sounds like we were pretty close

  • lukethenuke

    Think we have to sign Legwand.  Looking at the depth chart, its pretty scary lol.  One injury to Kadri or Bozak….
    Id rather have 4 solid centres than 3 and then nothing

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    lukethenuke Too bad we couldn’t get Boyle

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Ze_theLeafsFan Anthony Petrielli phaneufoundlander Will look into that a little later