The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a 1 year contract worth $1.1 million.
Santorelli's 2 successful seasons were when he played on a team with David Booth. Booth adds board play+net drive that were sorely missing.
— Anthony Petrielli (@APetrielli) July 22, 2014
Assets: Has speed to burn. Can put up points in bunches and is ultra aggressive on the forecheck. Also boasts a nose for the net. Can play on either side of center, which adds to his overall value.
Flaws:Concussions are still a concern with him, especially since he has a bad habit of keeping his head down in dangerous areas of the ice. Isn’t a natural setup man. Lacks game-to-game consistency.
Career Potential:Speedy, streaky scoring winger.
– The Forecaster
Leafs fans might remember David Booth from when the Leafs coveted him way back when they traded Bryan McCabe to the Panthers. He has had injuries problems since then that have derailed his career, but he remains solid at forechecking, cycling, and driving the net. When he came back from his major concussion he did have a 23 goal season the following year, before getting traded to Vancouver where he had a 16 goal season. He might still have some scoring left in him. Although he is 6’0 even, he is thick, as he’s listed as over 210 pounds. Of interest to Leafs fans is that he’s had success playing with Mike Santorelli in both Florida and Vancouver.
The Maple Leafs have taken a flyer here on a player who has struggled with injuries and was deemed a poor fit in Vancouver last season, when he played just 13:48 a night on average and didn’t live up to the $4.25 million cap hit, which was bought out by the Canucks. This will create a tremendous amount of competition among the wingers in the top 9 when taken in combination with the Matt Frattin and Mike Santorelli additions.
The Leafs were considered to be the one of the fastest—if not the fastest—teams in the league the last few seasons and just got a little bit faster again. Booth is an ardent forechecker and strong board player, but has struggled to stay healthy while doing what makes him most successful — and given his rap sheet of injuries the past three years, that is likely the biggest question mark here, because there’s little doubt he has the talent to provide good value in terms of secondary production for the $1.1 million.
It’s hard to dislike the risk-reward ratio with adds like Santorelli, Frattin, Kontiola, and now David Booth. There’s been no serious commitment made to any of them, and they add depth and versatility to the forward group. With the new array of options, the Leafs will surely fill out the forward group better than last season and have created healthy competition among hungry players with something to prove. A number of these may not work out, but there’s at least the potential to surprise with little associated risk, and no pressure to put developing kids in positions above their heads.
— Raihan Hussain (@RaihanSays) July 22, 2014
David Booth Highlights
David Booth Statistics
|2000 - 01||Compuware Ambassadors||NAHL||42||17||13||30||44|
|2001 - 02||USNTDP Under-18 Team||NAHL||6||1||3||4||18|
|2001 - 02||U.S. Junior National Team||USHL||12||4||3||7||6||--||--||--||--||--|
|2002 - 03||Michigan State University||CCHA||39||17||19||36||53||0|
|2003 - 04||Michigan State University||CCHA||30||8||10||18||30||6|
|2004 - 05||Michigan State University||CCHA||29||7||9||16||30|
|2005 - 06||Michigan State University||CCHA||36||13||22||35||50|
|2006 - 07||Rochester Americans||AHL||25||7||7||14||26||8||6||0||2||2||4|
|2006 - 07||Florida Panthers||NHL||48||3||7||10||12||0||--||--||--||--||--|
|2007 - 08||Florida Panthers||NHL||73||22||18||40||26||13||--||--||--||--||--|
|2008 - 09||Florida Panthers||NHL||72||31||29||60||38||10||--||--||--||--||--|
|2009 - 10||Florida Panthers||NHL||28||8||8||16||23||-3||--||--||--||--||--|
|2010 - 11||Florida Panthers||NHL||82||23||17||40||26||-31||--||--||--||--||--|
|2011 - 12||Florida Panthers||NHL||6||0||1||1||2||-6||--||--||--||--||--|
|2011 - 12||Vancouver Canucks||NHL||56||16||13||29||32||1||5||0||1||1||0|
|2012 - 13||Vancouver Canucks||NHL||12||1||2||3||4||-3||--||--||--||--||--|
|2013 - 14||Vancouver Canucks||NHL||66||9||10||19||18||1||--||--||--||--||--|
|2013 - 14||Utica Comets||AHL||3||0||1||1||0||-1||--||--||--||--||--|
What we have as far as long term projection f the team goes (like say, the 2017 version of the roster), in my opinion:
J.V.R. - _____ - Kessel
_____ - Kadri - ______
_____ - Holland - Nylander
Komarov - Gauthier - Clarkson
Rielly - Phaneuf
Gardiner - _______
Finn/Percy - _______
I know that's pretty far down the line-up for Nylander, but I don't really see that as a 3rd line, so much as another scoring unit. Prefer to space him and Kadri out, maybe find some bigger guys to put next to them. Still some big holes to fill, particular in the forward group. Because of the high offense nature of basically all our top 9 forwards, you're going to want to fill those blanks with guys who have a combination of size, speed, and defensive awareness. Tall task.
Assume you can fill one spot through free agency, one through the draft, and one through internal promotions (and when I say internal, I'm not talking about a guy like Ashton or Frattin coming in and being a placeholder for until we can find something better), and that still probably leaves us searching for a 1C and a top 4D.
Why did Booth play 3 games in the minors this year...........was it a conditioning stint or was he sent down at some point?
Off topic but how many remember Letterman like this.
Looking at Fenwick rel and Corsi rel and the top 50 is just FLOODED with Kings, Hawks and Bruins and Blues
@-Keon Lupul apparently likes the left side though. Any time he's been on the right side he seems to disappear - at least in my observation. If Booth can play the right side that could work out, but I'd like to see Frattin tried out up there first given his past success with Kadri. Protect their line and give them super favourable minutes and then play the 3rd and 4th line both like 3rd lines. I'd like to see something like:
@-Keon I think I like booth on line 2, brings some jam but a little more offense than Clarkson Frattin or Big Kont.
@Cameron19 I'll throw in the Fantasy pick-up in and say Stamkos is our Lebron and comes home to carry the Leafs to the cup in the 50th year of their draught and their 100th anniversary year. (If this somehow actually happens it just might make up for missing out on Gretzky in '96):
J.V.R. - Stamkos - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Nylander (protected minutes)
Leivo - Holland - Frattin/Ashton/Trade Deadline Acquisition
Komarov - Gauthier - Clarkson
Rielly - Phaneuf
Gardiner - _______/Franson?
Percy - Grannberg
To me that looks pretty solid. It's hard to know exactly who will do what, (will Franson have a resurgence now that his hip is fixed?, will he even be around? Will Nylander be ready? etc.) but if we somehow managed to land Stamkos, you'd have to think that puts us somewhere in contention with the rest of the pieces we have. I think Leivo for the third line is a pretty safe bet and our fourth line is essentially another third line, so that gives us pretty good depth up front.
Granberg for right side on third pairing
You missed Robidas. 2017 would be the final year of his contract.
I'd have Broll and Leivo there but I know it's not your style
Carlyle definitely more so then Nonis
@T K O I believe so.
love this seer video guy.
@Bruffins its not a Rush concert
@Bruffins I think you and I both have tickets to the same section ;)
@wiski God. I loved this show. pig in a speaker was great.
@Jmessih tell dion to move the fuck over
@Burtonboy What could they possibly not have liked about his hair???
@mike_84 I think so.....perhaps a Franny + Ashton for something? I would think a trade MUST be in the works as we have a lot of players fighting for jobs in the bottom 6....I would also assume ORR, FML, SMITH are all waived.
@mike_84 does he have to be waived to be sent to the Marlies? Unless he impresses at camp, he may well be traded.
@mike_84 for a premier player FUCK YA
@TheCanucksnaphook @lukethenuke @CanuckUKinToronto Our star players dont fare too bad actually. Considering theyre all good, then playing together makes them stronger hence dominating the top of the board.
But we are acquring the right kinds of players. No bottom players that cant at least contribute shots, hits, cycletime and defensive play (unlike Raymond then Bodie, Orr and Mclearn who cant play at all). And these guys will play more minutes (hopefully and from what we are told- under new systems) making our top guys more fresh.
Can look at it from different way