Leafs sign David Booth to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract

Leafs sign David Booth to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed David Booth to a 1 year contract worth $1.1 million.

SCOUTING REPORT
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.

David Booth Highlights

David Booth Statistics

 
Team
Lge
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
plus/minus
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
2000 - 01Compuware AmbassadorsNAHL4217133044
2001 - 02USNTDP Under-18 TeamNAHL613418
2001 - 02U.S. Junior National TeamUSHL124376----------
2002 - 03Michigan State UniversityCCHA39171936530
2003 - 04Michigan State UniversityCCHA3081018306
2004 - 05Michigan State UniversityCCHA29791630
2005 - 06Michigan State UniversityCCHA3613223550
2006 - 07Rochester AmericansAHL25771426860224
2006 - 07Florida PanthersNHL483710120----------
2007 - 08Florida PanthersNHL732218402613----------
2008 - 09Florida PanthersNHL723129603810----------
2009 - 10Florida PanthersNHL28881623-3----------
2010 - 11Florida PanthersNHL8223174026-31----------
2011 - 12Florida PanthersNHL60112-6----------
2011 - 12Vancouver CanucksNHL5616132932150110
2012 - 13Vancouver CanucksNHL121234-3----------
2013 - 14Vancouver CanucksNHL6691019181----------
2013 - 14Utica CometsAHL30110-1----------

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816 comments
Cameron19
Cameron19

What we have as far as long term projection f the team goes (like say, the 2017 version of the roster), in my opinion:

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J.V.R. - _____ - Kessel

_____ - Kadri  - ______

_____ - Holland - Nylander

Komarov - Gauthier - Clarkson

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Rielly - Phaneuf

Gardiner - _______

Finn/Percy - _______

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Bernier

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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. 

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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.

T K O
T K O

Why did Booth play 3 games in the minors this year...........was it a conditioning stint or was he sent down at some point?

Bruffins
Bruffins

So pumped to be going to the Jays game tomorrow... wonder if there will be any girls there

mike_84
mike_84

Is Ashton trade bait?

Luke_R
Luke_R

Looking at Fenwick rel and Corsi rel and the top 50 is just FLOODED with Kings, Hawks and Bruins and Blues

Leafs88
Leafs88

@-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:

JVR-Bozak-Kessel

Lupul-Kadri-Frattin

Booth-Holland-Santorelli

Komarov-Kontiola-Clarkson

Ashton, Bodie

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@-Keon I think I like booth on line 2, brings some jam but a little more offense than Clarkson  Frattin or Big Kont. 

Leafs88
Leafs88

@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):

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J.V.R. - Stamkos - Kessel

Lupul - Kadri - Nylander (protected minutes)

Leivo - Holland - Frattin/Ashton/Trade Deadline Acquisition

Komarov - Gauthier - Clarkson

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Rielly - Phaneuf

Gardiner - _______/Franson?

Percy - Grannberg

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Bernier

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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.

Jmessih
Jmessih

@Bruffins I think you and I both have tickets to the same section ;) 

mcloki
mcloki

@wiski God. I loved this show. pig in a speaker was great.

whalz
whalz

@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.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@mike_84 does he have to be waived to be sent to the Marlies?  Unless he impresses at camp, he may well be traded.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Komas Taberle @Cameron19 I know, but we I'm looking at pieces we can pretty much count on being finished, if you know what I mean. Robidas will be a spare part by then and we'll be looking to dump his final year, I would imagine.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Pent_House @Cameron19 Yea, I would put Broll next to Holland/Nylander, and Leivo in one of the spots next to Kadri - but as promising as they are, we can't actually say for certain they will occupy those spots in 2 years.

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Although, by that logic, Holland and Gauthier are potentially a stretch.

Jmessih
Jmessih

@GreekGod @Jmessih For sure, Dubas said his conversation with Nonis and where Nonis wants to go with this team were the main reasons he signed on. 

Jmessih
Jmessih

@wiski @Jmessih Nope, I like him on the RD. He should play where he feels more comfortable (right side). Also doing that makes our right side look really good. Dion - Robidas - Polak, love it. 

wiski
wiski

@Jmessih @wiski If they keep Franson there not be a choice, he can play right side on the PP

Jmessih
Jmessih

@wiski @Jmessih I'm sticking with the idea that Franson will be traded before opening day :) 

Luke_R
Luke_R

@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.


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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