(Thursday Mashup) David Booth: Another low-risk option with upside potential

(Thursday Mashup) David Booth: Another low-risk option with upside potential

Pictured above is the time David Booth killed Falkor the Luckdragon from The Neverending Story

Domenic Galamini (@MimicoHero) is a good follow on Twitter for his daily insights and data visualizations, usually with a Leafs focus. Yesterday, he put together an updated chart on the Leafs off-season additions and subtractions (stats encompass the last three seasons):

Overall, the Leafs’ new additions have had their past linemates own more of the shot attempts with them than away from them. Better than the alternative, but what the Leafs’ coaching staff changes or doesn’t change about their 5v5 systems is going to be the biggest wildcard in all of this.

Newest addition David Booth shines particularly bright in the with-without exercise. Last season (note: the table has his last 3 years of data), Booth collected his points only at evens (got very little powerplay time), playing primarily with Zack Kassian and Brad Richardson at 5v5. He only averaged 13 minutes and change in TOI last season. His individual points percentage is quite high, suggesting he was key to driving the play in the offensive zone for his line. There could be good value here if he can stay healthy. You wonder if his ability to drive the net and work the boards, plus having the speed and nose for the net to play with skilled players like Kadri and Lupul, makes him a potential fit on the wing there (would likely require Lupul flipping to the right wing when he prefers his off wing).

Lots of options, anyway.

Domenic summarizes the off-season like so:

Mason Raymond, who was a de facto top 6er for this team last season (played identical minutes to Kadri), is the primary loss in terms of significant production from last season, and Kulemin’s a bit of a loss as well, but there’s definitely some optimism on my behalf about the potential for improved depth contributions from a properly filled-out forward group. Maybe it’s the allure of the number of unknown commodities being added in on these short deals, but there seems to be a multitude of potential combinations that could give the Leafs a decent-enough bottom six in terms of secondary offense + possession play if the coaching staff pulls the right strings.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
985 comments
The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

Sportsnet needs to make a progressive move like the Dubas hiring and hire AP (or anyone one from MLHS for that matter haha). Cox and these hacks don't follow the team close enough and are unable to look into underlying issues 

Cloud09
Cloud09

I love how Dreger/Cox/Simmons are shitting over the Leafs for axing the old guard and trying to beat down Shanahan and Dubas. Shows their true colours and why none of us should give them the time of day. 

Cloud09
Cloud09

@mirtle  9m

Yes some in Leafs org blame Reimer for what happened at end of year. Which is part of why they deserved to go.

Cloud09
Cloud09

Yes lets.... Logs off internet forever. 


@Hope_Smoke  4m

Imagine if Glenn Healy was on twitter

Mcost61
Mcost61

So we have a pretty decent 1-2 goalie tandem for under 6 mill. I can live with that

Cloud09
Cloud09

I'm gonna rephrase Cox's tweet to what it should have said. 


Sleeper agent Reimer successfully cleaned out Leafs deadweight in the front office/bench and spurred the biggest management philosophy change since Ballard died.

Cloud09
Cloud09

So safe to say that the majority of people here are now ok with the Leafs? I know almost all of us were ready to break shit from February to the end of June, so it's nice to see everyone get along at the moment. 

Cloud09
Cloud09

What a fucking cock


@DamoSpin  4m

Weirdness of the biz; Reimer's inability to fill for injured Bernier costs 3 coaches, 2 execs their jobs. And he gets $4.6 million.

Cameron19
Cameron19

I think the best comparable for Gardiner's deal is probably Chris Kreider - even though he's a forward.

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Came and made a big impression in 2012, then disappeared last season, then finished very strong this year. Similar path at a different position. Two years at 2.5M for Gardiner.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Reims is the 30th highest paid goalie in the league for the moment.

Mcost61
Mcost61

@Cloud09  Therefore causing us to actually go out and find news to report on instead of having it spoonfed to us.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Cloud09

if he has a .925+ save percentage and takes back the starter spot I will believe this and my mind will be blown

Mcost61
Mcost61

@Cloud09  I am happy to see a break from the old. What we were doing wasn't working. I'm in a wait and see phase on the results.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Cloud09 what choice do we have?  I could go to another infamous site and spend time whining, but to quote a wise woman:


I ain't got no time for that!

mcloki
mcloki

@Cloud09 Weirdness of the biz. How Cox has a job continually insulting the readership.

Mcost61
Mcost61

@Cloud09  The whining continues...some real butt hurt reporters

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Cloud09

I fucking hate how he is paid to intentionally be an idiot to get a reaction 

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Cameron19 I've be guessing $2.75M-$3M but won't complain about $2.5. 

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

Thats where he ranked in GAA as well...lol

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Burtonboy Smoking gun that the MSM makes shit up for their stories. 

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@Burtonboy well I guess they should have iced a full lineup then. Listening to everyone you would think that Reimer was the only player on the ice during the collapse

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Bruffins @Cloud09 Going with Cox's logic Reimer should be praised as a saint for getting rid of Poulin and Loiselle. Only one more remains...

Cloud09
Cloud09

@MaxwellHowe @Cloud09 It was pretty rough for all Leaf fans for those 5 months, it's just nice to see the general opinion of the Leafs be positive for a change. 

Jay31
Jay31

@Bruffins @Cloud09 He's pretty good at it, I bet you he's just sitting there smirking while a bunch of people start yelling at him on twitter

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Loric76 @Burtonboy Loiselle probably had it all done for like 10M a year then shanny saw it and fired him. Gotta start from scratch now . 

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

What were their respective save percentage ranking?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Just looking at the cash numbers on Capgeek

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Burtonboy @Cloud09 I laughed my ass off this past trade deadline when Dreger laid it right out that they made up rumours so they can create interest for TSN.

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@dlb Mad @The_Polish_Cannon Yes technically the team did lose because they no longer had the elite level goaltending that allowed them to win games, but that shouldn't take away from the core problems of the team. It's lazy to simply blame the goaltender for the team's collapse because he only played from average to good.