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

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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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  • MLHS_Luke

    This Booth boy is an odd duck.

  • vinoa

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

  • MaxwellHowe

    Maybe the mashup should be in place before the interview so deletion functions aren’t worn out.
    Signed, the worse offender

  • Komas Taberle

    Booth actual plays better on his off wing, so he can be a RW on the Kadri – Lupul line.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    I should not eat while reading picture captions on MLHS lol

  • wendelsway1

    MLHS_Luke Yep….sure is…..I like him…lol  :)

  • Doorman

    Speaking about interviews:  Will there be a Leafs Annual out this year???

  • MaxwellHowe

    Dreger suggest the Loiselle/Poulin firings will cost grief across the NHL (LOL), I assume because its too late in the summer for them to find new jobs? 
    Well before NHL execs across the continent break into tears, it should be noted that eacyh gentleman has 3 years remaining on their contracts.
    Dreger can be silly sometimes.

  • mcloki

    Morning Gents. Ladies. Love the caption under Booth Dragonslayer. lol

  • wendelsway1

    MaxwellHowe Was all about absolving Nonis of any blame…..the devil, Shanahan, made him do it.

  • wendelsway1

    mcloki Good Morning loki!

  • mcloki

    wendelsway1 mcloki Another glorious day here in Leaf Land. Just a stunner of a day this morning. Leaf blue skies, no humidity, great temperature. Gotta enjoy it while it lasts.

  • MaxwellHowe

    if Nonis doesn’t want to accept and follow directions, I suggest he has but one option.

  • wendelsway1

    mcloki wendelsway1 Absolutely….was just thinking what I should take out of the freezer to throw on the Kamado tonight.  Gonna head to the cottage tomorrow.

  • wendelsway1

    MaxwellHowe Yep….and don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out  😉

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    It took me a while to recognize the composite bow, for a moment I thought he brought it down with a boomerang lol

  • docmma

    Awesome read Alec, I only found this place recently… but it is AWESOME!!! Have been here reading daily ever since.. your crew is phenomenal…

  • Burtonboy

    How much can Dubas influence Carlyle’s style?
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/kyle-dubas-sheldon-keefe-randy-carlyle-toronto-maple-leafs/

  • MaxwellHowe

    Wait ’til you join MLHS for an actual game………madness

  • docmma

    MaxwellHowe Thanks Max, I already am jonesing for hockey and now you have made it worse….lol Let the games begin.. lets see this new backboned Leafs!!!

  • docmma

    MaxwellHowe I wish I could get paid for a 3 year vacation.. especially at their rates..!!

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy That’s the question of the day…..from where I’m sitting, it doesn’t look like he’ll have much choice but to keep an open mind and buy in.

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsway1 Burtonboy Dubas and Carlye at first glance looks to be diametrically opposed . This is gonna be fascinating to watch . Ultimately Dubas is a Shanny hire and it a good bet that Dubas has Shanny’s ear on this stuff . Carlyle has better be on board or he will be ninja dust in short order.

  • Walter_White

    Burtonboy It will be an interesting dynamic (to say the least) to have a 28 year old guy who’s never played professionally to attempt to influence Randy’s system, a coach who’s won a cup and isn’t exactly known for open-mindedness. Sounds like that relationship could go toxic pretty quickly.

  • Burtonboy

    Walter_White Burtonboy It well might . I’d bet on Dubas winning the battle though

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy wendelsway1 Yep….wish I was a fly on the wall.  :)

  • Walter_White

    Burtonboy Walter_White And if/when Dubas wins, we all win.

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy Walter_White Who knows…..certainly can’t hurt to listen to some new ideas…..Carlyle may just surprise us.

  • Walter_White

    So I was nerding out last night creating a spreadsheet that charted out when our core players and prospects will collectively hit their “prime years” (24-30 was the range I used), and based on that info + each players current contract status, it looks like 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 will be the years where our window is open the fullest. We could have as many as 15-16 players in their prime years within those 2 seasons. 

    After that we could be sans JVR, Kessel will be past his prime, and a number of good young players like Bernier and Gardiner COULD be UFAs (depending on how their contract situations plays out). It’s a shorter window than I am comfortable with. Obviously that changes if we lock up Gardiner, JVR and Bernier beyond that year though. 

    Bottom line, we need to see pretty rapid improvement on the ice if we are to become a contender within that timeframe. 

    It should also be pointed out that, coincidentally, 2017 is our 100 year anniversary.  Will be a fun year to be a Leafs fan.

  • colino17

    Walter_White Forward your spreadsheet to Shanny

  • Burtonboy

    Walter_White Still think with good coaching and effective systems this team will play a lot better then many people think.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    MaxwellHowe  
    The idea that someone would enjoy getting a paycheque for doing nothing instead of working at a job they love is absurd and a notion mostly held by schmucks who hate their jobs.  
    You’re the “silly” one.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Walter_White 100 Percent BB, There is way to much talent on this team to be picking 5th overall,

  • MaxwellHowe

    Settle down.  I’m not interested in being demeaned here so you might feel a little better about yourself.

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy Walter_White Imagine when Nylander enters the mix . drool

  • Walter_White

    Burtonboy Walter_White Basically, over the next 2 seasons this group needs as much playoff experience as possible.

  • Burtonboy

    Walter_White Burtonboy Yep . A lot of our core lack that experience for sure

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon Unless the photo is a fake that’s a hell of an accomplishment to bring down a big horn sheep with a bow

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon Burtonboy I thinks so but it looks huge to me. Bigger then I though those things are.

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon The moose out west and up in the Yukon are huge compared to the ones out east

  • docmma

    Burtonboy -Keon Northern Ontario has some massive ones too!! Heard some horror stories up there about them…

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb Walter_White Cant wait BB,

  • reenergized

    Not sure why we need to see pictures of people (assholes) that have killed magnificent (helpless) animals on a hockey site?

  • reenergized

    -Keon reenergized sure if you were fighting it bare knuckles … but with a rifle or even a bow … while your hiding out waiting for it to cross your path … pretty much helpless …. 

    Unless you live off the land … and this is your food for the winter …. if it’s just sport it’s stupid

  • docmma

    -Keon reenergized Moose are faster than bears and meaner at times… definitely not helpless.. although I am not into the trophy hunter type, I do appreciate gentlemen that go and kill their prey for food…

  • traNsplantEdneWfie

    Burtonboy -Keon My dad killed one in Newfoundland about 30 years ago that had 32 points.  The quarters were almost 300lbs each.  Biggest one anyone can remember in that area.

  • Bruffins

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_CDpUup6uA

  • Burtonboy

    traNsplantEdneWfie Burtonboy -Keon I’ve heard of 1200-1400 pounders before . Never did get one that big . Cripes they go over 2000 out west

  • traNsplantEdneWfie

    I don’t mind killing animals for sustenance.  It’s the game hunting for sport that I don’t care for.

  • Burtonboy

    traNsplantEdneWfie Never killed an animal that i didn’t or wouldn’t eat