2012-13 Player Review: Joffrey Lupul

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Next up on the player review list is Joffrey Lupul.

It was a whirlwind season for the man who has rejuvenated his career in Toronto. Lupul signed a 5-year deal worth 26.25M, got hurt twice, suspended once, and still potted 18 points in only 16 games before notching four more points in seven playoff games.

I gave Lupul a 7, which was the second lowest ranking any of the writers here gave him (Mike gave him a six, if you were wondering). A seven to me means he had a “pretty good” season overall, relative to his role. Lupul’s expected to score and play in a top six role, which he obviously did when he was healthy. However, he played less than 50% of the games and whether you think the injuries were his fault or not, it’s a recurring theme with Lupul at this point.

In fairness, Lupul did do well to not allow his injuries to affect his play. Whenever he jumped back into the line-up he was clearly ready to go. In the grand scheme of things, though, I just can’t give a player a high rating based on 18 of 48 games.

Going into next season, the question with Lupul will be whether Carlyle plays him with Kessel again to create an all-out scoring line that is poor defensively, or whether Lupul is paired up with last season’s partner Nik Kulemin to help balance out his deficiencies defensively; perhaps playoff line mate Frattin will be reunited with Lupul again, too.

Regardless of what line Lupul does end up on, we know what he brings at this point: he’s a pure scorer who will get dirty in front of the opposition’s net, and he’s the emotional leader of the team.

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  • LN-093

    leafmealone LN-093 True, they’d take it to the next level.  I just don’t see how any league can have a team there when they are the centre of sports beting.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Lupes gets a 9.5 from me.  So Bernier down to the Leafs, Flyers and Islanders.  Interesting.

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      Radar O’Rielly That means he’ll go to NJ LOL.

    • wiski

      -Keon- Can he catch the puck?

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Radar O’Rielly

    Lupes gets a 9.5 from me.  So Bernier down to the Leafs, Flyers and Islanders.  Interesting.

  • playoff nut

    unclejakescards playoff nut LN-093 leafmealone Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe Lmao

  • lukethenuke

    8 for me… was amazing, when in the lineup… hurt way to often and really at this point it wasnt just a fluke, even if one of the injuries itself was one… too bad he wasnt so injury prone.  Expecting a healthy lupul for next 4 years! Hes had a career worth of injuries already… no miore!!

    • Savo43

      lukethenuke Two guys colliding with your head on a ring around is pretty flukey. Anybody gets injure there.

      • Savo43

        lukethenuke injured*

    • lukethenuke

      9*
      just realised i made typo

  • wendelsfist

    Great Dane this will all be settled in a few weeks

  • wiski

    LN-093 Construction strike too boot.

  • ProfessorRance

    I’ll give Lupul a 9.5 just the way he came back after both injuries. He put the team on his back like a captain.

  • Burtonboy

    LN-093 I remember when Drapeau was Mayor and they were building the Olympic stadium . Story was the truck driver would drive up to enter with a load of gravel ,get paid or get a credit to get paid ,then leave without dumping the load, drive around the building and come right back in with the same load and get paid again……. pretty lucrative lol

    • wiski

      LN-093 Burtonboy remember the Maclean’s cover with bon homme and a briefcase of cash ? there was a big uproar in Quebec, today they’re saying holy fack they were right. lol

    • Xxxxxnew

      That’s how the cost to build the useless Olympic Stadium ballooned to $1.5 BILLION in the 1970s! It took taxpayers until 2006 tp pay it off.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/reallisahttps://twitter.com/reallisa/status/347083564225003521
    Slava Voynov deal done. Six years, $25 million.

    • Burtonboy

      rustynail Wonder what Franson gets? Getting harder and harder NoNo . You had better get your ass in gear lol

      • rustynail

        Burtonboy rustynail longer he waits the more expensive it gets?

        • Burtonboy

          rustynail Burtonboy You can bank on it me thinks

      • Xxxxxnew

        It’s a strange year to calculate player worth because a lot of players had decent seasons for the first time but based on just 48 games or just portions of that. A lot of pay raise proposals seem to treat the season as though we’ve seen players play consistantly well over an 82 game stretch.

    • Cameron19

      I think that’s a pretty good deal for Voynov.  If he doesn’t regress, that’s a bargain.  I’d have no problem doing the same deal for Franson if Carlyle is confident in him.

      • Cameron19

        Why would you think that? If anything, Franson would cost more.  He out-produced Voynov, and has only one RFA year remaining.  Beyond that, you’re buying UFA years…

      • leafmealone

        Cameron19 Voynov is more solid defensively though imo. So it’s kind of a wash.

      • leafmealone

        Cameron19 Voynov is more solid defensively though imo. So it’s kind of a wash.

      • Cameron19

        He finished top ten in the league.  Also, people need to stop disregarding his career before Toronto in order to devalue him.  He was a solid defender in Nashville for two years before arriving here.  If anything, the Wilson year is the anomoly, not the “half season”.

      • LN-093

        Cameron19 True but I think the Leafs can low ball him a bit.

      • Cameron19

        Maybe, but has played a similarly sheltered role so far, on a Cup championship team.

      • Burtonboy

        LN-093 Cameron19 I hope they don’t . I hate the idea of trying to re-sign guys under market value . If they deserve the money they should get it . Rather have a player satisfied with his contract then pissed off thinking he got fucked

      • leafmealone

        Cameron19 Before he came over from Nashville there was plenty of evidence to show that he was being given very, very sheltered minutes there.
        I think it’s impossible to deny that he’s actually really improved from that point in his career. And his increase in his physical play this year was truly fabulous to see. He wasn’t suddenly gooning it up or anything, but much like with Gardiner he just became a lot more assertive in getting position and initiating contact.

      • Xxxxxnew

        I think the Carlyle system allowed him and a few of the other defencemen to simplify their game and he thrived on it.

    • wendelsfist

      LN-093 rustynail scuderi s walking.  lombardi said he wanted to resign him but i can’t see it.  and they will have willie mitchell next year and already extended regeher