Toronto Maple Leafs Updated Depth Chart

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We were not sure what direction the Maple Leafs would be heading entering today’s free agency period. To some degree, we still don’t.

The team appears to be trying to build some depth back up while bringing in some veterans to help develop and mentor their young kids. As has been noted here before, this team had the worst bottom six in the League last season and they have taken some steps already to try and improve it, so that in and of itself could stand to notably improve the team. But there is still a lot of work to be done.

As of right now, players out from last season officially include:

OUT:

  • Mason Raymond (Calgary)
  • Dave Bolland (Florida)
  • Carl Gunnarsson (St. Louis)
  • Jerry D’Amigo (Columbus)
  • Tim Gleason (buyout)
  • Drew MacIntyre (Carolina)

LIKELY OUT:

  • Paul Ranger
  • Nikolai Kulemin (interestingly, Pittsburgh appears out of the running on him)
  • Troy Bodie
  • Trevor Smith
  • Jerred Smithson

IN:

  • Roman Polak
  • Stephane Robidas
  • Matt Frattin
  • Leo Komarov

We’ll wait for the pieces to settle in a little more before we digest it all properly, but here is an updated look at the Leafs depth chart for where they currently stand:

Maple Leafs Forwards Depth Chart

LWCRW
JVRBozakKessel
Lupul
KadriClarkson
Komarov
SantorelliKontiola?
Ashton
HollandFrattin
BodieKontiola? Leivo
BrollMcKeggOrr
Carrick

Maple Leafs Defence Depth Chart

LDRD
GardinerPhaneuf
RiellyRobidas
PercyFranson
MacWilliamPolak
Granberg
Holzer

Notes

  • The Leafs have talked about moving Dion Phaneuf back to the left side, and as you can see by the depth chart it might make some sense to do so, logistically. That said, he was bad on the left side and looked uncomfortable. He was playing with Mike Kostka and Korbinian Holzer while doing it so take it with a grain of salt, but regardless of linemates he was getting beat wide off the rush regularly while on the left. There would be an adjustment period if he switched over.
    • Cody Franson was the player the Leafs were going to exchange for Josh Gorges, so there is every reason to believe he is still on the move. That means he is worth at least a second round pick. It will be interesting to see if they keep him, flip him for a pick, a forward, or a defenseman.

  • Dave Nonis clearly needs to upgrade the C position still. It would be a surprise if they didn’t bring anyone in, and I expect it to happen eventually, but the question is who? They tried to get Brian Boyle, and they tried to retain Dave Bolland. Aaron Ward linked them to David Legwand earlier and he would make sense. There aren’t a lot of great C options still out there. Maybe Mike Santorelli would be mildly intriguing.
  • On that note, I wonder if they give Leo Komarov a look at C. He played it a bit down the stretch for the Leafs previously and looked good there. He’s played C on and off throughout his career. Komarov has a pricey contract, but he brings a lot to the table and appears to have some untapped offensive upside (he led his KHL team in scoring). He has to improve the PK, too, for the kind of money he’s making.
  • Nonis has been pretty vocal about James Reimer probably coming back. Hopefully it happens for cheap. Bernier-Reimer is still one of the best goalie tandems in the league and Bernier is going to see a lot of shots next year even if the team is mildly improved as is.
  • Stephane Robidas is a hang of a player. A three year contract at 37 years old is rough to look at, but there is no questioning his abilities. If he stays healthy he makes the defense a lot better.
  • Nice to have Matt Frattin back; I think he’s a reasonable contributor, can forecheck, play both wings, and has some scoring touch. Bitter to give up D’Amigo, who is an excellent penalty killer and all-out hustle player. Frattin has had a lot of off-ice problems, but there is no questioning of his on-ice abilities as he’s fast, has a cannon, strong, and has very good hand-eye coordination. Hopefully he puts it together finally.
  • It is interesting that the Leafs essentially decided to keep Carter Ashton instead of Jerry D’Amigo. I liked both, but in the back of my mind there was only going to be room for one. Ashton is bigger and more physical, D’Amigo is better on the penalty kill. Ashton has been a .54PPG scorer in the AHL, while D’Amigo scored a .49PPG clip. They are the same age. I think Ashton is more suited to play a fourth line role, but losing a potentially good penalty killer bites when you consider how bad the Leafs penalty kill is.
  • The Leafs continue to bring up Petter Granberg’s name in press conferences, as Nonis again did today. It appears that he has the inside track on a roster spot for next season.
  • I wonder if David Clarkson gets another shot in the top 6. He’s making a lot of money and won’t have a chance to even come close to justifying it playing on the third line unless it’s a sheltered third line.
  • Leafs dodged a bullet in Dave Bolland, wasn’t a fan of Mason Raymond’s game, and had to buyout Tim Gleason. I think this has been a reasonably okay day for the Leafs so far. The defense is shaping up okay, but again, they still need center help badly.
  • Figuring out what happens with Cody Franson and bringing in a center (maybe they are one in the same) appear to be the next steps. This is still an incomplete roster, so we can’t fully judge it yet.

 

  • mike_84

    if we get a 3/4C this team will look much better. Still have a feeling Lups gets moved.

  • HeatherRickAkin

    With you all the way, AP . I was totally happy with the day , and going in, I was all trepidation about how the brain trust would screw things up . Its still early, but indications are, yes, they have their thinking caps on. Wonder if there is any thought at all to bringing Kulie back . He did a good job pinch hitting at centre .

  • Biltmore

    mike_84
    Like Kulemin? Let it be Kulemin. I hope he’s off the radar in Pittsburgh because he wants to play with Leo.

  • gjdevlin

    Are Carrick and McKegg ready to make the jump this fall? How good are they? Can anyone break them down?

  • Anthony Petrielli

    HeatherRickAkin Never thought about bringing Kulemin back as a C. That’s an interesting idea. 

    Ott and Brodeur are the two guys that worry of what’s left.

  • Marlies Man

    gjdevlin Not full-time. They need another season in the AHL with spot call ups.

  • daniel marois

    I am fine with the moves today but I hope it unintentially gets us into a lottery position next season.  After watching the draft and being envious of the players the top-5 teams drafted (I do luv the NYlander pick BTW), how can you not want to get into the McDavid-Eichel race?

  • Marlies Man

    Anyone have any idea what Montreal fans think of not getting Franson? Do they prefer the 2nd rounder?

  • daniel marois

    Marlies Man

    What second rounder?  We don’t have one for next year to offer.

  • Marlies Man

    daniel marois Marlies Man  No, the one they got for Gorges instead. That’s that they got after wasn’t it?