(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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  • 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.