Toronto Maple Leafs ranked eighth in the East last year. They lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the preliminary round, scoring just ten goals in five games in the series.
Two of the seven most used forwards last season, along with Andreas Johnson and Casperi Capanen, forced the salary cap.
Their care and guardian are skeptical. We hire veterans to fill vacancies at the end of their careers, to the detriment of the youth.
Furthermore, most professionals give Canadian opponents Wednesday night, for the opening game, first place in the Canadian division.
The company shares this optimism brought about by the appointment of these ancient celebrities. “They hired guys with experience and hunger for success, Defender Jake Mazzin told reporters. It shows that management wants to win in the short term. It was encouraging for the group. Now we have to move on and aim for the championship. ”
Joe Thornton topped the list with 41 and 31 points, including seven goals in 70 games in San Jose last year. Thornton begins the remaining year in the front row with Aston Matthews and Mitch Morner.
With a 20-point season in 64 games, Zimbabwe, who was beaten at the end of the season, was hired this fall for $ 900,000 to become winger to John Tavares and William Nylander. .
Alex Kerfoot will be third center with 28 points last year. Jason Spezza, 37, who is not already fast, will be the center of the fourth row, with Wayne Simmonds, 32, to his right.
Another exciting Symonds in the eyes of the Toronto media, he scored 24 points last year in New Jersey, including eight goals. Corey Perry had the same number of points in Dallas last year and did not surpass the starting line-up in Montreal.
In defense, we closed the first breach by hiring TJ Brady. He plays to the right of Morgan Really. It was an interesting acquisition, but in Calgary Brady shortened its tenure considerably. He played 25 minutes per game between 2014 and 2016, over 23 minutes between 2016 and 2018, but only 20 minutes last year. His production suffered, just 19 points. Justin Hole, 28, will be tasked with completing his second full season in the NHL, along with Jake Muzzin, the second defensive duo. Hole averaged 18:31 last year.
The arrival of defenseman Jack Bogosian is also promising for Toronto. The 30-year-old Bogosian won the cup in Tampa, but in a limited role. He missed the roster in the first five games of the final against Dallas. Starting in the second round he rarely played more than 15 minutes per game.
Bogosian and his partner Travis Dermot complete the duet. Youngsters Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Lilgegren, two first-round picks, in 2018 and 2017, respectively, are not ready to taste the coach. Another defenseman Miko Lehtonen is eagerly awaiting in Toronto after scoring 66 points in his last 77 games at the KHL, frustrated at training camp.
On the net, Frederick Anderson remained the average goalie. He averaged 2.85 and a savings rate of .909 last year.
The big employees on the team, Matthews, Tavares, Marner and Nylander are interested in the product. But they each have at least one weak link in their trio. The 30-year-old Tavares scored just 26 goals last year. Worst goal-per-game ratio since his rookie year in 2010.
All the pressure is on those four pairs of hands …
The Canadian spotted members of his flying squad on Tuesday. Created in 2017 by young Ryan Pohling and Kale Fleury, winners, Javier Ovalet and Jordan Veil, playoff members, losers. The details in this text are by Guillaume Lefrancois.