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01-13-2013, 01:14 AM
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So who are our starters?!!?

I am surprised I haven't seen a thread like this yet. So I figure I'd start it. It's actually a well disguised "DOES Rielly make the team" thread

Here is my best guess assuming there aren't any new trades or signings.


Lupul-Kadri-Kessel

JVR-Grabovski-Kulemin

Macarthur-Bozak-Frattin

Connolly-Steckel<->McClement Steckel takes the draws then drops to the wing?

Phaneuf-Gunnarson

Gardiner-Liles (hmm)

Komisarek-Rielly

Reimer
Scrivens

There is a pretty big mess with players who don't fit anywhere. I think a trade or two are going to happen before the 19th. Most likely on Monday. Remember there was nothing to stop the GM's from talking to one another.

I think our top two lines look very competitive. Our 3rd line is also very capable of scoring goals. This is more of a 3-1 forward group than a 2-2 like Burke wanted.

Our top pairing should be solid. I am hoping Gardiner is ready for the season and that he continues his strong play. Liles is hit or miss.. but wasn't he a quick starter last season? Komisarek knows this is his last chance to have an NHL job. If he gets any sort of new contract it won't be for $4.5million that's for sure. I say it every year because I like the guy off the ice.. but he is due for a good season! And of course Morgan (Orr) Rielly the new saviour is destined for greatness!

Our goalie situation isn't all that bad. All I am hearing is Luongo to Toronto almost a sure thing! I'd love him on the Leafs but at what cost? If we don't get him, I think Reimer will show that his first season wasn't a fluke and shut the haters up!

GO LEAFS GO

Signed (NHL) players that aren't on my opening day line up

Lombardi, Brown, Orr(capgeek says hes a buried contract), Franson, Mottau, Holzer (things are looking bad for Komi because Holzer might take his spot).

There should be some competition for the defensive slots in the lineup!

Well what do you think?

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01-13-2013, 01:17 AM
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Reilly wont play.

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I really hope that Kadri works out and is the #1 C playing with Kessel... I know that most will say that is not possible, but who knows. The kid has incredible hands.

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I really hope that Kadri works out and is the #1 C playing with Kessel... I know that most will say that is not possible, but who knows. The kid has incredible hands.
All I'm hoping for is to run Carlyle's cup winning
1st line - offense
2nd line - shutdown others top line
3rd line - kid line
4th line - Pk / energy

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All I'm hoping for is to run Carlyle's cup winning
1st line - offense
2nd line - shutdown others top line
3rd line - kid line
4th line - Pk / energy
Whatever line is going to be used as a shut-down unit will have Jay McClement at center. Carlyle love's his match-up centers, and McClement was brought in specifically for that role.

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Joffrey Lupul - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur - Mikhal Grabovski - James Van Riemsdyk
Nikolai Kulemin - Tim Connolly - Matt Frattin/Nazem Kadri
Dave Steckel/Leo Komarov - Jay McClemment - Mike Brown/Matt Lombardi
So EX: Lombardi/Brown/Kadri/Frattin/Komarov

Something like this.

Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner (when good to go) - Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles - Mike Komisarek
Korbinian Holzer

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

PK: McClemment-Kulemin-Gunnarsson-Phaneuf
PK2: Steckel/Bozak-Brown-Komisarek-Gardiner/Franson


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01-13-2013, 01:40 AM
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interesting on Kadri trying at #1 C. I have a problem with his faceoffs though, is he any good in that area?

I'm fine with an all offense line, if you have really good defensive lines behind them.

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01-13-2013, 01:51 AM
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Lupul Kadri Kessel
JVR Grabovski Kulemin
MacArthur Bozak Frattin
Komorov McClement Brown

(Connolly/Lombardi)

Gunnarsson Phaneuf
Gardiner Franson
Liles Komisarek

(Holzer)

i'd like to see something like this personally.. doubt it'll be the case


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Lupul Kadri Kessel
JVR Grabovski Kulemin
McCarthur Bozak Frattin
Komorov McClement Brown

Gunnarsson Phaneuf
Gardiner Franson
Liles Komisarek
(Holzer)

i'd like to see something like this personally.. doubt it'll be the case
I'd try that for sure, very balanced lineup. However steckel is still useful with his faceoff prowress. Why not bozak on the wing? Bozak-Mcclement-Frattin? Macarthur should be gone in a trade IMO.

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How about the JvR to centre thing? Is that still a go?

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Touche.. I have been watching a bunch of 7 foot guys play with a big orange ball for the last few months.. I need to get my hockey lingo back! The thread title should have been "Who makes the Leafs" or something like that .

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How about the JvR to centre thing? Is that still a go?
Pretty sure Carlyle said they were going to start him on the wing.

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I'd try that for sure, very balanced lineup. However steckel is still useful with his faceoff prowress. Why not bozak on the wing? Bozak-Mcclement-Frattin? Macarthur should be gone in a trade IMO.
Yeah forgot about Steckel.. very good faceoff man but limited otherwise imo.. Agreed with the MacArthur trade too. In fact halfway through assembling that I remembered the surplus of mediocre forward depth we have. Definitely need to make some room..

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Pretty sure Carlyle said they were going to start him on the wing.
Ah. Would've loved to see him get a trial with Kessel. LW on the PP maybe?

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Ah. Would've loved to see him get a trial with Kessel. LW on the PP maybe?
It'd be interesting. I'd want to see something where they get him in front of the net (obviously). But then again with the way Dion shoots..

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It'd be interesting. I'd want to see something where they get him in front of the net (obviously). But then again with the way Dion shoots..
Well it's not like he's going to be standing high and wide of the net

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Well it's not like he's going to be standing high and wide of the net
He's pretty tall..

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This is what I'd like to see

Lupul Kadri Kessel
Kuli Grabovski JVR
McCarthur Bozak Frattin
Komorov/Steckel/ McClement Brown

(Lombardi)

Gunnarsson Phaneuf
Gardiner Komisarek
Liles Franson

(Holzer)

Reimer


But I think it's going to be like this

Lupul Bozak Kessel

Kulimen Grabovski JVR

Macarthur Kadri Connolly

Steckel/Komarov Mclement Brown

Gunnarson Phaneuf
Gardiner Franson
Liles Komisarek

Reimer

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I thought Ulmer nailed it with this blog post:

http://blog.mapleleafs.com/what-the-...uld-look-like/

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Lupul - Bozak - Kessel
JVR - Grabovski - MacArthur
Komarov - McClement - Kulemin
Brown - Steckel - Frattin

Phaneuf - Gunnarsson
Gardiner - Holzer
Liles - Komisarek

Reimer
Scrivens

It's not what I want to see; but I think it's roughly how it will play out. I would like to see Kadri crack the roster.

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Lupul -Bozak- Kessel
JVR -Grabo- Frattin
Conn -McCl- Kule
Komaro -Steck- Brown

Spares: Kadri, Lombo, CMac

Dion Gunn
Liles Komi
Gard Holz

Spares: Franson

Reimer
Scrivens

To me Bozak and CMac have to go so one of Connolly or Kadri can take the top center spot, the other the third line wing. Those two and a 2nd for Luongo solves everything.

Lupul -Kadri - Kessel
JVR -Grabo- Frattin
Conn -McCl- Kule
Komaro -Steck- Brown

Spares: Lombo, Colborne

Dion Gunn
Liles Komi
Gard Holz

Spares: Franson

Luongo
Reimer

AHL:Scrivens


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Gardiner can't be ready for the season, I think Franson resigned for the chance to be playing quality minutes.

Lupul - Bozak - Kessel
JVR - Grabo - Mac
Komarov - Connolly - Kulemin
Brown - McClement - Frattin

Phaneuf - Gunnarson
Liles - Franson
Holzer - Komisarek

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I thought Ulmer nailed it with this blog post:

http://blog.mapleleafs.com/what-the-...uld-look-like/




It's not what I want to see; but I think it's roughly how it will play out. I would like to see Kadri crack the roster.
Either switch komarov and Frattin or put Frattin in the minors and call somebody else up and I'll probably agree... Although I really really want Kadri up and I think he'll finally get his chance this year!

EDIT: Connoly will actually probably be the 3rd line RW, RC seemed to like him in the limited time last year in a shut-down role


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Lupul - Bozak - Kessel
JVR - Grabo - MacArthur/Kadri/Frattin
Kulemin - McClement - Brown/Komorov
Brown/Komorov - Steckel - Orr

Gardiner (if healthy) - Phaneuf
Liles - Franson
Gunnarson - Komisarek

Reimer
Scrivens

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