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