September 16 2014 12:24PM
The first newcomer that we've profiled so far, David Booth is 29-year old winger known for his excellent speed. There's offensive skill somewhere in that 6'0, 212lb package, but fans don't get to see it all that often.
Selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Booth was a streaky scorer that reached the 20-goal mark twice and the 30-goal mark once. After being traded to Vancouver three seasons ago however, inconsistency and injuries limited Booth's effectiveness.
September 15 2014 01:04PM
Rolling along with our roster preview, up next we have Troy Bodie.
Many of us probably didn't know much about Bodie prior to his signing with the Leafs last summer, and the assumption was that his high penalty-minute totals and relationship to Tim Leiweke (father-in-law) meant he was another facepuncher who was simply going to rake in some MLSE dough, and then we'd never hear much else about him.
It didn't take long for Bodie to prove us wrong and present himself as a serviceable fourth liner. And while he'll still drop the gloves from time to time, he's clearly not a typical enforcer like the team has employed for the past number of years. Bodie can play hockey.
September 14 2014 09:30AM
You've been introduced to the young guns, now it's time for the big boys. Everyday, from now until the season opener, you'll get to know your favourite Leafs just a little bit better thanks to the beautiful people at TLN.
The first Leaf on the docket is arguably the most important Leaf: goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
That's funny to say in hindsight, because a large section of Leafs fans were adamant the Leafs didn't need him, period. The Leafs already had a great young goalie; one that took them to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Considering James Reimer's play during the lockout-shortened season, acquiring Bernier seemed unnecessary compared to other (still) pressing needs.
But the Leafs defensive ineptitude quickly proved that in order to even get a sniff of the playoffs, they would need Bernier and every single ounce of elite goaltending they could get out of him. And even that wasn't enough for a historically deficient team.
September 13 2014 11:59AM
It really shouldn't come as a surprise that William Nylander, the Toronto Maple Leafs top pick in this past June's NHL Entry Draft, is the organization's top prospect. He may, after all, be the most skilled forward the Leafs have drafted in well over a decade.