The Leafs’ Organizational Depth Chart, as of today

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a lot of moves over the past few days, weeks, months… okay, this organization has been in constant churn since sometime last season. With that considered, I figured that it would make sense to organize the mess into something a bit easier to consume.

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Note that all lists are sorted by age, rather than any form of actual rankings.

Under Contract / Restricted Free Agents

Left Wing Age Centre Age Right Wing Age
Joffrey Lupul 32 Brooks Laich 33 Leo Komarov 29
Milan Michalek 31 Tyler Bozak 30 Zach Hyman 24
Colin Greening 30 Nazem Kadri 25 Nikita Soshnikov 22
James van Riemsdyk 27 Peter Holland 25 Connor Brown 22
Josh Leivo 23 Byron Froese 25 William Nylander 20
Brendan Leipsic 22 Frederik Gauthier 21 Tobias Lindberg 20
Kerby Rychel 21     Mitch Marner 19
Andreas Johnson 21     Kasperi Kapanen 19
Dmytro Timashov 19      

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Assuming all holds right now, Toronto will be losing Michael Grabner, PA Parenteau, Brad Boyes, Raffi Torres, Rich Clune, Ben Smith, Colin Smith, and Sam Carrick to Free Agency. Peter Holland and Josh Leivo have been tendered qualifying offers and will continue to negotiate with the team. What’s good here is that Toronto has next to no long-term commitments: outside of ELC’s, only Nazem Kadri is being paid beyond 2017/18.

Left Defence Age Right Defence Age Goaltender Age
Andrew Campbell 28 Matt Hunwick 31 Jonathan Bernier 27
Jake Gardiner 25 Nikita Zaitsev 24 Frederik Andersen 26
Martin Marincin 24 Frank Corrado 23 Garret Sparks 23
Viktor Loov 23 Connor Carrick 22 Antoine Bibeau 22
Morgan Rielly 22 Rinat Valiev 21 Kasimir Kaskisuo 22
Andrew Nielsen 19 Travis Dermott 19  

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Likewise, Toronto will be losing TJ Brennan, Stuart Percy, and Alex Stalock, while they continue to negotiate with Martin Marincin, Frank Corrado, Connor Carrick, and Garret Sparks. Once again, Morgan Rielly (2021/22), Jake Gardiner (2018/19), and Frederik Andersen (2020/21) are the only ones with term attached to them.

Unsigned Draft Picks

Left Wing Age Centre Age Right Wing Age
Nolan Vesey 21 Dominic Toninato 22 Fabrice Herzog 21
Pierre Engvall 20 Dakota Joshua 20 JJ Piccinich 20
Martins Dzierkals 19 Adam Brooks 20 Jeremy Bracco 19
Vladimir Bobylyov 19 Auston Matthews 18 Nikita Korostelev 19
Jack Walker 19     Yegor Korshkov 19
Carl Grundstrom 18     Nikolai Chebykin 18

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The Leafs walked away from Tony Cameranesi this year, after giving him an Amateur Tryout with the Marlies and deciding that he wasn’t worth an entry level contract. They also continue to hold the rights of JJ Piccinich in spite of his age, thanks to him being technically drafted out of college. Fabrice Herzog is considered to be as good as gone, but players can sometimes come around; Leo Komarov was basically given up on for a long stretch, for example.

Left Defence Age Right Defence Age Goaltender Age
Stephen Desrocher 20 Jesper Lindgren 19 Joseph Woll 17
JD Greenway 18 Nicolas Mattinen 18    
Keaton Middleton 18      

Not a ton here, but it’s nice to see that Woll is the youngest player in the organization. They have a lot of time to develop him into the goaltender that they hope he is.

Toronto Marlies Extras

Forwards Age Defence Age
Mason Marchment 21 Nikolas Brouillard 21
Chase Witala 21 Ty Stanton 21
TJ Foster 24    
Shane Conacher 22  

The Marlies like to have a few extra players at their disposal, both for the sake of injuries and for the sake of filling up the Orlando Solar Bears. We may see some of the Eric Faille and Brady Vail-type players return before the end of the summer, or get replaced, but this is the group that was pre-committed to throughout the season. I watched Conacher play in Junior A and scouts believed him to be better than his brother Cory, but Cory didn’t exactly pan out after a cinderella AHL season. Brouillard had an interesting run to the Memorial Cup this year, and could be worth keeping an eye on.

Overall Look

Just some loose cap ends; the Leafs have $7 million in clear cap room at the moment, but have at least a $5.3M buffer in Nathan Horton’s LTIR, should they decide to exceed the cap. They can go as high as $7.3M over until opening night, at which point they can’t be higher than Horton’s cap hit.

It’s been speculated that Stephane Robidas will continue to sit out the end of his contract, and that the team might strongly suggest to Joffrey Lupul that he do the same. That’s another potential $8.25M in dead weight to either be concerned about our play with, depending on how you see the team.

Toronto also has to concern themselves with two more years of Tim Gleason’s buyout ($1.33M), and six more years of retaining Phil Kessel ($1.2M). Though, they have a $650,000 cap credit for buying out Jared Cowen this year.

Overall, though, the cupboards are full and the organization is younger than ever. Most of the system, even up top, is under the age of 25, and those that aren’t have by and large been linked to the trade block. It’ll be interesting to see if/how the Leafs try to add to, or remove from this pool in the coming weeks and months.

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  • Harold Ballard

    A lot of unfamiliar names (to me) but from what I do know, this looks good. Considering all the picks we have next year, all that’e left to do is start developing these kids.

  • Capt.Jay

    Doesn’t look like there’s much room for a Stamkos signing if we can’t be over the cap until opening night when those LTIR come into play. Or am I missing something?

    • Capt.Jay

      They currently have $14.3M until opening night and $11.3M afterward that can be used to sign players. That number can be increased if they use LTIR for Robidas and/or Lupul. That being said, they still have a number of RFAs to sign.

      • Jeremy Ian

        Here’s a helpful table:

        Starting in 2017-18, the number of RFAs spikes when all the prospects come off their first contracts. Hopefully, they can get the RFAs they now have on decent deals. In 2018-19 they face a cluster of Nylander, Rychel, Johnson, Soshnikov, Valiev, Gauthier, Lindberg. Not all of these guys can make the team, and one would expect some to get bundled into trades. And right around then, Lupul and Bozak roll off the books. As does Tim Gleason. (brilliant, Nonis).

        Jeff’s point is spot on; the roster is young, generally on good contracts, so they could do some very creative trading. Stamkos signing is definitely do-able, but it narrows the options.

  • Harold Ballard

    I am scared to be hopeful. Maybe it’s some kind of Pavlovian conditioning but this team has let the fans down too many times and FVCK their doing it again. Their making me hopeful, and it seems like we just keep climbing higher and higher which can make the descent that more painful but are we really on the right path for a Stanley Cup in the near future? All signs point to yes so far. If they can keep this up then who knows, they just might be abl….ah fvck they still have Bozak on the books.

  • Capt.Jay

    There sure is alot of chatter on Sportnet and TSN about some folks saying that a Stamkos signing is practically a done deal. Please don’t play with me ,.
    Mabel. P.S. That’s my wife’s name.

  • Will Murray

    I rarely pay attention to the salary cap beyond how much space we have. Every time I see the full list, I remember the Ghost of Christmas Past, Dave Nonis, and the dead cap weight he left behind.

  • Capt.Jay

    I remember the Ballard years and that photo up top captures the mood for sure. Everyone looks on edge and pissed off behind Ballards back as he did whatever he wanted and made whoever and whatever he wanted important. He truly thought he knew better and knew more than everyone else. He loved that dog and made it front and center In the pic before any player. They had such disdain and fear of him. He truly set this franchise behind decades. Even after his death future management tried in vein to hurry past his mistakes which cost the Leafs a proper rebuild. Those were the darkest of times, which says a lot.