Look, I know all of you are spamming F5 on your keyboard or sliding the screen on your phone or tablet downward to trigger the refresh on your internet timelines, but it’s Saturday Morning, so we may as well give you some work from the week that was to read while waiting for the next big move. Here are the five players that we covered in our Season in Review Series this week
There’s nothing to hype about his NHL season. He’s a tweener player that was put in a situation that he had no business trying to handle, performed incredibly unspectacularly, and now will probably be player looked at least affectionately when we remember an otherwise massive leap forward for the team. -Jeff Veillette
Leo is also a noted leader in the dressing room, as Babcock has chosen to indicated by giving him an A on his jersey for parts of this year. Good, personable leaders may have a limited impact on the ice, but having a valuable role player be likeable and willing to push for every inch of ability out of his teammates can’t be a bad thing. -Ryan Hobart
Head coach Mike Babcock has repeatedly talked up how much he likes Martin, evidenced by the fact he didn’t miss a single game all year. While he’ll never win any scoring titles, if there’s still a spot on the roster for a “goon”, “pest”, “enforcer”, or whatever else you want to call it, Martin occupies that role and does a decent enough job of it. He does what he’s asked, is well liked by his teammates, and whether or not you want to attribute it to him, the Leafs didn’t see any real cheap shots taken at their stars this year. -Adam Laskaris
Again, he’s been fine. But for a team looking to take a step forward and trying to eventually shore up a contender-worthy back-end, Marincin isn’t going to be much of an answer in that respect. He’s a bottom pairing-to-seventh defenceman, and at 25-years-old, that’s likely all he’ll ever be. -Ryan Fancey
With that in mind, he’d have to take somebody’s spot in the higher parts of the lineup. Could they have maybe swapped him and Zach Hyman around? Perhaps. But pulling down William Nylander, Mitch Marner, James van Riemsdyk, Connor Brown, or Leo Komarov would’ve been a tough task.
Ultimately, Leivo’s weakness is abundance and unpredictability. With 18 points in 41 career games, he’s probably suitable as a depth scorer, but the room isn’t here. -Jeff Veillette
Check back Monday as we continue to soldier on through the lineup. You can also check out Week 1 and Week 2, if you’re very far behind on the series. It’s okay, I’m that way with television, so I can’t blame you much if that’s the case.