The Toronto Maple Leafs\’ off-season is one that Leafs\’ fans will remember. The signings of LW Matt Martin and D Roman Polak is not the big part. The big part was when the Leafs drafted C Auston Matthews with the first overall pick to be their franchise Center. They also finally got a legitimate starting goalie when they acquired Fredrick Anderson from the Ducks. Both their goalies from last year, James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier are gone, Anderson and newly acquired G Jhonas Enroth will be the goalies.
Youngsters Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner are looking to have good rookie years. Veterans James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov lead an offense that mostly is depth. Anderson and Enroth should have good first years in Toronto.
In the first round of the 2016 NHL draft, the Maple Leafs selected C Auston Matthews with the first overall pick. Matthews impressed many at the world cup and he is going to be a franchise center for the Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs\’ projected lines look like this:
Milan Michalek- Nazem Kadri- Leo Komarov
James van Riemsdyk- Tyler Bozak- Mitchell Marner
Zach Hyman- Auston Matthews- William Nylander
Matt Martin- Peter Holland- Connor Brown
On defense is:
Morgan Rielly- Martin Marincin
Jake Gardiner- Roman Polak
Matt Hunwick- Connor Carrick
In net is Fredrick Anderson and Jhonas Enroth.
F Josh Leivo and D Nikita Zaitsev and F Seth Griffith are scratched. RW Joffrey Lupul and D Stephane Robidas are injured.
Finally, for my prediction, the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team quickly on the rise, will not make the playoffs in 2016-17 but will have a bright future.