The NHL Season is quickly approaching, with that in mind we’re going to take a look at who is (likely) to be on the Leafs roster come October 1 in Montreal. Contract numbers via CapGeek.com; Regular Stats via Hockey-reference.com; Nerd stats via behindthenet.ca. For the rest of our Player Previews go here.
Frazer McLaren, No. 38, left wing | 6’5″, 230 LBS | 25-years old.
ToT Approved Nicknames:
The Face Puncher
4 NHL seasons, 3 with San Jose, 75 career games
$700,000 per season through 2014-2015
75 GP 4 Goals 7 Assists 11 Points 187 PIM
35 GP 3 Goals 2 Assists 8 Points
On-ice Corsi -27.45; PDO: 1041
You Oughta Know:
Frazer McLaren is a bad man, and you don’t want to mess with him:
Frazer McLaren was claimed on waivers by the Maple Leafs on January 31, 2013 when they realized early in the lockout shortened season that while most of the NHL has moved on from employing a player dedicated solely to punching faces, they just had to have two of them.
McLaren did exactly what he was expected to do, he played 5:09 per game and averaged almost 3 PIM per game, that equals not a lot of hockey playing and a whole lot of face punching. If the Leafs didn’t already have Colton Orr gooning it up while doing not much else McClaren’s roster spot might not be so frustrating.
What to Expect:
McLaren will once again skate on the 4th line with Colton Orr, centred by the poor Jay McClement whom will at least escape a few times a game to kill penalties. McLaren will be on the ice for around 5 minutes per game, almost all of which will consist of him finding a dance partner that will allow him to head over to the sin bin for a 5 minute reprieve.
While McLaren chipped in a surprising 3 goals in last years lockout shortened season (2 game winners!), he will be lucky to end up with that total this year in a full season. He seems like a swell guy, but I would really prefer that the Leafs would carry just one goon (actually could they just drop the whole enforcer thing?), but alas as long as Randy Carlyle is coach the Face Punchers are here to stay.