Toronto Maple Leafs Preview: 2014-2015 Line Combinations

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Mar 18, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul (19), left wing Mason Raymond (12) and Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) celebrate after a goal in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit Red Wings defeated Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ training camp will feature legitimate battles for jobs throughout the lineup this season.

For fans and analysts, this is exciting. How will the roster shape up for next season?

A look at NHL.com’s projected lineup for the Toronto Maple Leafs is in line with many pre-season predictions. Recognizable names like David Booth, Daniel Winnik and Leo Komarov will battle for depth-chart spots. Established stalwarts like Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak slot into the defensive pairings.

Exciting, right?

Problem is, these projections (written by Corey Masisak) failed to consider two things.

Toronto Maple Leafs Projected Lineup NHL.com

Apr 14, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Newly appointed Toronto Maple Leafs president and alternate governor Brendan Shanahan (left) talks with TSN broadcaster Rod Black (right) during a break in the action of a game between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

First, Brendan Shanahan has been clear about giving prospects a chance to make the lineup.

Second, Brendan Shanahan never lies.

He promised a culture change and proceeded to fire all the assistant coaches and assistant GMs. Then, he hired an entire analytics department. This, just a year after the Toronto Maple Leafs declined to spend their analytics budget.

Sounds downright cultural to me.

Let’s take a look at NHL.com’s projected depth charts for the Toronto Maple Leafs next season.

Keep Brendan Shanahan’s words in mind. It should be possible to see which established NHLers are in danger of losing their roster spots to younger players this coming season.

Let’s start with the forwards…

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