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