Apr 5, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Troy Bodie (40) on the forecheck against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs Roster Preview: Troy Bodie

Background

Hailing from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Troy Bodie was re-signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the off-season to a one-year deal worth $600,000. Last season was Bodie’s first season with the Leafs and his first season in the NHL since 2010-2011 when he played for the Carolina Hurricanes. The majority of his professional career has been spent at the AHL level. One last tidbit of background information on Bodie: his father-in-law is Tim Leiweke. I’m not sure what this means for him or the Leafs, but it’s definitely interesting to note. (As the father-in-law leaves, does the son-in-law follow?)

Feb 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Troy Bodie (40) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Age: 29

Weight: 226

Height: 6-5

Position: Right wing

Number: 40

Birthplace: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

Contract Status: new one-year deal (UFA)

2013-2014 Season Recap

As mentioned, Bodie has only spent one season in a Leafs uniform – last season – where he recorded 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) and 26 penalty minutes across 46 games. Bodie also finished 13th on the team in hits (64), which is somewhat impressive considering he played just over half the season on the big club.

Strengths and Weaknesses

At 6-5 and 226 pounds, it should be fairly obvious that Bodie prefers the physical side of the game. His hands are best used in fights, not shootouts. He’s not the greatest skater on the team or the flashiest guy on the ice to watch, but he does bring a degree of energy and passion that few other members of the current Leafs roster can match. When Bodie’s going to hit you, he’s going to hit you hard.

2014-2015 Season Potential

Like Carter Ashton, it’s difficult to see where Bodie fits on the Leafs moving forward. Given the number of other new additions to the roster, my bet is Bodie either finds himself skating as the extra forward or he rejoins the Toronto Marlies where he spent part of the 2009-2010 season and resumes his AHL career. His contract makes him easily expendable and his absence wouldn’t really be felt by the team (Leo Komarov will be the hit machine this coming season). Having said this, Bodie has more offensive upside as a purely physical presence on the team than Colton Orr and this might be how he finds his roster spot – a spot at Orr’s expense. (I wouldn’t challenge Orr, but I’m 5-6.)

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