David Booth joined the Toronto Maple Leafs this off-season on the basis of a one-year deal worth $1.1 million. Prior to this, Booth spent three injury-plagued seasons with the Vancouver Canucks where he was limited to 51 points (26 goals, 25 assists) across 134 games in total. He’s best known, however, for his time with the Florida Panther where he was a regular offensive contributor, registering a career-high 60 points (31 goals, 29 assists) during the 2008-2009 campaign.
Position: Left wing
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Contract Status: new one-year deal (UFA)
2013-2014 Season Recap
Like the Canucks in general, last season was a season to forget for Booth. He was limited to 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 66 games due to injuries. This made the decision to buy out the remaining year on his contract and part company with him a relatively easy one for Vancouver.
Strengths and Weaknesses
There’s no denying that Booth is capable of putting together some good offensive numbers: he’s a talented player who can help most teams in this department. Unfortunately, it’s his health – an issue that he can’t really control – that’s stands as the greatest mark against him. You simply never know how long he’ll remain healthy and in the lineup. He’s a decent secondary option in the faceoff circle (56.5% last season) and generates a fair amount of shots (117 last season) for someone who plays third-line minutes (13:28 last season) at this point in his career.
2014-2015 Season Potential
Booth is one of the true wild cards on the Leafs heading into next season. If he’s able to remain healthy, he’d be a solid lock on the third line and could see some time on the power play as well. Otherwise, he could fall to the fourth line or find himself sitting in the press box. Booth won’t displace James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul as the two top left wingers on the team, but an opportunity on the second line could even present itself if Lupul – another perennial injury victim – misses any time himself.
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