8. Tyler Bozak
Mar 29, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) skates with the puck against the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre. The Red Wings beat the Maple Leafs 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Why did I rank Tyler Bozak below Jake Gardiner even though NHL.com ranks Tyler Bozak 181th overall? It is simple, I am worried that Tyler Bozak is becoming an injury concern. He missed a significant amount of time last season playing only 58 games and was injured during the playoff series against the Boston Bruins because of his heavy workload. Before camp began this year Bozak was already dealing with an injury but he is expected to play in the preseason. This does not make me confident in believing that Bozak can play 75+ games this season. However he did score a career high 19 goals and 49 points last season but he still has not considered an elite centermen.
Hopefully he can try to stay healthy and give the Leafs some stability down the middle because it was unsettling to see Jay McClemment play close to 20 minutes in order to fill the void left by Bozak. The Leafs did bring in better depth players to ease the workload that the top players. The other concern for Bozak’s fantasy value is that Nazem Kadri will make a case to play on the top line with Kessel, if that happens Bozak will move to the second line. If he can play at least 70 games with Phil Kessel then he should be able to get 50-60 points but it all depends on his health and desire to produce offensively.