Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis announces William Nylander (not pictured) as the number eight overall pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NHL Free Agency: Toronto Maple Leafs Depth Chart


Well, over the first three days of free agency, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made a few moves that for the most part have remodeled the look of their defense and their bottom-six forwards.

To go along with Roman Polak, acquired by the Leafs on day two of the NHL Draft, the Leafs have brought in four new players. They signed defenseman Stephane Robidas and former Leaf winger Leo Komarov on July 1 while trading for another former Leaf in Matt Frattin. Today, the Leafs once again looked to the KHL for another Finnish player in Petri Kontiola.

Komarov and Pontiola could take up spots on the third line while Frattin now seems destined for the fourth line. Polak and Robidas will each probably be a defense partner for one of Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner. That would leave either restricted free agent Cody Franson or rookie Petter Granberg to play with captain Dion Phaneuf. That is, unless the Leafs make more moves with the defense.

Here’s how I see the Leafs lines shaping up as the roster stands now.

Forwards

James van RiemsdykTyler BozakPhil Kessel

Joffrey LupulNazem KadriDavid Clarkson

Leo KomarovPeter Holland (RFA)- Petri Kontiola

Frazer McLaren – Frederik Gauthier – Matt Frattin

Extras: Carter Ashton, Colton Orr

Defense

Dion PhaneufCody Franson (RFA)

Stephane RobidasMorgan Rielly

Roman PolakJake Gardiner (RFA)

Extra: Petter Granberg

Goalies

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer (RFA)

If the Leafs don’t want to bring up Gauthier just yet, they will have to bring in another center. Kontiola could play center but also can play right wing and might have chemistry with Komarov since they were on the 2014 Finnish Olympic team together. They could bring back Trevor Smith or look at some of the remaining free agents, such as David Legwand.

If Franson remains with the Leafs and bounces back from last year’s lackluster effort or Granberg takes his job and runs with it, then the Leafs defense doesn’t look too bad right now. With the goaltending, the Leafs of course have to deal with the James Reimer situation. Either the Leafs will trade him and look for a veteran replacement (since Drew MacIntyre signed in Carolina), or they will convince him to stick around for at least another season and maybe trade him at the Trade Deadline.

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3 Comments on 2014 NHL Free Agency: Toronto Maple Leafs Depth Chart

  1. Stan Smith says:

    My thinking would be that they signed Kontiola as a depth centre. If he makes the team great, but if he doesn’t, they would save most of his contract on the cap by sending him to AHL . One thing I don’t know is if he would have to clear wavers.

    I hope Clarkson has a bounce back year and ends up on the 2nd line but their is some chemistry with Frattin there too.

    I also think that with the way Nonis was talking on July 1st that Gardiner would step up and take Gunnarson’s spot alongside Phaneuf, unless they do move Dionne over the the left side, which he mentioned as an option too. I would think that Rielly would play on 2nd pairing with Robidas or Polak, and Franson, if he isn’t dealt, would drop to bottom two. I actually think that Franson might get dealt and Granberg might get his chance.

    This might be out there a bit but I would be interested in finding out if Franson has ever played forward. I know it was speculated about moving Gardiner up, but I would wonder how Franson would do on the wing. He can handle the puck, has size and can hit. He might be able to help them with their cycle game as well as be a big body in front of the net.

    It will be interesting to see how Carlyle uses his fourth line and whether or not Orr or McLaren dress much. My feeling is that Carlyle will be pressured to have a fourth line that is capable of playing more.

    You never know, with the question marks this team has there just might be a deal in the works that blows everything up.

    • Peter Hefner says:

      Coach Carlisle doesn’t use the4th line he overworked the top line! And he has Orr and McLaren to do the goonery last year wasted roster players! Need all 4lines to play consistently!

  2. shamefultofan says:

    who r u fooling nonis… hopefully ur day’s r numbered …should have been fired after that insane contract u gave phaneuf …

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