The Toronto Maple Leafs announced they have signed veteran forward David Booth to a one-year deal worth $1.1-million. The Leafs did well signing him on the cheap as they don’t have much cap space left, and Booth struggled last year with the Vancouver Canucks, tallying only 9 goals and 19 points in 66 games.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 22, 2014
Booth contract is $1.1-million. So no risk.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) July 22, 2014
This should be considered more of a depth move than anything else for the Leafs’ forward group. Reports out of Vancouver suggested injuries really affected his burst and offensive talents that made him a one-time 30-goal scorer for the Florida Panthers. He’s still a strong possession and defensive player, two attributes the Leafs sorely lack.
The Booth signing likely means William Nylander won’t be on the big club, but anything could happen if he continues to impress and proves he belongs in training camp. It would be great to see Nylander up but at least if he is sent down there is a player who does have talent that can potentially fill a spot.
Here are Booth’s advanced stats courtesy of Extra Skater. He’s had a Corsi percentage above 50 per cent every year of his career (meaning his team has produced the majority of shot attempts while he’s on the ice), and he even broke 60 per cent during the shortened season.