A couple of days ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed David Booth to a one-year contract, hidden behind all the talk of the Leafs’ new general manager Kyle Dubas.
A lot of people have said that this move is similar to the Leafs bringing in Mason Raymond at a bargain price and hoping for the best. It worked with Raymond, now we just have to see if it can happen again with Booth.
However, unlike Raymond, Booth has been rather injury-prone for the last couple seasons. His last full-season was the 2010-11 season. Speaking to TSN 1050(h/t to NHL.com), this is what Booth had to say about overcoming that.
“It’s been a little bit tougher the past couple years, with some injuries, setbacks that I’ve had… I’ve stayed positive through them all. … I thought I was playing some good hockey there toward the end of the year … and I’ve had a great summer of training, been healthy, and really excited to get a start here in Toronto.”
Booth finished strong in Vancouver with six points in his last 10 games.
“I was playing better hockey there than the past couple seasons. So that was encouraging, sticking with it, and just making it through there and being able to skate again, and play again… I hope that will carry over with a strong summer here and really get ready for Toronto.”
So the question is, where does he fit in the Leafs’ lineup. He’s a natural left winger and the first real “up for competition” spot is on the third-line. However, if he were to move to the right side, he might be able to usurp David Clarkson as the second-line right winger. Booth looks to come into training camp looking to earn whatever spot he gets.
“I don’t really want anyone to tell me where I’m going to be playing, I want to be able to earn that spot and be able to prove where I belong… I think everyone coming into training camp feels the same way… I think if I can stay healthy and [work hard], it will show in my game… I’ll be able to prove that I can play in this League again.”
Will David Booth prove to be another bargain-basement signing? We’ll have to wait to find out.