Years With Leafs: 4
It was another injury-riddled year for forward Joffrey Lupul who only managed to play 69 games with the Leafs this past season, posting 22 goals and 44 points while posting a high shooting percentage at 11.5. While he did produce with 44 points you wonder what he could have done had he stayed healthy throughout the whole season or at least the majority of it. Ever since he injured his back when he was playing for the Ducks, Lupul has had a series of serious and lengthy injuries, especially concussions. But, when healthy, he has proven he can be one of the Leafs’ best offensive players with a career average of 0.64 points per game.
I don’t expect anything less than solid offensive production from Lupul next season. Health is always a concern. But playing with a growing skilled player like Kadri who is for sure a player to watch next year, and David Clarkson who, after his worst year as a player, should be able to improve, could help Lupul hit another high level of production.
Big Question: Will Lupul’s numbers improve?
Again, it all depends on how healthy Lupul is heading into the season and during the season. We can be sure that he will produce respectfully and to the norm but after putting up 61 points in 2011-12, we all know that with a full year of health Lupul could be a 60-point guy. He’ll hopefully continue to develop chemistry with Kadri as they have shown before. The Leafs have made changes to the front office and it seems like a new regime is taking over the helm so it is up to Lupul and others to produce. In short, Lupul is too good and talented to have anything short of a productive season that hopefully propels the Leafs to a better finish than last year.