Over the course of the off-season, the Toronto Maple Leafs made more than a few changes to their roster. They let most of their unrestricted free agents go and signed a couple new ones, to go along with one trade. New players wearing the Maple Leafs are: David Booth, Matt Frattin, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Roman Polak, Stephane Robidas, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik.
Now the question is who will have the biggest impact?
Booth is the only addition that has a past history of being very good offensively, but that was quite a few seasons ago. If he can overcome his injury problems he has the potential to be just as big a bargain as Mason Raymond was last season.
Komarov and Frattin return to the Leafs after one-season abscences. Both of them could produce points, but will probably be counted on more for defensive roles. Kontiola is the wild card since he has spent the last five seasons in the KHL after being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004. Winnik should help on the penalty kill more than anything else.
On the blueline, Polak and Robidas are veteran additions to help guide the Leafs’ young defensemen, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner. Robidas will more than likely be playing with Gardiner while Polak could end up playing with captain Dion Phaneuf to free him up to play more offensively.
Every one of the new Leafs should help improve the Leafs in their own way, but who will do it best?
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