For the month of August, Editor In Leaf will take a look at the Toronto Maple Leafs roster, previewing what could happen in the 2014-15 NHL season. Next up is Troy Bodie.
Position: Left Wing
Years with Leafs: 1 (though he did play 16 games with the Toronto Marlies during the 2009-10 season)
Troy Bodie was brought on board last year by the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending the past two seasons in the American Hockey League.
The 29-year-old journeyman wound up impressing the Leafs’ coaching staff enough for him to appear in 47 games for the Buds. As a bottom-six, gritty type of forward, Bodie provided energy and was always willing to forecheck and throw a hit during his time on the ice.
This year is sure to be a different story though.
With Toronto shifting away from a tough-as-nails philosophy when it comes to their bottom-six forwards and more towards depth scoring and puck possession, Bodie could find himself on the outside looking in.
The fact that the organization brought in so many forwards that will serve as direct competition for his roster spot—Mike Santorelli, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Daniel Winnik, David Booth—doesn’t bode well for Bodie either.
His 10 points in 47 games—which extrapolates to about 17 points over 82 games—is simply not the type of production the Leafs will be looking for from their depth forwards moving forward. With Santorelli, Winnik and Booth all the same age or a year younger, and all having more NHL experience under their belts, Bodie’s chances of making this team have severely diminished.
Don’t forget the fact that Toronto brought back Komarov on a deal worth nearly $3 million a season, almost certainly guaranteeing him a spot, barring injury.
Big Question: How much time will Bodie spend with the big club in 2014-15?
All things considered, I’d say that Bodie is destined to start the 2014-15 campaign just west of the Air Canada Centre with the Marlies.
Bodie may have to find a way to assert himself as more than just a grinder with the minor-league Marlies if he wants to make it back to the NHL. Even an injury to a forward wouldn’t guarantee a return. With Peter Holland or Matt Frattin also likely to begin the year in the AHL, Bodie probably isn’t even first in line to make the should someone go down.
I’d estimate Bodie plays no more than 20 games with the club this season.
Hopefully for his sake, he’s able to add another dimension to his game. After all, it is a contract year for the soon-to-be 30-year-old.
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