I am probably overstating that somewhat, I'm sure the coaching staff has a better picture in mind than I do, but they sure do have a lot of candidates for positions, if someone was to fall of the map a little bit in camp or even at the start of the regular season. The scoring may not be very deep, which will limit the amount of landmines that can be run over with bad picks, but I would still tread lightly.
What has already been penciled in for the start of the season is the understanding that J-S Giguere will be the starter, but I wouldn't be surprised if that changed at all. Not so much with some of the talent below, but with Jonas Gustavsson to start the year.
Plenty of questions surround the forwards and the defense as well, like who will stay and who will go, but I won't be getting into that argument right now. I think its lengthy and I'm going to let the coaching staff determine most of those questions before I even ask.
|Phil Kessel||Tomas Kaberle||Jonas Gustavsson|
|Kris Versteeg||Dion Phaneuf||J-S Giguere|
|Nikolai Kulemin||Francois Beauchemin|
|Clarke MacArthur||Luke Schenn|
|Mikhail Grabovski||Carl Gunnarsson|
|Colby Armstrong||Jeff Finger|
|Tyler Bozak||Brett Lebda|
|Fredrik Sjostrom||Mike Komisarek|
|Daryl Boyce||Keith Aulie||Andrew Engelage|
|Tim Brent||Jesse Blacker||James Reimer|
|Luca Caputi||Mike Brennan||Jussi Rynnas|
|Sam Carrick||Josh Engel||Ben Scrivens|
|Joey Crabb||Simon Gysbers|
|Andrew Crescenzi||Korbinian Holzer|
|Jerry D'Amigo||Matt Lashoff|
|Jamie Devane||Juraj Mikus|
|Alex Foster||Drew Paris|
|Richard Greenop||Danny Richmond|
|Ryan Hamilton||Barron Smith|
No matter which question you tend to ask, everything really stems back into the salary cap questions, because as it stands, the Maple Leafs have a Summer roster of 21 players above, a buyout and a cap penalty, which brings their annual cap projection up to $60 million. That puts them $600,000 over the salary cap ceiling, which could be manipulated through call-ups and assignments to the minors, but it might not sit well with the often-busy general manager, who might be in for a busy year with trades and other such deals. Something will need to happen for this all to work out and I don't think its out of the question that it will be something bigger to allow for more moves.
I may not stray away from Maple Leafs, more of the sure things for points, but even still, I won't be out to give them more points than they deserve in an effort to get them before any other player in the league. I like what Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle bring to the table, but in Toronto, I don't believe that they will have what it takes to blow anyone away on the scoresheet. Some of their depth players might surprise and be good depth scorers, but I think "great" is out of the thought process completely.