BigTuna wrote: Strangelove wrote:
Decent? Then why was it second best in the entire NHL?
You haven't been listening.
Oh I've been listening it's just an opinion that is wrong. You believe Reimer had some out-of-nowhere fluke season, when in fact he had the same season as a rookie two years ago. Two of his first 3 NHL seasons have sen him post over .920 save% He's a very good young goalie.
And Bernier had great numbers himself last season and is an improvement over Scrivens.
James Reimer 33 76 2.46 995 .924 4
Jonathan Bernier 14 24 1.88 306 .922 1
And their both only 25 years-old. The Leafs are set for years in net with two of the better young goalies in the NHL.
Reimer hasn't even played a full season yet. 37 games is the most he's seen at the NHL level. He's unproven.
Toronto's success or failure does not rest in the crease. It hinges on their weak blueline and paltry talent at center.
They are banking heavily on Bozak taking the next step the way Kesler did around the same age. But Bozak hasn't had the luxury of being surrounded by the same level if skill and experience that Kes had.
Kadri remains unsigned and they are going to have to move someone or let Franson go to keep Kadri.
Bolland is apparently going to be asked to play a top 2 center role now. Nonis is counting on a guy who has benefited from playing with some of the most talented forwards in the league, as a third line shutdown center, to be able to step up and be a key piece of the offensive strategy and move into a scoring role. Good luck with that.
McClement is a serviceable fourth liner at best.
Trevor Smith is a 28 year old with 24 games of NHL experience.
Hmmmm.....definitely a powerhouse in the making down the middle. Let's look at the blueline now.
Phaneuf is an overpaid top 3 dman. He's like a more physically dynamic version of Edler but even more inconsistent mentally. The Leafs think he's their best choice for captain and anchor on the back end.
Lilies is washed up and small.
Ranger is a reclamation project.
Fraser is a physical stay home guy who is reliable in the #6 spot.
Gunnarsson, welli don't know much about him, but his stats aren't exactly spectacular. I'm guessing his a bottom pairing guy, a number 4 at best.
Gardiner is still young and a bright spot on that team, but he's not going to carry the blueline.
Marshall, ummm who now? Who cares, 10 games under his belt.
Brennan, never heard of him.
Franson is unsigned and should be a priority for Nonis, he should be in their top 3, but now they have to figure out who to move, or make the decision between him and Kadri.
Nonis has totally screwed things up this off-season. He should have locked up both of his young RFAs before blowing his wad on Bozak, Bolland, and Clarkson.