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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #30 on: July 31, 2021, 10:24:52 AM »
No line projections yet?
Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Kase
Bunting-Spezza-Simmonds
Thornton-Matthews-Marner
Vesey-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kerfoot-Hyman
Barabanov-Spezza-Simmonds

A lot of things could be moved around but this is how I'd like to see it started.

edit: added how we started last season for comparison.

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2021, 10:27:49 AM »
Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Kase
Bunting-Spezza-Simmonds

Woof. I'm really not sure about that bottom 6. The fact that this team seemingly doesn't have any 22 or 23 year old guys from in-house beating down the door to be on that third line is a real weak spot.
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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #32 on: July 31, 2021, 10:31:40 AM »
Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Kase
Bunting-Spezza-Simmonds

Woof. I'm really not sure about that bottom 6. The fact that this team seemingly doesn't have any 22 or 23 year old guys from in-house beating down the door to be on that third line is a real weak spot.

I'm wondering if it's Engvall, Kase, and Mikheyev fighting for spots with Brooks and Robertson.

It's really a disappointment that the Marlies couldn't provide a couple of guys on ELCs to help out their cap situation in the bottom six.

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #33 on: July 31, 2021, 10:48:00 AM »
Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Kase
Bunting-Spezza-Simmonds

Woof. I'm really not sure about that bottom 6. The fact that this team seemingly doesn't have any 22 or 23 year old guys from in-house beating down the door to be on that third line is a real weak spot.

Praying Bozak gets something stupid like $4mil to make me less angry about how much better the 3rd line would look with him on it.

I think the 4th line could provide a lot of energy and a little more consistent goal scoring from the bottom-6 than we're used to though.

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2021, 10:59:20 AM »
Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Kase
Bunting-Spezza-Simmonds

Woof. I'm really not sure about that bottom 6. The fact that this team seemingly doesn't have any 22 or 23 year old guys from in-house beating down the door to be on that third line is a real weak spot.

Praying Bozak gets something stupid like $4mil to make me less angry about how much better the 3rd line would look with him on it.

I think the 4th line could provide a lot of energy and a little more consistent goal scoring from the bottom-6 than we're used to though.
Where is Robertson in all this?
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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2021, 10:59:33 AM »
Kase may not even play though.  He's only played 9 games over the last two seasons.  Seems to me he is as likely to head to LTI as is to play.
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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #36 on: July 31, 2021, 11:02:12 AM »
Kase may not even play though.  He's only played 9 games over the last two seasons.  Seems to me he is as likely to head to LTI as is to play.

It's possible that's how his season ends but the Leafs wouldn't have signed him if he wasn't healthy enough to start the season.

Also Kase played 58 games in 19/20. The 6 you're seeing was just from Boston, but he played 49 with Anaheim prior to being traded there.

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #37 on: July 31, 2021, 11:25:32 AM »
Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Kase
Bunting-Spezza-Simmonds

Woof. I'm really not sure about that bottom 6. The fact that this team seemingly doesn't have any 22 or 23 year old guys from in-house beating down the door to be on that third line is a real weak spot.

Praying Bozak gets something stupid like $4mil to make me less angry about how much better the 3rd line would look with him on it.

I think the 4th line could provide a lot of energy and a little more consistent goal scoring from the bottom-6 than we're used to though.
Where is Robertson in all this?
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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2021, 11:27:27 AM »
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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #39 on: July 31, 2021, 11:33:49 AM »
Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Kase
Bunting-Spezza-Simmonds

Woof. I'm really not sure about that bottom 6. The fact that this team seemingly doesn't have any 22 or 23 year old guys from in-house beating down the door to be on that third line is a real weak spot.

that bottom 6 looks terrible...maybe get 35 goals out of all 6 of them?

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #40 on: July 31, 2021, 11:53:53 AM »
Where is Robertson in all this?

Come October Robertson will be 20 years old and have played in a grand total of 31 meaningful hockey games over the previous 19 months (4 in the bubble, 6 in the NHL, 21 in the AHL). And even adjusting for competition/expectation I don't think he really excelled in any of those. I don't think that means he's a bad prospect or anything, but Covid and injuries have stalled his development a little bit so throwing him into the NHL right away this season would be mistake. Maybe he spends half a season in the AHL and if he's dominating and one of the bets we've made haven't worked out he can get a shot then. But in an ideal world I think the plan for him would be to spend 21/22 in the AHL and then in 2022 he's ready to take Kerfoot's spot in the top-6 after we deal him for cap relief.

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #41 on: July 31, 2021, 11:56:33 AM »
that bottom 6 looks terrible...maybe get 35 goals out of all 6 of them?

Mikheyev, Spezza, and Simmonds alone scored a combined 40 goals at an 82-game pace last season.

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #42 on: July 31, 2021, 12:21:12 PM »
How about this if you want to give herman's lad a chance to drive his own line?

Ritchie-Matthews-Marner                     
Kerfoot-Tavares-Robertson
Bunting-Spezza-Nylander
Mikheyev-Kampf-Simmonds

or flip Marner & Robertson

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #43 on: July 31, 2021, 12:21:38 PM »
that bottom 6 looks terrible...maybe get 35 goals out of all 6 of them?

Mikheyev, Spezza, and Simmonds alone scored a combined 40 goals at an 82-game pace last season.

Yeah but I don't expect Simmonds and Spezza (especially) to improve or even maintain going forward

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Re: Leafs sign Nick Ritchie - 2 years x 2.5M
« Reply #44 on: July 31, 2021, 12:28:48 PM »

Yeah, it feels like any real offense from that bottom 6 is depending heavily on Spezza continuing to be able to fight off Father Time.
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