Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by McMatthews, Sep 1, 2014.
finally he's getting a shot. Best of luck to him, he's earned it
Leivo's in a tough spot. He's got a nice skill set and good size, could probably be a solid 2nd or 3rd line winger on a decent number of NHL teams, but Toronto has quite good winger depth. We've got 11 wingers who probably "should" be NHL regulars (Nylander, Marner, Marleau, Hyman, JvR, Brown, Kapanen, Komarov, Leivo, Martin, Johnsson), but only 8 spots. Tough for Leivo to earn a consistent spot, especially when he's not a great fit on a 4th line.
Johnsson is IMO a better fit for the 4th line than Leivo, and I personally think he's got higher overall upside too, but it'll be very tough for him to stick on the team this year, I do expect him to be sent down once Matthews is back. For Johnsson to keep his spot when Matthews is back, he has to beat out Leivo, Martin AND one of Komarov/Kapanen/Brown, which I think is unlikely (Kapanen has been excellent, Komarov and Brown I've been less psyched about, but Babs seems to love what they bring).
If we let JvR and Komarov walk, and trade Martin, it'll be much easier for both Leivo and Johnsson to stick next year, but those are significant "ifs".
Babcock has no time for Leivo.
He's gone in the summer.
Just posted this on the Leaf's page, but it makes me smile so I hope it makes you smile too. This GIF had me hyped on Johnsson a while back.
Or he isn't. I mean he is already signed for next season lol.
He sat for 40+ straight games.
If you're going to burn a roster spot with a guy, at least make sure you can use him.
Babcock will make sure they move Leivo.
Leivo won't stand in the way of Johnsson or even Grundstrom.
Grundstrom won't have a roster spot next year. Leivo and Johnsson could realistically slide in and replace JVR and Komorov next year. I think it is kind of silly to think that just because they prefer other players over Leivo to think that means they don't value him at all. They wouldn't have protected him in the expansion draft....or extended him if they didn't value him. This isn't to say I absolutely think he will be here next year either but it is far to premature to say he is absolutely out the door.
Scored his first NHL-goal! That smile!
1. Leivo is gone IMO, even if it doesn't seem like much they could find a spare forward and save 250-300k. I think he is moved in the off-season .
2. Congrats Johnsson.
What's his projection long term? Middle six winger who can pot 15-20 goals?
Sounds about right to me.