Northeast breakdown: Toronto Maple Leafs

Northeast breakdown: Toronto Maple Leafs
September 7, 2012, 12:47 pm
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Today concludes our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference and the changes they made in the offseason.

This week: Northeast Division. Today: Toronto Maple Leafs

20011-12 Record: 35-37-10, 80 points

Where they finished: 4th in Northeast; 13th in East; 26th in NHL

Coach: Randy Carlyle, 2nd season

Key arrivals: LWC James van Riemsdyk, C Jay McClement

Key departures: D Luke Schenn, G Jonas Gustavsson, RW Colby Armstrong, RW Joey Crabb

Projected lineup

Joffrey Lupul - James van Riemsdyk - Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur - Mikhail Grabovski - Nikolai Kulemin
Nazem Kadri - Tyler Bozak - Matt Frattin
Matthew Lombardi - Jay McClement - Tim Connolly
David Steckel

Dion Phaneuf - Carl Gunnarsson
Jake Gardiner - Korbinian Holzer
John-Michael Liles - Mike Komisarek
Cody Franson

James Reimer - Ben Scrivens

Our Take: The Maple Leafs biggest move of the offseason came when they acquired forward James van Riemsdyk from the Flyers for defenseman Luke Schenn. Concussion symptoms limited van Riemsdyk to 43 games and 11 goals last season but he was taken second overall in 2007 and the Leafs, who will move van Riemsdyk from left wing to center, believe he has 30-goal potential. The Leafs should have enough offense, but their defense is unproven and 24-year-old goaltender James Riemer is coming off a 14-14-4 record last season. If Randy Carlyle can cut down on the goals against and Riemer is solid, the Leafs have a shot at creeping into playoff contention. If not, theyll be looking at an eighth straight spring without a playoff game.

Offseason grade: C

Will they make the 2013 playoffs? No.

Projected finish: 14th in East

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