2021-22 Team Preview – Toronto Maple Leafs

2020-21

Record: 35-14-7 77 points – 1st Place in the Scotia North Division

Playoffs: Lost to Montreal in the First Round

Key Losses

G – Frederik Andersen, F – Zach Hyman, F – Joe Thornton, D – Zach Bogosian, F – Nick Foligno, F – Alex Galchenyuk, G – David Rittich

Key Additions

G – Petr Mrazek, F – Nick Ritchie, F – David Kampf, F – Ondrej Kase, F – Michael Bunting, F – Kurtis Gabriel

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2021-22 Preview

After yet another disappointing first round exit from the playoffs, the Toronto Maple Leafs did a little tweaking to their lineup. In net is Petr Mrazek in place of Frederik Andersen. Jack Campbell will be looked too for the starting goalie duties, but Mrazek has shown that when healthy he can be a capable starting goalie as well. I definitely see Mrazek taking the starting duties if he has a strong camp.

On defense they had no changes to their starting six. They will need to step it up and play a stronger overall game in both their zone and in the offensive zone.

On offense, if you can’t beat them, sign them. The additions of David Kampf, Nick Ritchie, and Ondrej Kase from the Boston Bruins via free agency gives the Leafs some fresh new depth to their lineup. Gone are Zach Hyman, Joe Thornton, and Nick Foligno, but those three leaving are more to the benefit than that of a loss. The additions bring more depth and are younger too compared to the ones that have departed (minus Hyman of course). Being back in the Atlantic Division, the Leafs will be faced with a more challenging scheduled compared to last season, and this new offensive depth will suit them a lot better.

Projected Lineup

Nick Ritchie — Auston Matthews — Mitchell Marner

Alexander Kerfoot — John Tavares — William Nylander

Michael Bunting — David Kampf — Ilya Mikheyev

Wayne Simmonds — Jason Spezza — Nicholas Robertson

Morgan Rielly — TJ Brodie

Jake Muzzin — Justin Holl

Rasmus Sandin — Travis Dermott

Jack Campbell

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