After the NHL draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season that begins Oct. 7. Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs:
2021-22 season: 54-21-7, second in Atlantic Division; first-round loss in Stanley Cup playoffs
Matt MurrayG: The 28-year-old, acquired from the Ottawa Senators on July 11, received a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2024 NHL draft in preparation for Consider in the future. Murray had 3.05 goals in 20 games with a 5-12-2 average and a .906 save percentage last season, and in two seasons with the Senators he went 15-25-1 in 47 games. 3 grades… Ilya SamsonovG: The 25-year-old, who became an unrestricted free agent after receiving no qualifying offer from the Washington Capitals, signed a one-year deal on July 13. Samsonov, 23-12-5, had a 3.02 GAA, 0.896 save percentage in 44 regular-season games last season (39 starts) and three suspensions, and 1-3 in five playoff games ( 2.97 GAA and 0.912 save percentage in 4 starts). He’s 52-22-8 with a 2.81 GAA, 0.902 save percentage and 6 suspensions in 89 games (79 starts) for the Capitals and will battle Murray for the starting spot. … Calle JancrockF: The 30-year-old, who had 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 66 regular-season games with the Calgary Flames and Seattle Krakens last season, signed a four-year deal on July 15. . … Nicholas Aub-KuberF: The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal on July 13 after scoring 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 67 regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He went scoreless in 14 playoff games and won the Stanley Cup. … Adam GoldettF: The 25-year-old signed a one-year deal on July 13 after scoring 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in 58 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Senators last season. … Jody BenD: The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal on July 14 after scoring eight points (one goal and seven assists) in 39 games with the Minnesota Wild last season. … Victor MetteD: Like Benn, the 24-year-old added defensive depth after signing a one-year deal on July 14. Mette had seven assists in 37 games for the Senators last season.
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Jack CampbellG: 49 regular-season games last season (47 starts) with a 31-9-6 2.64 GAA, 0.914 save percentage and 5 suspensions, and a 3-4 3.15 GAA and 0.897 save percentage in seven playoff games . … Peter MrazekG: Traded to the Blackhawks with the 25th overall pick in the 2022 NHL draft on July 7 in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick (38th overall). Mrazek was limited to 20 games (18 starts) last season due to a groin injury and went 12-6-0 with a 3.34 GAA and .888 save percentage. … Ilya MikheevF: Signed a four-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks on July 13 after scoring 32 points (21 goals, 11 assists) in 53 regular-season games and four in seven playoff games last season ( 2 goals and 2 assists)… Ilya LyubuskinD: After scoring 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists) in 77 regular-season games with the Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes last season and 1 assist in 7 playoff games, vs. Buffalo on July 13 The Sabres signed a two-year contract. … Ondrej CaseF: Signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 13 after scoring 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 50 regular-season games last season and 3 assists in seven playoff games… Jason Spezha, Forward: After 19 seasons, he announced his retirement from the NHL on May 29 and was hired as a special assistant to Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas. Spezha had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 71 regular-season games and one assist in five playoff games.
on the cusp
Nicholas RobertsonF: The Maple Leafs are looking for secondary scoring behind their Big Four Auston Matthews, Mitchell Manner, John Tavares and William Nylander, and the 20-year-old will get every opportunity to show his ability in training camp. A number of injuries, including a fractured right fibula on Oct. 17, have limited Robertson to 49 games (21 goals, 23 assists) with the AHL Toronto and 16 games (1 goal, 1 assist) with the Maple Leafs ) for two seasons. Robertson scored 55 goals in 46 games against Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League in 2019-20.
what do they still need
depth. After the Matthews-Marner-Tavares-Nylander core, where the remaining targets will appear is uncertain. On the defensive end, Morgan Rayleigh Has established itself as a No. 1, but has no standout No. 2 candidate. In terms of goals, Murray has been limited to 47 games over the past two seasons and has shown an injury-prone tendency.
The Maple Leafs have a boom-or-bust fantasy goalie tandem in Murray and Samsonoff. Murray (0.906 save percentage) and Samsonov (0.896) didn’t match up last season. But consider that Murray won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-21, 0.921 save percentage, 6 playoff career suspensions) and Samsonoff had an excellent regular-season record (52-22- 8), there is also a high cap per goalkeeper, six suspensions). Samsonov ranks slightly higher in fantasy than his new teammate Murray, each a fringe goalie option in the top 25 this season. – Pete Jensen
“It’s going to open the door to competition. We’re going to have them both doing well here. We want them all to play well. We’re going to work with them in mid-September to get them rolling. That would be if they both did well. It’s a good thing for us to play the way we think they can.” ——Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas on the battle between Murray and Samsonov to start the goalie
Michael Bunting – Auston Matthews – Mitchell Manner
Alexander Kerford —John Tavares —William Nylander
Pierre Envall — David Kempf – Callejaen Crocker
Nick Robertson – Adam Goldett – Nicholas Aub-Kubert
Morgan Rayleigh — TJ Brody
Jack Muzan — Justin Hall
Mark Giordano — Timothy Lijgren