Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Toronto Maple Leafs

Alexander MacLean

2021-09-16

Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Toronto Maple Leafs

For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.

Enjoy!

Gone Nick Foligno, Zach Hyman, Zach Bogosian, Frederik Andersen, Joe Thornton, Stefan Noesen, David Rittich, Alex Galchenyuk,

Incoming – Alex Biega, Ondrej Kase, Nick Ritchie, Kurtis Gabriel, Michael Amadio, Petr Mrazek, Brennan Menell

Impact of changes – Long-time a running mate of Auston Matthews, Zach Hyman upgraded his centre to Connor McDavid, so the Maple Leafs went out and replaced him with a younger version in Nick Ritchie. The other important chance for the Leafs was in net, bringing in Petr Mrazek to platoon with Jack Campbell, and letting Frederik Andersen's shadow leave for Carolina, so Campbell could be viewed as the main guy. Neither of Campbell or Mrazek will likely play 50 games, but Campbell won't have that same pressure of knowing he needs to win to get the net back, and should play in game one of both the regular season and (assuming they make it) the playoffs.

The big names are all back, with the depth names again rotating around them. Fantasy wise, there is not a lot that will change with the offence. Joe Thornton leaving vacates some opportunities with the man-advantage, but that will likely be soaked up by the big four up front. The second powerplay will likely only see the last 30-seconds of each man-advantage as it did last season.

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