In a cruel twist of fate, the Vegas Golden Knights, who didn’t even exist 12 months ago, now are off to their first ever Stanley Cup Final.
So we naturally got a bunch of questions about them, but we’ll lead with something else.
Who will have a better season next year, Andreas Johnsson or Kasperi Kapanen?
— Totally Offside (@Totally_Offside) May 21, 2018
Similar in usage, play style, and projected ceiling, Kappy and Andreas both saw limited action in Toronto this season, each becoming regulars by playoff time. There’s still a few questions left unanswered about the Leafs’ roster makeup, but it’s likely these two slot into the opening day roster come October.
The boring, but more likely correct answer for who will have a better season? Probably Kapanen. He’s had more of an opportunity to impress Mike Babcock, more NHL experience, and came into the system as a more highly-touted prospect than Johnsson. Not going to toss out predictions for stats right now, but if there’s a tie between the two, Kapanen probably gets the benefit of the doubt.
Your ideas for buy low candidates as 3rd line center or nylander's replacement on the Matthews line if he moves to centre
— Leo S Spaceman (@leospaceman122) May 21, 2018
Keep it internal and re-sign… Tyler Bozak? Why not?
What if all the hype of Bozak being an addition to any team doesn’t quite pan out, and he’s searching for a cheaper contract this offseason? He may not be wildly effective, but he worked well enough on one of the league’s better third lines this year.
If you must want to think of someone outside of the organization, why not take a look at a guy like Paul Stastny?
The Avalanche-turned-Blue-turned-Jet forward put up 53 points this year, and likely won’t be raking in the 7 million he made in each of the past four seasons. At age 32, the Leafs wouldn’t have to necessarily spend tons to lock him up for a few seasons, and he’d slot in nicely as depth scoring behind Kadri and Matthews.
— Andrew (@FerenClaw) May 21, 2018
Can anything really explain it better than Marc-Andre Fleury?
I mean, have you checked out his Goals Saved Above Average? Ludicrous.
— Jeremy Crowe (@307x) May 21, 2018
Miro the Hero Aaltonen or Par for the Course Lindholm?
— Bill Comeau (@billius27) May 21, 2018
Which nickname is worse? Both of them.
Which player cracks the Leafs’ roster next season? We’ll lean Lindholm, solely because the NHLe model (which converts points from various leagues and converts them to the NHL level) told us to.
When I was doing Olympic projections, Lindholm came out looking really good. Had an NHLe of 46 in 2017-18. https://t.co/ww0uMoeBu4
— dom 🛩 (@domluszczyszyn) May 17, 2018
For those curious, Aaltonen comes out with an NHLe of… 25.7.
How how many times a day does Kyle dubas call George McPhee
— Amanda Alice Ruttan (@AmandaRuttan) May 21, 2018
What’s wild is that you could have asked the same question a year ago, but in relation to picking up cheap depth options from the expansion draft. We’re not 100% sure if that’s the direction this is heading, but we’d like if McPhee could gift us the league’s next surprising breakout star. Reid Duke, anyone?