On day two of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired a player that was rumored to be coming to town for a good part of last season. James van Riemsdyk comes to the Maple Leafs with the potential to be one of their premiere offensive forwards for some time to come.
The question is what kind of offensive production Leaf fans can expect out of him in his first season in the Blue & White. In his three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, van Riemsdyk showed the potential of a former second overall pick but never broke out because of the depth the Flyers had on offense. The hope is that he can finally fulfill his potential now that he will be given consistent top-six, if not top-line minutes.
With the current plan to have van Riemsdyk play center between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel, I will project what van Riemsdyk stats could look like if he plays on that line the entire season. That being said, I don’t think they would be that different than if he was to play with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin.
Here are the stats that I think James van Riemsdyk will put up in his debut season with the Maple Leafs.