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Predicting Stats for the Toronto Maple Leafs' Top 10 Players in the 2013 Season

Brad LeClairCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2016

Predicting Stats for the Toronto Maple Leafs' Top 10 Players in the 2013 Season

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs began their shortened 2013 season almost like they did last year.

    Last year, goaltender James Reimer led the Leafs to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on home ice. This time around, Ben Scrivens took the nets and led the Leafs to a 2-1 win over the Canadiens, losing the shutout on a cheap chip-in goal by Brian Gionta. That was Gionta's first goal in well over 13 months.

    Looking at the Leafs' new defensive system and how they are keeping play to the outside, the Leafs will likely be playing in a lot of 3-2, 2-1, low-scoring type of hockey games. Apparently the only way they may give up more than three goals is if they run into penalty trouble.

    Regardless, with Game 1 of 48 in the bag, and a 1-0-0-0 record, here's a look at what to expect the rest of the season out of the top stars on the squad.

Jake Gardiner

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    Jake Gardiner is currently battling concussion-like symptoms and finds himself in the press box waiting while he recovers from a late hit by Luke Adam of the Rochester Americans.

    When he does come back, expect heavy minutes for Gardiner as his skill, speed and most of all his stamina will all be welcomed back into the fold.

    He should see top-four minutes on the team, and likely first-line power-play duties.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    44 GP, 6 G, 15 A, 21 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Schedule:

    78 GP, 11 G, 27 A, 38 P

Dion Phaneuf

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    Dion Phaneuf looked decent in his first game back, as he notched a power-play assist and looked calm, cool and collected in the Leafs' 2-1 victory.

    What stands out from the game was the lack of a glaring error by Phaneuf. He played sound positionally, he hit hard and best of all, he allowed rookie Mike Kostka to feel at ease in his first game as a pro.

    If all 48 games are like this one, Phaneuf might just be a top-10 defenseman in the league again. But, knowing how all good things come to an end, I'm not overly optimistic Phaneuf has really turned himself around.

    We haven't seen the Leafs play a legitimate contender yet, and that should be the tell-tale sign of whether the teaching from head coach Randy Carlyle has stuck.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats

    40 GP, 7 G, 17 A, 24 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season

    74 GP, 13 G, 31 A, 44 P

James Van Riemsdyk

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    In his first appearance with the Leafs, van Riemsdyk looked a tad invisible, but that's to be expected after a long layoff. He played strong positionally and he tried to use his size down low a few times, but other than that, he wasn't overly productive.

    When the Leafs dealt Luke Schenn for him, they knew what they were getting. They got a strong, big power forward who doesn't really hit, but takes up space.

    If he can manage to take up space and open more space up for Nazem Kadri, he will have served his purpose.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    38 GP, 10 G, 15 A, 25 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season:

    72 GP, 19 G, 28 A, 47 P

Nikolai Kulemin

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    Nikolai Kulemin displayed a well-rounded game against the Canadiens as he had some time at even strength and on the penalty kill.

    I think his days as a 30-goal scorer might be over with the additions of Nazem Kadri and James van Riemsdyk to the team, but his skill defensively will be needed by the Leafs going forward.

    His ability to penalty-kill effectively and play positionally sound will earn him high marks with head coach Randy Carlyle. Expect him to put up similar numbers to last season.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    46 GP, 9 G, 17 A, 26 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season:

    78 GP, 15 G, 28 A, 43 P

Clarke MacArthur

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    MacArthur assumed his role back on the MKG line, as his linemates, all of whom played in Europe during the lockout, looked in far better game shape than most of the players on the ice in the Bell Centre.

    MacArthur had a few chances, played well in his own zone and helped lead the Leafs to the win.

    I have no clue how long MacArthur might last in Toronto with his expiring contract, but he could really help out his trade value if he starts scoring points at the pace he did two years ago.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    48 GP, 11 G, 21 A, 33 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season:

    82 GP, 19 G, 36 A, 55 P

Mikhail Grabovski

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    Grabovski spent his time during the lockout playing for Red Army, CSKA Dynamo and put up some very solid numbers.

    His playmaking ability and skill with the stick will likely earn him big minutes with the MKG line. One thing that concerns me is that he likes to skate with his head down, so he may leave himself open to a concussion or two this season if he isn't more careful.

    I expect the usual numbers from Grabovski this season.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    48 GP, 10 G, 23 A, 33 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season:

    82 GP, 17 G, 39 A, 56 P

Tyler Bozak

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    Tyler Bozak, the center of trade rumors involving Roberto Luongo, came out and played a very strong game in the season opener. He won faceoffs, played in all situations and managed to pot the game-winning goal en route to a 2-1 victory.

    He may not be what I'd call an ideal player to play with Phil Kessel, but yet they make it work.

    Again, I can't speculate on how long the contract-expiring Bozak will last in Toronto, but I expect his usual numbers this season.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    48 GP, 8 G, 24 A, 32 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season:

    82 GP, 14 G, 41 A, 55 P

Nazem Kadri

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    Dangerous, sneaky, hard-hitting, in-your-face, a little too fancy sometimes and skillful deking.

    Those are just some of the traits describing Kadri's first game this season. He was a force all game, getting under the Canadiens players' skins as he scored the opening goal on the power play for the Leafs.

    He wasn't finished there as he was dangerous all night, getting scoring chances and leading the offensive attack. Helped along by linemate Leo Komarov's team-leading eight hits tonight, Kadri had the open space to really do what he does best: make plays and get points.

    Minus a few questionable plays—one where he tried to carry the puck and ran into Alexei Emelin, and the other when he was backtracking and tried passing to Carl Gunnarsson instead of dumping the puck, Kadri looked good defensively otherwise.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    42 GP, 9 G, 19 A, 28 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season:

    75 GP, 16 G, 34 A, 50 P

Joffrey Lupul

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    Joffrey Lupul played an okay game against the Canadiens. He displayed a deft touch with a nice tip on a Mike Kostka point shot, made some defensive plays and nearly potted a goal after a beautiful pass from Tyler Bozak. Sadly for Lupul, he fanned on the shot.

    However, this is just the first of what the Leafs hope to be many games this season for Lupul. Sidelined by a shoulder injury that cost him the rest of the 2011-12 season, Lupul was tearing it up for the Leafs, scoring at nearly a point-per-game pace.

    Expect a little less this season as the Leafs will roll three scoring lines and also play far more defensively than in years past under Ron Wilson.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    40 GP, 13 G, 21 A, 34 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season:

    74 GP, 24 G, 39 A, 63 P

Phil Kessel

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    Phil Kessel began the 2013 season in fine fashion, helping out on both goals scored by the Leafs and getting a few glorious scoring chances.

    Kessel's blazing speed and rocket for a shot will bode well for him this season as the NHL players begin to work themselves back into game shape.

    In the meantime, Kessel will be blowing by opposing defenders and striking fear into opposing goaltenders' eyes every time he skates up the ice. I expect near point-per-game totals out of Kessel this season, and he will do his best at potting at least 20 goals in this shortened season.

     

    2012-13 Projected Stats:

    48 GP, 21 G, 26 A, 47 P

    2012-13 Projected Stats over an 82-Game Season:

    82 GP, 36 G, 44 A, 80 P

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