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The Leafs need even more from their second line than what they got in 2013-14. This line needs to be a threat to score on every shift. Speed, dynamic offensive play and an ability to transition quickly out of the defensive zone have to be the hallmarks.
Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul are likely to make up the first two members here. Expect Winnik, David Booth and Leo Komarov to get heavy consideration here. Rookie William Nylander could also be in this mix.
The Leafs were very top heavy in scoring last year. Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel had great offensive seasons in leading the team in scoring on point-per-game basis.
Kadri did a lot without a lot of ice time. He routinely played less than 20 minutes for various reasons. He must get stronger, increase his faceoff percentage and his overall defensive play must continue to evolve.
Mason Raymond was a good fit on this line at times last year, but he's a Calgary Flame now.
The line could use some additional creativity along with someone who is willing to make sacrifices to set up the talented duo of Kadri and Lupul. The Leafs need Lupul to be a top threat once again while staying injury-free.
This could be one of the best battles in camp. Komarov can add a physical dimension to the line and has the potential to do a lot of the spade work for this line.
Booth seems to be the likeliest candidate at this stage if he can regain some of his confidence and scoring touch.