Predicting The Maple Leafs Wins, and Points

Josh LawrenceContributor IJuly 30, 2010

MONTREAL- APRIL 10:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs chases the puck during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on April 10, 2010 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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The Leafs had an admirable finish to the 09-10 season and now I'm going to predict statistics like the following:

I am predicting about 42 wins for these guys. From the Phaneuf trade on to the end of the season they went 13-9-3 and that is before the Versteeg trade and Armstrong signing. Those 13 wins put them up for about 42 wins.

Points for the following players: Colby Armstrong, Kris Versteeg, Luke Schenn, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, Nikolai Kulemin, Nazem Kadri.

Colby Armstrong

21 goals, 15 assists.

I am predicting a solid 21 goals because I figure he will be on the second line if a Kaberle trade does not happen and with Kulemin and Kadri or Bozak as his linemates he will have good support.

Kris Versteeg

32 Goals 25 assists

Kris Versteeg finished the season with 20 goals and 44 assists playing THIRD LINE MINUTES. Here in Toronto he will likely play first line minutes alongside Kessel and Bozak or Kadri.

Luke Schenn

9 Goals, 20 assists

The reason I make such a big jump from four goals to nine is because Phaneuf is having such a big influence on Luke by constantly barking at him to shoot the puck more and by doing that the pucks went in so this will be a good season for Luke.

Dion Phaneuf

18 Goals, 30 assists

I believe will find his scoring touch again this season with his added confidence from being awarded the captaincy. I expect either Schenn or Komi to be Phaneuf's linemate next season and hopefully he will boost their numbers too.

Phil Kessel

41 Goals, 15 assists

Phil Kessel will have the benefit of either having a full season beside Bozak, which reminded some of Savard/Kessel, or becoming a scoring tandem with Kadri. He will also have the oppurtunity to play a full season which could also net him some more goals.

Tyler Bozak

15 Goals, 45 assists

Tyler Bozak had 27 points in 37 games last season, netting seven goals and 20 assists and I think benefiting from a full season could more than double his points from last season.

Nikolai Kulemin

24 Goals, 25 assists

Nikolai Kulemin just came off a great 09-10 campaign in which he collected 16 goals and 20 assists. He improved greatly last season and is likely to improve even more this season

Nazem Kadri

25 Goals, 30 assists

Kadri had a dynamite season in the OHL, notching 93 points in 56 games. He is likely to play first or second line center.

Now lets wish the Leafs luck in the upcoming season.

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