Predicting The Maple Leafs Wins, and Points
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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