The fantasy impact of the Maple Leafs signing David Booth
Fantasy Impact: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward David Booth to a one-year contract worth a reported $1.1 million.
The Leafs get: A once 30-goal scorer who struggled with injuries over the past few seasons. Booth has missed significant time over the last three campaigns, but when healthy, he has proven to be a 20-30 goal man.
It's a low risk move for the Leafs, much like the Mason Raymond deal last year, which turned out pretty well. Booth should provide the bottom six with some much needed depth and could push the second line wingers in a best case scenario.
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Booth figures to start on the third line, if you assume line one is Kessel-Bozak-van Riemsdyk and line two is Lupul-Kadri-Clarkson. Although based on last year's play Clarkson's job is anything but safe, even though given his salary the Leafs would probably like him to step up and solidify his role. It would take something pretty special from Booth at this point to secure a second line spot, but it’s not impossible.
That leaves Matt Frattin and Booth as third line wingers, and there is also the issue that one of Mike Santorelli, Peter Holland and Petri Kontiola will probably have to move to wing, and possibly the fourth line. Booth and Frattin will now scrap it out for probably 30 seconds or so of power play time per night.
The Booth move likely also means Carter Ashton is going to have a tough time earning minutes with the big club given the fact he has a two-way deal and factoring the amount of forwards the Leafs now have. Not to mention that any chance of Trevor Smith earning time on the third line is pretty much over.
Leo Komarov might take the biggest blow after this, as he may be stuck on the fourth line. Even though it's hard to believe given his near $3-million salary. His physical play can sometimes outweigh his lack of offensive production, but if Booth is on a 20-goal pace, don't expect Komarov to overtake him.
It's just a hunch at this point, but given Santorelli's play last year I think he might get the first crack at the third line center role with Booth and maybe Frattin. Having Booth there should help his offensive numbers.
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Fantasy players this hurts, in order: