It’s decision time on Zach Bouthillier

Last week I started the slow death march towards June 1st, the date when 2018 NHL draftees will need to be signed by otherwise they will re-enter the draft. The case for Riley Stotts was largely built off of the lack of center depth in the Leafs system, but goaltending depth is becoming something where the Leafs can be a pick more selective.
The Leafs will go into next season wanting to give as much of the AHL workload as possible to Joseph Woll. They will also attempt to reboot Ian Scott after his year off and get him as much work with the Newfoundland Growlers as possible, and perhaps some AHL spot duty as well.
The decision to bring in another goaltender to develop isn’t a bad one, but it’s not something that needs to be rushed an a less than ideal candidate, it remains to be seen how ideal Bouthillier is.
Bouthillier was selected with being a project in mind. The Leafs selected him in the 7th round, with the 209th overall pick. He was for a team that served the Leafs well decades before in the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, but that’ …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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