This year’s Leafs roster has been relatively without controversy in terms of who gets starting positions. It seems that public opinion generally sides with Sheldon Keefe’s roster choices. There was Justin Holl’s healthy scratch, but otherwise the decisions have all been pretty straightforward.
A lot of that has to do with the team performing at a very high level. Other than Nick Ritchie and the aforementioned Holl, there isn’t anyone on this roster that’s been below expectations so far this year.
However, relatively soon, Ilya Mikheyev will be returning to the lineup, and that will pose some difficulty for Keefe. Right now it seems that Pierre Engvall will be Mikheyev’s top competition for ice time, despite Engvall probably being the 11th best healthy forward on the team, with recent call-up Joey Anderson biting at his heels and recent re-acquisition Kyle Clifford being a step behind the undervalued 4th-liner we once knew.
Engvall and Mikheyev fill a similar role for Toronto, being defensively capable, speedy, poor-shooting-but-offensively-capable wingers. Anderson and Clifford are also defensively capable, poor-shooting-but-offensively-capable wingers, and Anderson is not a slow skater by any means. Where the difference lies is that Anderson and Clifford …
Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation