What Toronto is getting in Wayne Simmonds

LOCAL BOY! GRIT! LEADERSHIP!
Those are all good things. All things that will serve the Leafs well, but should ultimately be considered the cherry on top with what Toronto has brought in by signing Wayne Simmonds to a one year deal @ $1.5M.
There’s still a matter of what the Leafs have in Simmonds.

Okay, so last year wasn’t a strong showing for Wayne.

Okay, so the last three years haven’t been strong ones for Simmonds. Maybe it’s time we acknowledge this really was about grit, leadership, and the excitement of a home town kid playing for the Maple Leafs. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as the Leafs are careful about where Simmonds slots into the lineup.

Season
Age
GP
G
A
PTS
PIM
EV G
PP G
S%
ATOI
HIT

2016-17
28
82
31
23
54
122
13
16
13.8
18:58
162

2017-18
29
75
24
22
46
57
12
11
13.6
18:05
129

2018-19
30
79
17
13
30
99
12
5
10.8
15:40
137

2019-20
31
68
8
17
25
66
3
5
6.7
14:55
145

data via hockey-reference.com

There’s the hit column, as pronounced as ever. The declining goal production isn’t ideal, but that shooting percentage in 2019-20 speaks to a player that was unlucky or in a poorly cast role. The time on ice is putting Simmonds in a third line situation, which is likely where he’ll start in …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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