Hoping we can actually start generating some leafs draftees into the lineup full time this year and next. This is causing for really feel the squeeze on those big contracts that we had to use <$1m vets that haven’t done the job as the kids weren’t ready the last couple of years to make a consistent impact.
Yeah, it’s been quite a dry patch since we had all those supporting kids come up around the same time as Matthews, Marner & Nylander (and have since let pretty much all of them go as they’ve become too expensive).
Hopefully we can have a new crop of kids step into the lineup soon as full-time players and make an impact. Because there’s a hard limit to what you can expect out of bargain bin UFA pick-ups like Ritchie, Bunting, Kampf, Kase or Gusev, or Euro “free wallets” like Mikheyev.