Now, for insiders and Toronto Maple Leafs fans who have considered the newly acquired veteran forward Joe Thornton, there is a chance to prove that he can play at the third line center of this 2020-21 Maple Leafs team, Jumbo Joe. You’ll get a chance to do more than that. Cooper Sheldon Cooper confirmed on Sunday that Thornton will begin his left-wing season with Orston Matthews and Mitch Manner.
When the news came out second, Leafs Nation asked all sorts of questions. Some wondered if Thornton could catch up with these two, and that it might be too much of a responsibility for aging to deal with. Others have wondered why Reefs is demoting players who may be better suited for the location. Many wondered if the line news combination that Keef revealed with the same availability was the right way to get to Toronto.
As sportsnet Chris Johnston points out, “Thornton’s most common linemates last season 5-5 were Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labants.” Matthews and Manner are upgrades, to say the least. , Thornton will have the opportunity to show that his free agent contract may be an off-season theft.
Manner commented on the news, saying when playing with Thornton, “I want to find a hole and become more shooters and threats,” according to James Myrtle. Matthews said, “He looks good. We’ve spent a lot of time skating together for the last few weeks. He looks good, skates and looks sharp. He’s jumbo there. Looks like. “
Combination of the remaining Maple Leafs lines
If the combination of these lines sticks, that is, Jimmy BG, John Tabares, William Nilander make up the second line of Reefs, Ilya Mikeyev, Zack Heimann, Alex Carfoot become the third line of Reefs, Alexander Barabanov , Wayne Simmons, Jason Spezza may round from a forward group.
That is, Nick Robertson, Travis Boyd, Pierre Enbal, Joey Anderson are looking out and either forward or in a taxi corps.
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Maple Leafs confirms Thornton to start the season with Matthew and Manner
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