In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs Quick Hits, I’ll take a look at some of the news emerging from the team over the past week.

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Quick Hit One: Max Domi Has Returned to the Toronto

This season, Max Domi will return to his hometown team, the Maple Leafs. Domi’s father Tie had previously played for the team from 1994 until he retired in 2006. Last season, the younger Domi had a successful season, registering 56 points in 80 games (mostly with the Chicago Blackhawks) and 13 points in 19 playoff games with the Dallas Stars.

Max Domi, now with the Maple Leafs

Despite potential defensive limitations, Domi does offer his team some strong offensive skills. He’s versatile, capable of playing all three forward positions; and, he can adapt to various roles on the team. One thing that might help Domi is a potential partnership with Calle Jarnkrok on the third line. It could cover some of his defensive issues and could also enhance both players’ offensive output. Look for Domi to contribute around 40-50 points and bring hustle and a positive presence to the team.

Quick Hit Two: Can Calle Jarnkrok Keep Up His Surprising Scoring Ability?

Speaking of Calle Jarnkrok, last offseason his signing raised doubts about why the team would pick him up. He seemed to have little scoring ability and was instead known for versatility and strong defensive play.

However, Jarnkrok surprised everyone. He unexpectedly displayed a goal-scoring instinct, achieving a breakout 20-goal season. Now, the question arises if he can replicate this performance over the upcoming season. Possibly, playing alongside Domi could enhance that chance.

Jarnkrok had success on the second power-play unit, which helped him contribute to a career-best 39 points. Given his consistent all-around play, determination, skill, and versatility, he will continue to benefit the team. His value goes beyond scoring, making him a valuable asset to the coaching staff.

Quick Hit Three: Mitch Marner Has Selke Aspirations

With Patrice Bergeron now retired, there’s an opportunity for new contenders for the Selke Trophy. Mitch Marner’s well-rounded game and defensive capabilities make him a prime candidate. His previous Selke nomination and improved two-way play have already put him on the radar. Now he’s just got to deliver.

Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs

The absence of Bergeron could motivate Marner to showcase his value for the Selke Trophy. As well, because Marner is up for a contract extension at the end of the season, he’ll aim to demonstrate both his elite offensive and his defensive skills. Look for him to elevate his play this season.

Quick Hit Four: Joe Thornton Has Finally Retired (I Think)

There is some interesting news that former Maple Leafs player Joe Thornton’s No. 19 jersey will be retired by the Soo Greyhounds in November. Thornton is the greatest-ever San Jose Sharks player and is a certain future Hockey Hall of Famer.

Although he’s not officially retired, Thornton’s playing days are winding down at 44 years old. Despite not winning an NHL championship, he was one of the most highly-skilled playmakers in NHL history. Look for his Sharks’ jersey to also be retired soon, honouring his remarkable career. His contributions to the sport of hockey have been huge.

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Quick Hit Five: Joseph Woll Is a Goalie on the Rise

For a young goalie, Joseph Woll’s play has been impressive. He’s shown high performance as he’s travelled through the Maple Leafs’ ranks. His record, goals against average, and save percentage have improved each season.

This season, Woll will be used as a backup goalie to Ilya Samsonov. We’re not quite sure yet the status of new signee Martin Jones, but the best-case scenario is that Jones would pass through waivers and be around in case there are injury issues.

Quick Hit Six: Maple Leafs Sign Top Prospect Easton Cowan to ELC

The Maple Leafs this past week signed top prospect Easton Cowan to an Entry Level Contract (ELC). Cowan was drafted with the pick that came when defenseman Rasmus Sandin was traded to the Washington Capitals. While Cowan was a bit of a surprise for many because he was chosen so high on the draft, he had impressed the Maple Leafs scouts with his postseason play last season.

Cowan had an impressive development camp. However, his likely trajectory will be through the OHL before he joins the Toronto Marlies. Maple Leafs fans should expect that to take at least a couple of seasons.

Quick Hit Seven: Can Bobby McMann Remain with the Maple Leafs This Season?

Bobby McMann has had an uncertain path through hockey. He was undrafted but found AHL success and set the Marlies record for rookie scoring with 24 goals during the 2021-22 season. Although he’s had limited NHL points, he hasn’t looked out of place.

Now, is there a chance that if he’s pushed through waivers he might be picked up by another team? He could become a depth player with a number of organizations. He’s no longer waiver exempt, and that might be problematic for the Maple Leafs. We’ll see how that goes after training camp. He’s one of the Marlies on the bubble.

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