30-Year-Old Left Wing – Toronto Maple Leafs
Daniel Winnik Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Maple Leafs in July 2015.
Winnik (lower body) returned to the ice in Thursday's 2-1 shootout win over the Predators.
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Winnik provides the Leafs with an instant upgrade on the penalty kill and is the perfect checking line winger. He will be one of the leaders of the Leafs' lunch-bucket brigade. He'll play hard minutes. He'll play fast and physical. He'll wear down the opposition on every single shift, but he probably won't replicate last year's 30-point production unless he is forced into action on the second line. He'll be an emotional leader, but that's about all.
Winnik logged six goals and 13 assists during the 2012-2013 regular season, during which he played all 48 games. His lunch-bucket approach and willingness to do the dirty stuff that might break the fingernail of a sniper are legendary. Clearly, he's an asset on the ice, but in fantasy? Not so much. Thirty-five points are probably the max and that would take a perfect situation.
Winnick is a role player -- you know, the kind who willingly puts on the hard hat and work boots, and does the dirty jobs that no-one else wants. He has tallied 26 points in two separate seasons and excelled on the penalty kill. But he also has just enough speed and skill to play mucker on a scoring line. Expect him to be a third-line staple in Anaheim. But don't be surprised to see him skating with Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne if Andrew Cogliano continues his decline.
Winnik will likely line up as the Avs' third or fourth line center next season. With just 19 points in 74 games for the Coyotes last season, he doesn't possess much by way of fantasy value, except in ultra-deep leagues.
Winnik is a powerful center who is ideal for a third or fourth line role with Phoenix. Last year marked his NHL debut, and he did nothing but appear in 79 games, notching 26 points (11 G, 15 A). The 'Yotes have added some nice pieces on both wings this summer, so there is no reason to think Winnik won't improve on his 2008-2009.
Winnik finished his junior year in the University of New Hampshire hockey program in 2006 second on the team in scoring with a career high 41 points, 15 goals and 26 assists, and tied for fifth in the league for scoring. He signed an entry level contract in 2006 with the Coyotes and reported to San Antonio. With the Rampage, he scored 21 points, nine goals and 12 assists, in 66 games played. Winnik will have to draw on his earlier successes from his time with the University of New Hampshire to find his scoring touch in the NHL.