29-Year-Old Left Wing – Toronto Maple Leafs
Leo Komarov Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $11.8 million deal with the Leafs in July of 2014.
Komarov (lower body) will return to the lineup Saturday night against the Devils.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Komarov is a checking-line beast. He is relentless on the forecheck and is the kind of player that makes opposing defenders wince when the puck gets dumped into their zone. He creates loose pucks with his bone-crushing hits, but he's not exactly an offensive stud. He'll deliver a passable eight to ten goals and as many as 20-25 points, but will bring you 225-250 hits without taking stupid penalties along the way. Bottom line: he'll be electric on the Leafs' fourth line and on the penalty kill, but he won't bring you a fantasy championship any time soon.
Komarov has a shot at a job on the Leafs' bottom two lines this season. He's 25 and coming off a World Championship victory with Finland in 2011 and a KHL championship this past spring. He's 5-11 and 198 pounds, and he knows how to be a pro. He has real leadership abilities and is willing to do whatever it takes -- hit, fore-check, throw grit or score -- on every shift. His NHL value will come as a lunch bucket type; his fantasy value will mirror that.
Komarov profiles as a checking-line player, much like Jarkko Ruutu -- skilled but dynamic and obnoxious, and really hard to play against. He spent the past three seasons with Moscow Dynamo of the KHL where he played 46 games last season, scoring 11 goals and 13 assists with 58 penalty minutes. He was second on the team in penalty minutes and third in points.