2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 8th Atlantic
Conference 16th Eastern
2015–16 record 29–42–11
Home record 14–18–9
Road record 15–24–2
Goals for 198
Goals against 246
Team information
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach Mike Babcock
Captain Dion Phaneuf (Oct–Feb)
Vacant (Feb–Apr)
Alternate captains Tyler Bozak
Matt Hunwick
Leo Komarov (Feb-Apr)[lower-alpha 1][lower-alpha 2]
Arena Air Canada Centre
Minor league affiliations Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals P. A. Parenteau (20)
Assists Nazem Kadri (28)
Points Nazem Kadri (45)
Penalties in minutes Nazem Kadri (73)
Plus/minus (+): Roman Polak (+8)
(–): Matt Hunwick
      Morgan Rielly (–17)
Wins Jonathan Bernier (12)
Goals against average Jonathan Bernier (2.88)
<2014–15 2016–17>

The 2015–16 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the 99th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 22, 1917.[1] The season officially began its regular games on October 7, 2015, with a 3–1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens.[2]

Despite spurs of strong play, with the Maple leafs at one point being a few points out of a playoff spot, it was the worst season in team history, having broken the franchise record for most losses in a season with 53 (the previous record was 52 in 1984–85). However, it is important to note the previous record was set when there were only 80 games per season (two have since been added, bringing the total games played yearly to 82 per team). Additionally, the Maple Leafs finished last overall in the NHL standings for the first time since the 1984-85 season. On April 30, 2016, it was announced that the Leafs will receive the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

Off-season

The Maple Leafs made numerous personnel changes prior to the start of the season. Mike Babcock and Lou Lamoriello were hired as head coach and general manager, respectively, replacing Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek.[4][5] Additionally, in an effort to bring in new personnel, coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix; Director of Player Development Jim Hughes; and Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper, as well as Rob Cowie, strength and conditioning coach Anthony Belza, video coordinator Adam Jancelewicz and 18 other scouts were fired.[6][7][8][9] The team would find replacements for these members throughout the off season.

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft was held between July 26 and 27, and the Maple Leafs made a total of 9 selections, while also acquiring defenceman Martin Marinčin.

Following the draft, the Leafs made a number of moves during the free agency period, signing players such as P. A. Parenteau, Mark Arcobello, and Shawn Matthias to short term contracts. The most noteworthy move came in a blockbuster deal that sent winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with Tim Erixon, Tyler Biggs and a conditional 2nd round draft pick, in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington, and a conditional set of draft picks.[10]

As the off-season went on, the team would sign Devin Setoguchi, Curtis Glencross, Brad Boyes, and Mark Fraser to professional try out contracts. Out of these four, Boyes was the only one to sign a contract, inking a one year deal, while the others were released.[11]

For a complete list of on-ice off-season moves, please see Transactions.

Standings

Divisional standings

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Florida Panthers 82 47 26 9 40 239 203 +36 103
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 31 5 43 227 201 +26 97
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 41 30 11 39 211 224 −13 93
4 Boston Bruins 82 42 31 9 38 240 230 +10 93
5 Ottawa Senators 82 38 35 9 32 236 247 −11 85
6 Montreal Canadiens 82 38 38 6 33 221 236 −15 82
7 Buffalo Sabres 82 35 36 11 33 201 222 −21 81
8 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 29 42 11 23 198 246 −48 69
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.


Conference standings

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals 82 56 18 8 52 252 193 +59 120
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 48 26 8 44 245 203 +42 104
3 x – New York Rangers 82 46 27 9 43 236 217 +19 101
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Florida Panthers 82 47 26 9 40 239 203 +36 103
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 31 5 43 227 201 +26 97
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 41 30 11 39 211 224 −13 93
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – New York Islanders 82 45 27 10 40 232 216 +16 100
2 ME x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 41 27 14 38 214 218 −4 96
3 AT Boston Bruins 82 42 31 9 38 240 230 +10 93
4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 31 16 33 198 226 −28 86
5 AT Ottawa Senators 82 38 35 9 32 236 247 −11 85
6 ME New Jersey Devils 82 38 36 8 36 184 208 −24 84
7 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 38 38 6 33 221 236 −15 82
8 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 35 36 11 33 201 222 −21 81
9 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 40 8 28 219 252 −33 76
10 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 29 42 11 23 198 246 −48 69
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Record vs opponents

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division Central Division Pacific Division
Team Home Away Team Home Away Team Home Away Team Home Away
Boston 3–4* 1–3 0–2 2–3 4–3* Carolina 0–1* 3–1 2–1* Chicago 1–4 2–7 Anaheim 6–5* 4–0
Buffalo 3–4* 4–1 1–2* 1–4 Columbus 1–3 1–5 6–3 Colorado 5–1 7–4 Arizona 3–4 2–3
Detroit 1–2* 2–3 0–4 1–0 New Jersey 3–2* 3–2* 1–5 Dallas 4–1 3–2 Calgary 5–2 3–4
Florida 1–4 3–4 1–5 5–2 N.Y. Islanders 3–6 4–3* 3–1 Minnesota 1–2 0–1 Edmonton 3–0 2–5
Montreal 1–3 2–3* 3–5 1–4 N.Y. Rangers 2–4 1–3 3–4 Nashville 2–3 2–1* Los Angeles 5–0 1–2
Ottawa 4–5* 2–3 1–6 0–4 Philadelphia 4–5* 3–2 4–3* St. Louis 4–1 4–1 San Jose 4–5* 0–7
Tampa Bay 4–5* 1–2 4–1 0–1 0–3 Pittsburgh 0–4 1–2 3–2* Winnipeg 2–4 1–6 Vancouver 4–2 5–2
Washington 2–4 2–3* 2–3
Records 2–7–6 3–11–1 4–6–2 6–5–1 3–4–0 4–3–0 5–1–1 2–5–0
Division 5–18–7 10–11–3 7–7–0 7–6–1
Conference 15–29–10 (Home: 6–13–8; Away: 9–16–2) 14–13–1 (Home: 8–5–1; Away: 6–8–0)
Overall 29–42–11 (Home: 14–18–9; Away: 15–24–2)

* game decided in overtime or shoot-out

Schedule and results

Pre-season

Regular season

2015–16 Game Log[13]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Overtime statistics

Games Won Lost Game Winning Goal Scorers
Overtime 8 3 5 Parenteau, Kadri, Gardiner
Shootout 12 6 6 Holland, Lupul, Kadri, Parenteau (2), Soshnikov
20 9 11

Player statistics

Final stats

Skaters

Goaltenders

Regular Season[15]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Bernier, JonathanJonathan Bernier 38 36 2,147 12 21 3 103 2.88 1114 .908 3 0 0 2
Reimer, JamesJames Reimer 32 29 1810:19 11 12 7 75 2.49 845 .918 0 0 0 0
Sparks, GarretGarret Sparks 17 17 975 6 9 1 49 3.02 456 .893 1 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Maple Leafs. Stats reflect time with the Maple Leafs only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Maple Leafs only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Year end roster

Updated May 22, 2016. Sources: Toronto Maple Leafs,[16] CBS Sports[17]

This list only includes players who played a minimum of 20 games with the Maple Leafs, or goaltender who player at least 15. For a complete list of players, see HERE. Additionally, players who were traded away before the season's end are not included in this table.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
33 United States Arcobello, MarkMark Arcobello C R 30 2015 Milford, Connecticut
45 Canada Bernier, JonathanJonathan Bernier G L 30 2013 Laval, Quebec
28 Canada Boyes, BradBrad Boyes RW R 37 2015 Mississauga, Ontario
42 Canada Bozak, TylerTyler Bozak (A) C R 33 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
20 Canada Corrado, FrankFrank Corrado D R 26 2015 Toronto, Ontario
56 Canada Froese, ByronByron Froese C R 28 2015 Winkler, Manitoba
51 United States Gardiner, JakeJake Gardiner D L 28 2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota
40 Austria Grabner, MichaelMichael Grabner (A) RW L 31 2015 Villach, Austria
38 Canada Greening, ColinColin Greening LW L 33 2016 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
24 Canada Holland, PeterPeter Holland C L 28 2013 Toronto, Ontario
2 United States Hunwick, MattMatt Hunwick (A) D L 33 2015 Warren, Michigan
43 Canada Kadri, NazemNazem Kadri C L 28 2009 London, Ontario
47 Finland Komarov, LeoLeo Komarov (A) C L 32 2012 Narva, Soviet Union
23 Canada Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich C L 35 2016 Wawota, Saskatchewan
19 Canada Lupul, JoffreyJoffrey Lupul LW R 35 2011 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
52 Slovakia Marincin, MartinMartin Marincin D L 27 2015 Košice, Czechoslovakia
18 Czech Republic Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek LW L 34 2016 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
39 Sweden Nylander, WilliamWilliam Nylander C R 22 2014 Calgary, Alberta
15 Canada Parenteau, P. A.P. A. Parenteau (A) RW R 36 2015 Hull, Quebec
44 Canada Rielly, MorganMorgan Rielly D L 25 2012 West Vancouver, British Columbia
26 United States Smith, BenBen Smith RW/C R 30 2016 Winston-Salem, North Carolina
31 United States Sparks, GarretGarret Sparks G L 25 2011 Elmhurst, Illinois
21 United States van Riemsdyk, JamesJames van Riemsdyk LW L 29 2012 Middletown Township, New Jersey

Suspensions/fines

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Nazem Kadri Making a throat slashing gesture towards Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during NHL Game No. 805 in Calgary on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. $5,000 February 11, 2016[18]
Leo Komarov Elbowing New York Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh during NHL game No. 860 in Toronto on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 18:58 of the first period. 3 games $47,580.64 February 19, 2016[19]
Nazem Kadri For three diving/embellishment incidents between February 4 and March 21, 2016. $5,000 April 1, 2016[20]
Nazem Kadri Cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening during NHL Game No. 1170 in Toronto on Saturday, April 2, at 7:23 of the second period. 4 games $200,000 April 4, 2016[21]

Awards and honours

Awards

Milestones

A variety of milestones were set by players during the season. In terms of debuts, twelve players appeared in this first NHL game this season. They include Byron Froese, Garret Sparks, Brendan Leipsic, Viktor Loov, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, William Nylander, Nikita Soshnikov, Rinat Valiev, Connor Brown,Frédérik Gauthier and Tobias Lindberg.

Transactions

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.