Josh Leivo

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a spot of bother as it pertains to their roster this fall. Too many quality forwards is a good problem to have, but there are possible difficulties ahead for the team. One (or more) of the draft eligible forwards may be lost on waivers. No team wants to lose talent for the waiver fee, and there may be an opportunity to swoop in and procure value for less than 100 cents on the dollar.

JOSH LEIVO 2016-17

  • 5×5 points per 60: 3.14
  • 5×4 points per 60: 7.10
  • Corsi for 5×5 %: 61.8
  • Corsi Rel 5×5 %: 1.4
  • DFF Elite 5×5 %: 68.70
  • DFF Elite Rel 5×5 %: 19.95 (29 percent of TOI v. elites)
  • Shots on goal/percentage: 27 shots/7.4% (career shooting percentage: 14.8)
  • Boxcars: 13gp, 2-8-10
  • (All numbers via Puck IQ, NaturalStatTrick and hockey-reference)

Leivo played quite a bit at 5×5 (over half of his playing time) with Nazem Kadri, who is an outstanding center. Small overall sample size, but impressive. Also impressive? The numbers away from Kadri. Leivo is a quality young player in search of an NHL home.


Leivo is 6.02, 205 and plays LW (shoots right). He could be lost for just money, so acquiring him may not require payment in full. A prospect who is not waiver eligible or a draft pick may be all that it takes. The Oilers are currently auditioning all manner of wingers for RW this fall, and should have the position covered internally. In fact, it’s likely the team is searching for a righty defenseman on the trade market (if anything). Sometimes it is wise to take what the market gives you. Josh Leivo might be a helluva gift for either wing and is an inexpensive offensive option. Something to consider.

  • OriginalPouzar

    That ES P/60 is fantastic.

    With that said, who does he knock off the current Oiler roster?

    I think the roster is set up front with Slepy, Khaira and Pakarinan each making the team. The only question is if Puljijarvi or Yamamoto takes that last spot and I think we can all agree that, even if JP gets sent to the AHL, he’ll be back when Yama gets sent back to Spokane to slide his contract.

    I guess there is a spot if both those players are not on the opening night roster or there are injuries.

    • Oilerchild77

      Yeah, that’s kinda my thought as well. I don’t see Leivo as being much of an upgrade over what we already have. So, he would likely wind up on the farm, unless he could outperform, say, Slepyshev.

      • kiaora

        But that’s the problem, as I understand it, if you pick someone up from Waivers, you can’t put them on the farm / lose a roster spot. So, its not without cost.

    • rivid

      You may be right, but JP has not looked good and as of right now should not be in the NHL. Maybe in the future but oilers don’t need to gift wrap positions they can now have players on the team that earn their spot.

    • JimmyV1965

      The Leafs have A LOT of forward depth, even more than us. Their defence is really weak and thin. And of course they don’t have McDavid. And it could turn out that Drai is just as good as Matthews.

  • FISTO Siltanen

    If we had just lost Maroon to free agency or initial extension talks suggest his agent thinks Maroon is the motor on this club I get the idea of being proactive. But I do believe the Oilers have a few players who might fit that spot if we lose Maroon. So I’d just as soon pass at this moment.

  • Hockey123

    These analytic guys always say fancy stats big part in projecting a player and not the only criteria. However it’s their only tool in their tool box that is all they use. Watch the player!

  • Oilerz4life

    Hey Oilers, what does this have to do with the Leafs? Ugh, more on the Oilers and how that pertains to Toronto (the center of the known universe) ASAP. Pass.

  • hockey1099

    This is the very thing wrong with analytics. 13 games worth of stats is meaningless. It would be statistically insignificant. Unless someone has eyes on this guy be very careful about judging this player either positively or negatively.

  • OilCan2

    There are roster spots available but as mentioned who does New Guy replace? Let PC hold em close to the chest and besides we are waiting for the Jagr signing. THAT would give us THREE (3) JJ’s!!!