Leafs have signed Adam Gaudette to a $750k deal

The Leafs continue their depth signings by bringing in former Senator, Canuck, and Blackhawk Adam Gaudette.

We’ve signed forward Adam Gaudette to a one-year contract. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 13, 2022

The Leafs press release:

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Adam Gaudette to a one-year contract worth $750,000

Gaudette, 25, has collected 70 points (27 goals, 43 assists) in 218 regular season games with the Vancouver Canucks (2017-18 to 2020-21), Chicago Blackhawks (2020-21 to 2021-22) and Ottawa Senators (2021-22). The Braintree, Massachusetts native split last season between the Chicago and Ottawa, recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 58 regular season games.
Gaudette was originally selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.
So that $750k cap hit is about as ideal and low risk as you can get. Like Aube-Kubel he’ll be competing with some Marlies for a fourth line role, but unlike Aube-Kubel his contract will leave him as a risk for being claimed off of waivers. That can be a perk to a player that wants to stay in the league.
Gaudette is also only 25 and sticks with the Leafs plan to stay on the younger side and so far they’ve exclusively focused on players who haven’t received qualifying offers as RFAs. This served the Leafs well last year and it’s nice to see them tapping into it again.

The numbers don’t really like Gaudette much. He hits though, and plays a typical fourth line game and can play some center. This is likely the Leafs looking for someone to push the Marlies in competition or believe they can help Gaudette get back to the potential that was once seen in him during his time in Vancouver.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Nicholas Aube-Kubel signs with the Leafs for $1M

The Leafs have made another signing by bringing in Nicholas Aube-Kubel for one year.

#Leafs announce a 1-year deal for Nicolas Aube-Kubel at $1 million.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 13, 2022

Calling Aube-Kubel a bargain might be a bit of a stretch as he is slated for 4th line duty, but he’s certainly priced right for the work he’ll be doing. The recent Stanley Cup Champion obviously brings that experience to the room as well. You just might not want him carrying the cup:

Team
CF/60
CA/60
CF%
GF/60
GA/60
GF%
xGF/60
xGA/60
xG%
HDCF/60
HDCA/60
HDCF%
PDO
PHI
49.9
65.05
43.41
0.89
3.56
20
1.82
3.63
33.35
7.13
19.6
26.67
0.939
COL
53.03
53.95
49.57
2.68
1.29
67.44
2.32
2.31
50.17
9.98
10.62
48.43
1.041
At 26 years old the Leafs are again looking at young guys who can fit in with the age of most of their roster, and while his underlying numbers don’t stand out, he’s really being brought in for the fourth line physical presence.

GP
G
PTS
PIM
S%
TOI
ATOI
BLK
HIT
Total
74
11
23
47
12.6
726
9:49
18
140
PHI
7
0
1
6
0
69
9:49
1
17
COL
67
11
22
41
14.1
658
9:49
17
123
Aube-Kubel will likely be competing with the likes of Wayne Simmonds, Joey Anderson, and players like Curtis Douglas and Bobby McMann for his ice time and even considering him a lock to be in the Leafs lineup is a stretch. At $1M his contract is completely buriable and is just enough that it may deter other teams from claiming him off waivers. He therefore is a great depth option even if he doesn’t grab a spot on the Leafs, though playing in 74 games last year, largely on the cup winning team means he’s likely going to make the cut.
All and all, it’s a depth signing. No need to be excited or upset. He’s a decent enough add.
Data from Evolving Hockey, Hockey Reference, and Natural Stat Trick
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