James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs

This month’s player spotlight is on Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward, James van Riemsdyk. In 2007, James was selected second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Entry Draft. The following season, James attended the University of New Hampshire for two years before joining the Flyers in 2009. After a successful three seasons in Philadelphia, James was a cornerstone piece of a trade that would bring him to Toronto. James recently eclipsed 600 NHL regular season games and recorded his 200th goal. Heading into the 2017-18 season, James was the topic of much speculation surrounding his unrestricted free-agent status effective 01-Jul-18.  Amid the pressures, James has set a career high in goals (35) and continues to prove his remarkable consistency and scoring proficiency.  James will be a coveted free-agent this summer, undoubtedly drawing the interest of numerous general managers. Check out the link below to read about some of his suitors and the possibility of a return to Toronto.