Reading the Tea Leafs: Josef Boumedienne

Following on the success of two other dormant series Chemmy and I have decided that in order to fill the gap in NHL news that we'll take a look at each of the current Leafs, possible Leafs on the Marlies, janitors, marketing interns and prospects. We'll recap their performance last year, what we can expect from them,  and how they can win our hearts (hint: signing the contract was a good first step...unless your name is Bryan McCabe Ian White). We have no idea how long of a series this will end up being or how consistent it will be but with two of us expect it to only be half as half-assed and twice as timely.

 

Babelfish tells me that this video is of Boumedienne "am tackled" by Granstrom. The other option was a fight where he lost. Go Marlies!

Contract Status (according to NHL Numbers)
$475K, $475K cap hit, UFA July 1, 2009.

Age (as of October 1, 2008)
30 - January 12th, 1978

NHL Seasons
Parts of three for 47 games of call-up experience.

Run of the Mill Biographical Information 

Former Leaf he'd have to play like in order to be christened a deity
This guy came completely out of left field and probably won't play a game in the NHL so we can probably ignore this question

Biggest Question Marks
Will he have a good impression on the Marlies' defencemen?

Player Summary
This post
covers most of background on Boumedienne. Japers Rink has the background on Boumedienne's time with Wash...err...Hershey.

Projected 2008-2009 role/team
This guy is definitely a signing to flesh out the numbers on the Marlies. He'll have a big part to play in mentoring the defence not to mention ensuring that Pogge isn't fed to the wolves (Chicago or otherwise). He's shown that he can get the business done at that level and it is likely his ceiling as a player.

Having said that, if he is wearing a Maple Leaf then something has gone horrifically wrong. Or maybe spectacularly right (Van Ryn and White moved for assets). Either way, his presence would be a harbinger of something.

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