From Beauchemin to Stalberg, we're taking a look at and grading (please read the criteria below) the 2009-10 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Maple Leafs for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2010-11. That means only guys that are still property of the Maple Leafs. We're doing this in concert with Maple Leafs Hot Stove. Next up, Jamie Lundmark.
#16 / Center / Toronto Maple Leafs
Jan 16, 1981
Seasons in the NHL: 8
Became a Leaf: Claimed off of waivers from the Calgary Flames on Feb. 13th, 2010
Contract Status: Unrestricted Free Agent (previously at $600k)
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Lundmark came into the league with high promise after being drafted 9th overall by the New York Rangers in 1999. However, he never could manage to remain in the NHL full time and has found himself being constantly moved up and down throughout his nine year pro career. Due to the influx of players from the Phaneuf trade, Lundmark found himself the odd man out (read as: the one with a two-way contract) and thus was waived by the Flames two weeks later. That's when Brian Burke claimed him to be a cheap veteran jersey filler for the remainder of the season.
He was a veteran player and very cheap at only $600,000. The only regular Leaf with less of a cap hit was John Mitchell at $487,500. While used sparingly with only ten minutes of ice-time a game; Lundmark was a plus player for the Leafs until he went a combined -3 in the last two games he played.
Brought in as a jersey filler, Lundmark somehow managed to find himself as a healthy scratch for 6 out of the 21 games he was a Leaf; sitting in the press box while players like Tim Brent, Brayden Irwin, and Wayne Primeau dressed instead.
Three points; one goal and two assists in 15 games while playing on the third line.
The Eye Candy:
Jamie Lundmark's first and only goal as a Maple Leaf. What's hilarious is that this goal was originally credited to John Mitchell and at no time during the post goal commentary do they even mention Lundmark's name.
So yeah.....Lundmark was claimed off of waivers to be a cheap veteran jersey filler in order to make sure the Leafs could ice a full squad every game. He's a UFA and probably won't get signed to anything more than a very low paying two-contract with a club who has little depth. Regardless, don't expect to see him playing more than 15 NHL games next year. Thoughts? Should the team even bother re-signing him?
Rate Lundmark below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.