Upon drafting defensive stalwart Luke Schenn fifth-overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs had hoped they obtained a young defender capable of anchoring the blueline for years to come.
Advertised to deliver menacing hits and possess exceptional defensive awareness, it didn't take long for Schenn to crack the Leafs' roster. As an 18-year-old defenseman he donned the Blue and White for 70 games, rarely looking out of place---a rarity for young defensemen in the NHL. He had fans salivating for more, but he regressed in his second campaign, enduring the dreaded sophomore slump.
With plenty of questions surrounding the Leafs' defense heading into the 2010-11 season,...
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Leafs have won 3 games, and before you laugh, realize what month it is. Yes people, it's October and the Leafs have won three games, six points, which ever way you want to look at it.
So what have we learned these past three games:
* Plan the parade jokes have officially passed Justin Bieber in popularity. One of them is lame and annoying. I'm Just sayin'
*The Rocket Richard Trohpy will officially be named the Abandoned Thrasher MacArthur Trophy at the end of the season.
*There's a better chance that Phil Kessel passes on a two on one than Nazem Kadri gets recalled given that Tim "Who The @#$%" Brent has two goals already.
*Ron Wilson will stop a...
October 7th 2010, the beginning of the 2010-2011 NHL Regular Season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will once again host the Montreal Canadiens for the season opener.
The Leafs are looking to get off to a better start than the one they got off to last season (winless in October.) a victory in their first game of the season would go along way to help them do that.
After questions yesterday about Carey Price not being able to start tonight due to being sick have been answered, he will start.
Here are the Lineups for tonight's Season Opener;
Kris Versteeg - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel
Nikolai Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Clarke MacArthur
Fredrik Sjostrom - Tim Brent - C...
The much anticipated Leafs' 2010-2011 season is finally upon us. The Leafs and Habs will write another chapter in their storied rivalry tonight. I can't think of a better way to start the season than here in Toronto, instead of somewhere in Turkey or Belgium or wherever it is that Gary Bettman sent a few of the teams for their season openers. Nothing says thank you to your fans more than having their team start their season in another part of the world. Hurricanes fans won't even go to the games in Ralleigh, let alone Europe. But anyways that's getting off topic.
Back to the Leafs now. Yes, finally fans will get a chance to see this very hyped team in regular season action tonight. ...
If the Toronto Maple Leafs wish to avoid another eight-game losing streak to open its regular season, it's vital the players don't let last season's collapse linger in the back of their minds---that's especially important for Mike Komisarek considering the Leafs open the season against the Montreal Canadiens.
Luckily for the Leafs, the odds seem to be in their favor with Michael Cammalleri out of the line-up due to a one-game suspension, as well as Andrei Markov, who continues to nurse his right knee. It also helps the Leafs have several new faces in the opening night line-up, including Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. That said, the Canadiens have plenty of firep...
The Toronto Maple Leafs had a game to forget tonight.
This is not exactly the most enjoyable game to share my postgame thoughts, but here we go:
- Although Luca Caputi has been impressive in the pre-season, he caused the first goal after a poor attempt to clear the puck from the defensive zone. The extra 15 pounds of muscle he added has been noticeable, especially when he drives the net, but he has to utilize that strenght in his own end as well.
- The Leafs’ defence was far too soft tonight. Tomas Kaberle left Jiri Hudler all alone in front of the net on the second goal and did little to clear the front of the net. To be fair, the goal was a direct result of Jussi Rynnas’ poor ...
Take a deep breath Toronto, Kadri showed vital signs in last night's game. That's right, the 19 year old Leafs' first round pick in 2009 is still alive and well. Last night he scored a goal, two actually, and he piled on an assist to bring himself to three points on the night. Pretty impressive if you ask me. Not all rookies are going to be instant stars. I'd hate to imagine what Steven Stamkos would have gone through during his underwhelming rookie season had he been a Leaf. But he turned out just fine if you ask me.
But I'm not going to scold you Leafs Nation, because I'm not devoid of reality like some members of the Toronto media that think a thick mustache is still in style. T...