I will be doing two player-a-days today. Tomorrow I will be writing a blog on the Kadri-Kessel-Bozak line that I have been waiting to see all preseason. I truly believe this will save Kadri's pre-season.
One of the "major" college signings Burke made towards the end of the 2008-09 season, Christian Hanson will be taking up the 4th line center position of this Leafs team.
Although Burke hoped for Hanson to be in a much better position, as he hoped he would turn out to be a top 6 winger, he can't be upset with the type of player he has become. This past off-season Christian Hanson knew what role he was going to play this season, and he got bigger, and stronger.
The Leafs new Tie Domi, the guy that teammates and management love. The guy that Leaf fans enjoy watching, mainly because they know he is physical and will likely fight that game. That guy is Colton Orr.
Last Season Colton Orr played in all 82 games last season, notching 4 goals and 2 assists for a total of 6 points. That also includes a whopping 236 PIMs and a decent -4 rating.
Just from that you can clearly tell what Colton was brought in to do.... fight. At 1 million per year it's a bargain for the type of impact Orr has on the team. Opposing players will be less likely to take a run at Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak or Kris Versteeg, why? They know in the back of their mind that Colton O...
This season the Leafs will try and end their playoff drought, and this seems to be the year to do it.
We have focused on the Leafs main components of their team, Defense, Goaltending, Forwards, Management and The Marlies. Throughout this we broke down and tried to find the Leafs weakness for this upcoming season. Turns out (This is a shocker) that the Leafs forwards will be the teams weakness.
In order to make the playoffs this upcoming season the Leafs need to play a defensive game, and feed off their defensive strengths. I'm just going to throw this out there but, why not get rid of Keith Acton, and see if Hitchcock is willing to leave the Blue Jackets to take a coaching job in Tor...
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The Cuts have been announced,
Jussai Rynnas, Ben Scrivens, Keith Aulie, Brennan, Juraj Mikus, Jerry D'amigo, Bayden Irwin, Marcel Mueller, Greg Scott, Robert Slaney, and Korbian Holzer have all been sent back to the AHL. (Just those group of guys make the Marlies look scary.)
Jesse Blacker, Sam Carrick, Andrew Crescenzi, and Brad Ross have been returned to their Junior clubs.
Wayne Primeau was released from his PTO (Pro Tryout)
I'm Back, after about a week and half away from blogging.
I will finish off "The Future" segment tomorrow and will a...
Now that I'm back from my summer vacation in beautiful Florida, it's time to gear up for the start of the NHL season with only a month left to go. There's a positive vibe around the city and Leaf fans seem to be pretty excited. For the first time in years the team as an identity and a direction. Fans around the city are debating the expectations for this team; some expect the playoffs and some expect the Bruins to have another lottery pick. Team projections have been beaten to death already, but the team is made up of players, so I'm going to do my best to give some projections for the main individual players on the Leafs. I'm going to leave goaltenders Giguere and Gustavsson out because...
So lately I've been focusing on how the Leafs will or will not make the playoffs, goaltending, defense, forwards, etc. Now it's time for a change, let's take a look at the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate for the Maple Leafs.
Last Season the Marlies finished with a record of 33-35-6, missing the playoffs. This season though will be different, as some expect that the Marlies will be contenders.
With the likely additions of Brayden Irwin, Luca Caputi, Jerry D'Amigo, Jeff Finger and Matt Lashoff, will improve the team's core. Ben Ondrus is the key subtraction on the team.
The goaltending arrival of Jussai Rynnas, will take some of the pressure off of James Reimer.
Starting September 14th I will be counting down to the Leafs regular season opener on October 7th.
To do this I will be introducing a new feature I will be doing called "A Player-a-Day" Starting with the role players (Sjostrom, Finger etc) and build up to the key players (Kessel, Phaneuf etc)
So watch for it starting September 14th, shortly after the conclusion of "The Future"