Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The days of what has not been a great summer at all tick down and NHL training camps are just around the corner, yes folks September is five weeks away. The Leafs have made quite a few roster moves over the last four weeks with the draft, free agent signings and trades as Brian Burke looks to turn the Maple Leafs around and get the team back into the playoffs, which hasnt happened since before the lockout of 2004. We decide to take an early look at what might be the Maple Leafs starting 23 man roster come opening night October 1st versus our arch rivals the Montreal Canadiens. Coach Ron Wilson will have quite a few tough decisions to make especially on the back end where the Leafs boost at least 9 NHL ready defensemen. Here is what we think the roster will look like on opening night baring any other signings or trades by Burke and players avoiding injury.
Mike Van Ryn
The Leafs would be silly not to trade one of their NHL defensemen for a forward but at the moment with the current roster the Leafs look to carry eight defensemen with Ian White capable of playing both the back end and forward positions.
The Maple Leafs forward lines could look something like this:
This will be a harder team to play this season with the added toughness but the Leafs could definetly use a bonafide scorer among the forward corps but an interesting team to watch never the less.
Do you agree with the roster or prefer to see someone else on the 23 man roster come opening night?