Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Why the Maple Leafs will make the playoffs
The NHL training camps are just around the corner and Leafs Nation is wondering if this will finally be the season in which the club and its fans get to do more in April then whine and pack their bags, something the club has not done since the pre-lockout days. Brian Burke has continued to retool the team into a club that will play hard every night and coach Ron Wilson will need to continue to get this club to buy into his system, if the club is to make some sort of run towards the playoffs. The real winners when this happens will be the fans, how many playoffs do we have to sit and listen to how great our friends teams are and how our team has all the golf courses in the country booked, I for one am sick of it and this is why I feel the Leafs will make the playoffs this season.
Goaltending- The club goes into the season with a former Stanley Cup winner in J.S. Giguere and sophomore Jonas Gustavsson, this should be the clubs best tandem since the Curtis Joseph and Glenn Healy days.
Defense- Can anyone deny that this club at least on paper has one of the best starting six in all of hockey. The current look of Phaneuf, Kaberle, Beauchemin, Komisarek, Gunnarsson and Schenn will be a force to be wrecking, with a cap hit of just under $23 million they need to be.
Phil Kessel- The speedy sniper popped 30 goals while missing the first month of the season and playing towards the end partially injured, there is no reason with the amount of shots he takes and with Wilson increasing his ice time that the kid can not score 40.
Sandpaper- The team will be in your face all game with the likes of Phaneuf, Komisarek, Schenn, Orr, Armstrong and Brown. The might want to reinforce the boards at the ACC.
Nikolai Kulemin- Kulemin will continue to grow and should crack the 20 goal mark this season, is their any Leafs forward that can dominate the boards the way Kulemin can, I think not.
History- The final reason may be just a superstitious but club has only missed the playoffs once when the playoff year ends with 1 at the end, this goes all the way back to 1931.
Well Leafs Nation their you have it the reasons I feel our beloved blue and white will make the post season this season, is their any other reasons that makes you think why they can?
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