Best 2 Out Of 6

The 2006-2007 season is coming up soon and the leafs have 4 defencemen that will start in that season(Kaberle, Mccabe, Kubina, Gill) which means they need 2 more. It is obvious that they will go to their farm group but who will they pick, only 2 out of 6. The six players are Ian White, Carlo Coliaicovo, Jay Harrison, Andy Wozniewski, Steffan Kronwall, Brendan Bell. Let’s sort through these players and as we do that we will decide if they should be on the team or not.

Ian White: on the team- in that last 10 game stretch of the regular season White was called up to play with the leafs and in his first game he got an assist on a Sundin goal. In 12 games played he got 1 goal and 5 assists. The leafs may have missed the playoffs but Ian White was a big part of one of the reasons why they won so many games at the end of the season and almost made the playoffs. i’ll never forget when the leafs beat the sens 5-1 at the end of the season and in the third period Ian White made an awesome diving poke check to keep Heatly away from a break away.

Carlo Coliaicovo-on the team- in 21 games played he got 2 goals and 5 assists, has always played really well with the leafs, but I don’t know why he would always get sent back down to the farm. I’ll never forget that hit he through on Bill Guerin in the third period when the leafs played their only game against the stars and they lost 2-1 at home.

Jay Harrison-on the team- in 8 games played he only got 1 assist but it wasn’t his points that made him a good player it was his toughness, when he first got called up he played really well against florida stopping Jokinen, and the game after did a good against Tampa by stopping lecavalier, richards and st.louis, but i’ll never forget that game againts washington where he was able to take the puck away from ovechkin without taking a penalty, I like the way this guy uses his size.

Andy Wozniewski-not on the team- he played really well with Harrison, but when he had to play with kronwall or khavanov, he didn’t look that good. In 13 games played he only got 1 assist. He is a little to old for a player that is just starting to enter into the nhl and their probably isn’t much more he can accomplish.

Steffan Kronwall-not on the team- in 34 games played he only got 1 assist. Out of all of the six young defencemen that played for the leafs last season he played the most amount of games and did the least amount of progress. He had a few good games where he threw some nice hits but that’s about it, we need more out of him.

Brendan Bell- not on the team- only played one game last season and didn’t look to affective in that game. It’s not that I don’t like the guy, it’s just that I think white, coli and harrison have proven themselves. If he only played one game I don’t really think he should be a candidate,

Just because Ian White played with the leafs in that crucial last 12 games of the season in which they had to win every game and they almost did, I think he is a lock for next season and the 2nd spot goes to either Coliaicovo or Harrison. But in the end I think Coli can be just as aggressive as Harrsion the only thing that he has that Jay doesn’t have is an offensive skill.

1. Ian White 2. Carlo Coliaicovo


19 Responses to Best 2 Out Of 6

  1. PaulK123 says:

    I think that Coli is a shoe in for a spot on defensive unit since he has th most experience out of those 6. I also think that Ian White will

    be the 6th d-man cause he has proven himself,

    Kronwall and Harrison will be the extras…

  2. Mattqwerty says:

    i agree i think coli and white will be the 5 and 6th d men this year

  3. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Colaiacovo and White are BETTER then Kubina, McCabe, and Gill.

  4. -TML- says:

    let’s not get carried away dude! Be logical here…

  5. DJTOKid says:

    Whats your deal man? Your comments are so stupid, you have to be 12 or 13 years old. Please tell me your that old cause if your over the age of 16 you are a complete waste of a human opinion.

  6. DJTOKid says:

    Colaiacovo and White for sure for the two spots, with Kronvall coming in a close third. Belak will be the press box filler for hopefully alot of the year. The really nice thing about the leafs situation is that this year they are prepared for injuries on defense. They can have up to three guys down at one time and still have a competitive rotation. But watch this year they will have a abundance of injuries in the forward position and they don’t have the depth for that.

  7. JJ-Dynomite says:

    DJOTkid, all i can say too you is…..DYNOMITE!

  8. leaffan6077 says:

    I am sorry have you watched Kubina and Gill play Kubina is a proven top defenseman in the NHL and Gill has been pretty solid for many years I don’t doubt Whites talent and how good he is going to be but he is not better then any of those defenseman right now McCabe was one of the leaders in ice time last year grow up get serious with these comments

  9. sidleaf says:

    I agree with your article aside from Kronwall, hes got a calm, cool and collective game. He controls the puck well and can move bodies with is size, he also took very few dumb penalties. Luckily for the leafs they will once again have an opportunity to give the kids a chance and see who bring swhat to the table, should be interesting

  10. 92-93 says:

    i think that White and coliacovo are going to make it but i wouldnt doubt the others – Bell, Kronvall, and Harrison.

    and what about the wild card in all of this – Karl Pilar?

  11. leafs4cup says:

    i like pilar but he hasent played in 3 years and i thought he was no longer leaf property. i thought ferguson never resigned him. also who knows whats going on with his illness as well.

  12. 92-93 says:

    certainly no reason to not to consider him.

    Ferguson has said that Pilar will try out for the leafs this year and most reports have been positive about his heart condition (especially his solid performance in the Czech league this past season and playoffs).

    so who knows.

    i am just saying you cannot discount this guy and should consider him with the other young kids (Pilar is only 28 after all).

  13. intothevoid001 says:

    i always admired the way he played a few years back. the leafs really missed the depth he gave them last year and obviously it showed. i’m not saying if he had played, they would have made the playoffs, but they probably wouldn’t have lost 7 or 8 in a row in that bad stretch…. or the other alternative, quinn would have continued to play berg, belak and khavanov ultimatly leading to the leafs demise.

    i hope they bring this guy back.

  14. leafs4cup says:

    i just wasn’t sure if he was still playing or retired because of his illness.but that clears it up.

  15. 92-93 says:

    yeah, by no means is he a certain thing. anything can happen and the heart thing might come up again.

    i hope it doesnt. my hope is that he’ll get back on track and turn out to be a solid defenceman for years to come for the leafs.

  16. Wisey says:

    I mostly agree with you there. Coli should be #1, White #2 and Harrison the first replacement. Those three were definately the most impressive to me.

  17. phat_cat says:

    it’s gonna be pilar and white, with coli as the extra! Everyone is forgetting about brad brown too….he was injured most of last year with the marlies but has played nhl hockey…..dont be surprised if he makes a splash!

  18. leaflova says:

    ya i think your right defenetly coli he is always makes big awsome hits and pretty good defence and well ian white is good and young and i found did really well last year

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