In recent games we’ve had Boston and Pittsburg to contend with, the Leafs are not in their league but their young and knocking on the door. Winnipeg was one of our worst two games of the year, those nights happen.
Put up Kessels numbers over the last few seasons compare to Perry’s and I bet they line up. Perry is a streaky scorer as well he just brings a physical game where as Kessel brings more speed, both clearly are skilled.
Burke ignored the problem of the post Sundin leafs of addressing quality forwards. He simply repeated JFJ’s mistake of giving the blueline a makeover each off season.
Any team can win with quality forwards capable of carrying the puck and making plays. Kessel and Garbovski are capable of rushing out of their zone as well as any ‘pure center’ the Leafs can bring in. Getting Perry is actually a step back in that regard as Kessel is more of a puck on string talent who is fully capable of making plays, he’s single handily elevated both Lupul and JVR’s productions in consecutive seasons. I would contend much more than say a Paul Statsny ever could.
It’s too narrow of thinking to write off talent simply based on position. Carolina is deep at center and their hardly a dominant team despite the fact they fit ‘the system’.]]>
Or that Kessel is useless because he doesn’t hit and Kadri is amazing because he finishes his checks as if it makes a difference. As if players tell each other, look out for Kadri, he’s a beast. Or complain about a center, even though what a center brings is the ability to hold onto the puck, something that Kessel and Grabovski do, yet both must be run out of town. The idea that you have to blow up a team because it isn’t stacked down the middle is just knee jerk reactionary.
As for goaltending the Leafs have two promising young tenders, Scrivens/Reimer have played better than a lot of those overrated veteran tenders around the league.]]>