Leafs First Half Report/ Predictions

The Leafs first part of the season has been up and down, as of now more up than down(But just by one win). They have good young prospects who can hit(Newbury,Ondrus) score(Pohl) and just fun to watch(Suglobov). Some other good things are the re-emergence of Jeff O’neill, Bates Battaglia and Boyd Devereaux. The first half has seen some of the most memorable moments in Leafs history when Sundin got his 500th.(the absolute perfect goal) Sundin getting his 1200th point and passing a NHL great in scoring every game.

The Leafs sadly have had probably the worst injury problem all year. Poni, Antro, Wellwood(an excellent line right there) Peca and Tucker. While only Peca and Antro are long term those injuries hurt the line up alot. The leafs also have no confidence in there scoring especially after they score alot in a game. Also the leafs have to have consistant scoring from all their wingers. Stagin, Kilger and Steen have all gone over 15 games in a row at some point with out a goal. Darcy Tucker has to find a new way to score the defence are cutting off the pass across he should go into the corner and when Kaberle or Wellwood has the puck sneak to the front and get a tap in. In the big picture the problems are in consistant scoring and defence behind Kaberle and Mccabe. White and Gill have been horrible and Kubina is just two slow. Coliacovo looks like the Defencemen of the future for the leafs he is so solid Defenceivly and is good offencivly to. He is playing with Kubina and is actually making him good. Since he just came back he is still getting used to the speed of the game but he is still a solid Defenceman.

Now for the predictions. With the incosistancy of the leafs it is hard to make so I put 2 possible ones. here is the first

Buffalo
Atlanta
New Jersey
Carolina
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto
New York Rangers
New york Islanders
Boston
Washington
Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay
Florida
Philidalphia

Or
Buffalo
Atlanta
New Jersey
Montreal
Carolina
Ottawa
New York
Boston
Toronto
New York
Pittsburgh
Washington
Tampa Bay
Florida
Philidalphia

The first would happen if the leafs get healthy and stay healthy. The second would happen if the leafs get injured and don’t have a balanced attack.