Tomas Kaberle, A Future Norris Type Defensemen?
At 6″2 200lbs and drafted 204th overall in the 1996 draft. Kaberle has now been recognized as one of the biggests threats from the blue-line in the entire league…Kaberle has often been critized for making spectacular pass’s whenever he has had a glorious opportunity to score.
But some how Kaberle has always seem to have put solid goal scoring numbers especially last year when he had a career high 10 goals.(Mind you that he is only 24 and has only played 4 whole seasons in the N.HL.)
Not to mention the game winning goal he scored against New Jersey in game 5 of the 2001 playoffs that gave the Leafs a 3-2 series lead only to lose the next 2 games.
He has also managed to lead all Leaf defensemen in assits every year.
Kaberle possesses tremendous hockey smarts and the ability to find his teammates on the ice. A swift skater, he can wheel with the puck and loves to join the attack. He also has an accurate shot.
He sometimes makes mistakes by pinching in when he shouldn’t and needs to add strength to better handle some of the bigger forwards in the league.
Still he is young plus has time to work on his little weaknesses, but Kaberle has the potential to become an outstanding two-way defenseman. He’ll continue to log a ton of minutes for the Leafs. If he can learn how to shut down talented forwards better, Kaberle could one day dominate for the Norris trophy.