Re: Toronto Record Tracker
posted at 11/8/2010 4:53 PM EST
In Response to Re: Toronto Record Tracker
[QUOTE]My Take on My Leafs so far (ignore if you're not interested). 1. Fortunate scheduling has helped them get to a good start, albeit they have played hard, they have a fast skating team and the defence and goaltending has been much better then last year. They caught Montreal, Pittsburg and the Rangers at a good time. They hammered both Ottawa and Rangers but I don't think either team will do well this year 2. Leafs are much quicker, especially at the forward line and it's helped their transition game as well as their PK. PP is a lot better with Phaneuf banging in front of the net inside of taking shots that are almost always wide. 3. Leafs are generally small up front. I think that will take it's toll eventually. They seem willing to take a hit to make a play, but the body can only take so much. Grabovski, for example, has been getting hammered a lot. I expect Hanson will come up at some point (he had a great training camp). I really like Kulemin's game (I think he's going to be real good). 4. Kaberla is on a mission, given it's his contract year. Pleasantly surprised with his overall play 5. Goaltending has been solid, especially late in the game, but they still give up some easy goals 6. Defence still coughs up the puck a bit too much. Schenn, Phaneuf and Kaberla have been very good (especially Schenn). Not sure what Burke saw in either Beuchamin (who'm I expected better) and Komiserak, especially how much he's paying these guys. Gunnerson having a sophmore jink start to the season and looks lost 7. Armstrong and Brown were both good acquisitions as role players 8. Kessel, sorry to say, is flying out there (with the exception of the Pittsburg game where the whole line was bad). I agree with BadHab, this is the player he should have been with more effort taken on the conditioning side. I have to say that last year wasn't completely his fault, as he came back from the shoulder injury without a training camp and never got into good shape a result. Bottom Line. This team could be in the mix for a playoff spot if they don't suffer any injury to their key players (Kessel, Phaneuf, Schenn, Versteeg). I don't think Macarthur is as good as he's shown. I expect him to die down and eventually be replaced (Kadri will likely come up at some point). I actually think this will be a good year for Gustavsson and he will take over #1 next year (Leafs actually have some good depth at goal). Bruin8, God Bless You, but it seems like you're on a mission to p#$@@ everyone off and it's reallly getting tiresome. Give it a long rest, buddy... My guess at this point is the Leafs grab #8 spot, but it's a thin line from ending up around 10 or 11th as well. P.S. I really like the Bruins make-up so far this year. Horton should have a great year, Krecji looks to have recovered well and their defence is a bit better then I'd thought they be. I'm expecting a huge year from Bergeron. I am NOT expecting a lot from Savard, but that will give Seguin and other kids a chance. Cheers
Posted by LoveRealHockey[/QUOTE]
Yes, I am also thankful for intelligent things said on this thread.
Last night v. the Rangers I saw a horrible cough up fro kaberle I believe it was, I was surprised. No one on him, no pressure and he gave it straight up to a Ranger like 15 feet in front of him, outright mishandled the puck.
I've been dying to say this for a while, it's as if no one in the league is looking at the Leafs game tapes and taking it for granted that they will be push overs.
I can't condone Avery chopping away at Komiserak (altho I hate both players), but Avery was on the right track. It seems it takes very little to get Komiserak and Phaneuf unhinged. Again, you can depend on komiserak doing something totally and incredibly stupid, like that totally uncalled for cross check.
A weird thing about Phaneuf, he seems to get the calls going his way like the Crosby and Ovie types, yet he's clearly not one of those guys and his game doesn't deserve the kid glove treatment. It's early in the season and it just might be the luck of the draw, but he's been getting away with a lot and not much called against him.
I am going to the Leafs game on the 28th, and I would feel so warm and fuzzy inside if Chara went at it with Phaneuf and pounded him into the ice, and if Lucic knocks Komiserak into a coma.
Looking at the Leafs just seems to me like looking at a building with a really weakened structure and you just wonder how long can this thing keep standing and not fall down on its own. Then add weight to it - and it keeps standing... Yah there are a few good pieces in there, but not enough to make me feel confident they can handle load over time. Just has amazed me so far really - just HOW can this thing keep upright?
Like I said, not enough studying the game film. Find the good pieces and take them out of the picture. The suspect pieces, all you have to do is rattle them and they will over react (komi and Phaneuf), and no reason to worry about the weak pieces, they'll take care of themselves.
Their PK and PP *look* REALLY predictable to me. I haven't studied it that much, but I just get struck with how boring it is, no movement whatever that makes me think, 'hey that was good.' That impression leads me to think that something is really weak about their PP and PK.