The Leafs have once again recalled one of the media-named Frat Pack in Viktor Stalberg, and it should be interesting to see if he can translate some of his AHL success to the NHL (unlike Christian Hanson). Stalberg played okay near the beginning of the season, but we have to remember that he went into a slump during a time when everyone on the team was slumping. Stalberg looks NHL ready, and I expect him to stick for a while, as he'll provide a fresh and fast addition to the second line with Grabovski (who's been an assist machine lately).
The only thing I want to comment on here, is how our college prospects have panned out for us. Tyler Bozak, who last season was the most highly touted and considered the most NHL ready prospect, has been in the AHL all year; albeit, not playing as well as Burke would like I'm sure. It's got to be disappointing for this kid to see his buddies get called up and given the chance, and not him. Although, it does push the competition attitude that we all expected. Bozak has got to push himself harder if he hopes to crack the lineup. Right now, he has a lot of competition at centre, with Stajan playing so well with Kessel, and Grabovski picking up his play recently. I'm not sure what the plan is for him, but it should be interesting considering the kind of cap hit he gives the Leafs. Do they put such an offensive centre on the third line? Move Stajan? Grabovski? Put off the arrival of Kadri next year? Didomenico? Stefanovich? Suddenly I feel a little confused and excited at the same time, as to what our forward situation will look like after this year.
- D Rock
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