The Leafs receive a second blow this preseason and have lost Kyle Wellwood indefinitely as the nifty center has surgery to repair his hernia once again the same injury that sidelined him for 33 games last season, having already lost Mark Bell to suspension the Leafs must now look within there roster and see if there is a player who could step in and possibly center a second line with wingers Tucker and Ponikarovsky.
John Pohl- He is a hard working player and does have some offensive flair.
Matt Stajan- Showed some signs of upside last season in offensive zone.
Alex Steen- Could be moved to center, in best shape of his career.
Simon Gamache- Gritty forward and former 138 goal scorer in two seasons of junior.
I have to say that out of the 4 i would like to see Steen have the opportunity to center the 2nd line and see what he could do with some regular ice time, the fact the he has come to camp bigger and stronger can only help him in the position.
The injury to Wellwood and suspension to Bell has opened two spots on the Leafs roster and Gamache looks to make the most of it and now has a good chance to stay with the Leafs when the season begins. Gamache who racked up 60+ goal seasons back to back in junior, may be ready for the new NHL but not the second line center spot. Pohl and Stajan both seem to have finishing problems around the net and are not as good passers as Steen is.
The Leafs could also look outside the organization for a forward to fill the spot but other then Forsberg ( who the Leafs dont have Cap space for at the moment), there isnt really anything out there.
Who would other Maple Leaf fans like to see centering the 2nd line?