As the slow summer weeks pass, every day I hear fans, talk show host, and reporter’s talk about how "It's time to write off the Leafs", "They have no offence", "Team is full of 3rd and 4th liners". To a certain degree I would have to suck up my pride and agree, well I did until I started to think and research how they ranked last year. You would be surprised some of the stat's I found.
Firstly lets recap what they have done so far this off-season.
Kyle Wellwood - off to B.C.
Darcy Tucker - Off to the rocky mountain state.
Bryan McCabe - Possibly sitting at home this season.
Mats Sundin - Still unknown.
To me these are the biggest changes that have been made, and to most people this is what is going to be the end of the Leaf's season this year. Now im going to disagree big time. Check out some of these stats and see for your self.
Toronto ranked 11th overall in the regular season with G.F.(and they didn't make the playoffs)
-Reason: ranked 27th over all in G.A.
With all the guys they have lost only one made a huge difference last year with points and goals. Look at the four guys above stats for last season and tell me where all those goals have gone.
Wellwood - 5G, 21PTS, -12, ranked 11th in scoring, 59GP
Tucker - 18G, 34PTS, -8, ranked 8th in scoring, 74GP
McCabe - 8G, 23PTS, -2, ranked 10th in scoring, 54GP
Sundin(here is the big one) - 32G, 78PTS, 1st in scoring, 74GP
31G a combined -22 and not a full season between them. I don’t think it should be hard to replace what Wellwood, McCabe and Tucker had done last season. Mat's is the biggest loss for the Leafs, but I believe that he will be back next season for the Leafs.
To me, the Leafs have now balanced out the Team, they are focusing on Defense first.... which if you look at the Stats that’s what they need to work on. Scoring hasn't been a problem for the Leafs over the years; it’s keeping them out there net. They have gotten Bigger and better on the back end and pickup forwards that know both ends of the ice. Don’t count the blue and white out just yet.