Bottom Feeding: Toronto Maple Leafs Players Battling for Bottom Six Positions

July 6th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

Maple Leafs President and GM Brian Burke made it clear immediately when he walked on to the scene in Toronto. His forwards would have two distinct categories: top six and bottom six.

He preached that he would find players acquitted to the job at hand, and that he would build a team focused on that simple principle. Six offensive-minded players and six rough, in-your-face type players.

And since that day, almost every conversation in Leaf Nation has been about the top six players and Burke's need to acquire more talent up front. Not much thought has been given to which six players would make the up the bottom half-dozen, because the Leafs were almost entirely made up of players who fit in that description.

But how the times have changed in Toronto and in just one year, Burke has transformed the offensive core into one of respectability and one that boasts some actual offensive talent; and he's most assuredly not finished.

So who, then, will make the cut in the bottom six? It ...

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