Brian Burke Should Build Team Like 2001-2002 Toronto Maple Leafs

June 6th, 2010 by Drew West Leave a reply »
What are the main characteristics of Brian Burke's perfect team?

Skill, speed, size, toughness, and character.

These key elements defined the 2001-2002 Toronto Maple Leafs. That year's squad was the most successful Leafs team of the decade. They finished second overall in the Eastern Conference with a 43-25-10-4 record.

They made a heroic run to the Eastern Conference finals before ultimately falling to the Carolina Hurricanes in six games. 

The 2001-2002 Maple leafs displayed an amazing amount of leadership and heart which, in my opinion, made this team so successful. The roster was completely built the Brian Burke way, with skill in the top six and grit in the bottom six. Yet, it seemed one guy on every line did the dirty work.

Here is the roster that made Leaf fans so proud during the 2001-2002 season:


LW - Darcy Tucker (24G - 35A - 59P)

C - Mats Sundin (41G - 39A - 80P)

RW - Alexander Mogilny (24G - 33A - 57P)


LW - Gary Roberts (21G - 27A - 48P)

C - Robert Reichel (20G - 31A -51P)

RW - Mikael Renberg ...

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