Gunning For a Spot: Leafs Carl Gunnarsson Proving He’s Ready For The NHL

November 19th, 2009 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

The Leafs have had some serious defensive issues this season. The kind of serious that calls for you to be air-lifted to the hospital with just minutes to live.

Yes, that serious, and the heartbeat continues to weaken as the season roles on.

The Leafs have given up 71 goals against in just 19 games which ranks them 29th in the NHL in that category, the Carolina Hurricanes are 30th with 74. Terrible giveaways, poor checking in their own end, and disastrous coverage has led them to the embarrassing 3-11-5 record, tied for last in the NHL with the equally woeful Hurricanes.

It isn't just one or two players that are contributing to the defensive debacle either; this is an entire group effort, and one that has Coach Ron Wilson spreading the earful's equally throughout the group.

Tomas Kaberle and Ian White have stood out as the best of the Leafs defense, amid the rubble that has become this season. Kaberle has been a stud offensively, leading all defenders in the NHL with 21 points (2G, 19A) ...

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