Toronto Maple Leafs: Dion Phaneuf’s Injury May Have Been a Reality Check

December 16th, 2010 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
In the three games since the return of their captain Dion Phaneuf, the Toronto Maple Leafs have gone 2-1. They have not only gone 2-1, but have also played what are probably their two best, most complete games of the season to date.

Everything is going right for the team, Phil Kessel has scored in two straight, something he hasn't done since October 23-26.

Nazem Kadri arguably played his most complete game to date, and as much as he hasn't developed into a serious scoring threat so far, he has only played 16 games in a Leafs jersey, has six assists, 26 shots and is a minus-three on what is so far this season a below-average team.

While the Leafs are still in need of at least two top-tier players, this young group has shown glimpses of progress this season and their young captain is starting to show signs of a genuine ability to lead.

There has been no shortage of "hockey experts" who have said on record that Phaneuf is not worthy of wearing the "C."

When he first arrived on the scene, it was said that his appearance was like throwing an adrenaline grenade into the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room.

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