Toronto Maple Leafs: Improved Offense Will Have To Come From New Faces

September 1st, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Heading into the 2010-11 season, many Toronto Maple Leaf fans are expecting big things from the Blue and White.

Generally speaking, the Maple Leafs look very solid on the backend and their goaltending, anchored by J.S. Giguere and Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson, looks to be adequate.

Up front, the picture is not quite as rosy, but there is hope.

The 2009-10 season saw the Maple Leafs score a pathetic 103 goals (27th overall) at home, while accounting for another 107 (14th overall) on the road for an average of 2.56 goals per game (25th overall).

On the power play, the Maple Leafs were equally inept, scoring 22 times at home (29th overall) and 22 times on the road (21st overall).

Overall, the Maple Leafs finished the season with a total of 210 goals (25th overall) and 44 power play markers (27th overall). Simply put, they were terrible.

Given the Maple Leafs lack of offense, seemingly caused by a lack of chemistry and effort on the part of several players, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke shipped out a lot of players at the trade deadline and over the summer in an effort to change the dynamics ...

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