Toronto Maple Leafs Must Focus on Building Their Defence, Not Offence

January 26th, 2011 by Lukas Hardonk Leave a reply »
Much has been made of the Toronto Maple Leafs' inability to score this season. Reasons such as having a young team, lack of experience and the most used one of all—no legitimate top six forward, have been thrown around by fans. Although all of those reasons are true, adding another forward may not be Leafs general manager Brian Burke's main concern right now.

Burke wants to build the Maple Leafs from the net out; starting with goaltending, moving out to the defence and wrapping things up by putting together the forward group. While it looks like Burke has done a great job of that on paper that philosophy certainly has not been showing on the ice.

With former NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup champion Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 6'3", 192-pound Jonas Gustavsson and rookie sensation James Reimer between the pipes, the Maple Leafs certainly appear to be set in goal.

The defence, headlined by Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn and four-time All-Star Tomas Kaberle, also looks─on paper─like it should be one of, if not the best group in the entire National Hockey League.

However, they have combin ...

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