Toronto Maple Leafs Need a Franchise Player: Who Should They Target?

January 26th, 2011 by Joey Wilson Leave a reply »
It has become painfully clear that the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they are constructed at present, have a serious issue scoring goals.

They have at times been able to open up the flood gates with some big games (The 9-3 thrashing of Atlanta comes to mind), but all in all, this team has a penchant for making the Braden Holtby's of the World look like the next coming of Patrick Roy. 

This team does have some talent up front, however most of these skillful forwards are streaky and can go cold for several games at a time (Apologies to Clarke Macarthur who has been pretty steady all year long).

This type of hot-and-cold play leads to losing streaks and ultimately, combined with inconsistent goaltending, lands any team near the bottom of the standings and looking a lottery pick squarely in the face. 

Another line of thinking that I tend to agree with is that in general, the Leafs just do not have anything close to a franchise player, and I say that while looking at both the present squad as well as the prospects playing in both junior hockey and the American Hockey League.

In fact, since Mats Sundin left, we have been mis ...

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