Toronto Maple Leafs: Quick Start To 2010-11 Season A Must

October 3rd, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs are just a few days from opening night, where they will take on the hated Montreal Canadiens.

Heading into the 2010-11 season, there seems to be a sense of renewed optimism from both the players and the fans, which given the team's porous 0-7-1 start, is easy to do.

The Maple Leafs' preseason results have to be taken with a grain of salt. Let’s not forget that just one year ago, the Leafs finished the pre-season with a record of 6-3-0, which is not far off where the Leafs finished the 2010-11 pre-season (5-3-1), which, coincidentally, was the second-best record in the preseason.

Now, preseason is just that, preseason, that said, there is plenty to be excited about heading into the 2010-11 season, including a greatly improved power play, a decent penalty kill and the offensive prowess demonstrated by Phil Kessel who finished the preseason as the top scorer (six goals) and top point producer (10) in the preseason.

Another highlight for the Maple Leafs was the play of Tyler Bozak, who was very solid and newcomer Kris Vertseeg, who, combined with Kessel and Bozak, helped make up one of the hottest lines headi ...

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