Toronto Maple Leafs: Report Card at the Quarter Mark

November 26th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
We are just twenty games into the 2010-11 season, and already we have seen a number of players stepping up for the Toronto Maple Leafs and a few that need to pick it up.

Over the summer, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke made a number of acquisitions that, when combined with last season's late moves, were supposed to turn a 29th ranked team into a playoff contender.

Injuries and a sub-par offensive attack have combined to thwart the Maple Leafs' playoff aspirations thus far, but there have been a number of positives that point to the Blue and White having an improved season.

Up front, free agent acquisition Clarke MacArthur leads the team in points with 18; ranks second in goals (seven), assists (11) and power play goals (two); and is third in plus/minus at plus three.

MacArthur signed a one year, $1.1 million contract over the summer, easily making him one of the most valuable and affordable acquisitions on the team, if not the entire NHL.

To put MacArthur’s numbers into perspective, he currently has more points than high priced free agent acquisitions Alex Tanguay (17 points), Kris Versteeg (12), Al ...

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