Toronto Maple Leafs: Scoring By Committee Can Get Them Into The Playoffs

August 17th, 2010 by Drew West Leave a reply »
With the Kaberle fiasco finally over and done with, we now have a much clearer picture of what the Leafs top six forward group will look like for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. While most hockey fans will say the Leafs will be one of the worst offensive teams in the league, I'm not so pessimistic.

Not all successful teams in the NHL have a top forward line consisting of Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alexander Ovechkin, or Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau. Some teams are built without superstars, and rely on many "decent" players to contribute 15-25 goals a season.

Although this type of roster isn't built to win game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, it can at least be a formula to stay competitive night in and night out. As Montreal showed last season, the playoffs are unpredictable and there is always a chance that the underdog can upset a top team.

After doing a little research, there seemed to be a large amount of "offensively challenged" teams who made it in the playoffs or missed out by only a few points last season. These teams either suffered key injuries, had underachieving star players, or ...

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