Toronto Maple Leafs: Season May Be Won Or Lost Down The Middle

August 16th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »


As much as it pains me to write this, Toronto Maple Leaf fans look to be headed for another long/frustrating season in 2010-11.

While the Leafs will be a tougher team to play against, if general manager Brian Burke hits the floor running with the likes of Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski, and Christian Hanson down the middle they will lose more battles and more games than they win.

Want proof? Here is a sample of the top three centres from the top eight Eastern Conference teams as projected by The Hockey News:


Boston Bruins: Marc Savard, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron

Buffalo Sabres: Derek Roy, Tim Connolly, Paul Gaustad

Montreal Canadiens: Scott Gomez, Tomas Plekanec, Dustin Boyd

Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher, Peter Regin

Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal

Philadelphia Flyers: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux

Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson

Washington Capitals: Nicklas Backstrom, Mathieu Perreault, David Steckel

Outside of Washin ...

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