Why the Toronto Maple Leafs Make the NHL’s Eastern Conference Better

May 22nd, 2010 by Lukas Leave a reply »
The debate about whether the Eastern or Western Conference is better is still going on. The Maple Leafs are trying trying to be the team that makes everyone say it is the East, as is every other team.

The Maple Leafs have something that a lot of teams do not have: a great mixture of skill and youth.

The Maple Leafs are the youngest team in the league and did not show it during the stretch run last season. The Leafs went 11-6-4 during the stretch run and were one of the most exciting teams to watch.

Now, you cannot compare the Maple Leafs to a team like the Washington Capitals or San Jose Sharks, because the Leafs are not that good and the teams are built completely different.

Nevertheless, the Maple Leafs have a great combination of speed, skill, and youth. Tyler Bozak is one of the best little-known young players in the entire National Hockey League, while Luca Caputi was impressive in his first half-season with the Leafs. Christian Hanson, who is a great penalty kill and third or fourth line type player, is another one of those young and talented Buds.

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