Maple Leafs to Watch in 2008/2009

LeafsOur Maple Leafs finished the pre-season 2-5-2, pretty much the winning percentage I've predicted for this team.

With a few days before Thursday's season debut, it's time to focus on the positive. I caught a few of the pre-season games and most of the highlights, and here are my thoughts.

Mikhail Grabovsky - It looks like The Grab will score most of Mats' old share of goals. It's been fun watching The Grab, especially with The Hagman on his wing.

Niklas Hagman - The Hagman has been my favourite winger, feeding The Grab. These two on the top line might be our best chance for a little offensive spark. Yes, it's that bad.

Luke Schenn - Our very own Scott Stevens was a pleasure to watch. He's earned a spot in the top four to start the season and is a bona fide future star. Use the force, Luke. Use the force.

The Rest of the Good - I'd like to see more of Ian White as a forward, The Finger looked solid in the one game I saw him play, the defence as a whole shouldn't be any worse than it was the past few seasons and I'm digging what Ron Wilson is saying. Oh yeah, and Tosky might be Turk Broda.

A Bit of the Bad - Mark Bell better not make this team, Cujo looks super shaky, when The Grab is your best forward, it's going to be a looooooooong season.

I can't wait for Thursday.

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Fredericton Steve

A few points of my own Mike -

Joseph looks very sketchy in goal.

Schenn should stay with the big club unless he plays poorly in the first 9 games.

Hopefully Kulemin has better season than exhibition.

October 6, 2008 @ 9:54 AM


"A bit of the bad"???

They're all bad!

October 6, 2008 @ 10:01 AM

Fredericton Steve

And Mark Bell is cut!

October 6, 2008 @ 1:22 PM

Toronto Mike

It's the right move. He didn't seem interested in making this team, and he was hogging a roster spot.

October 6, 2008 @ 1:51 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Our Dog is chewing on a stuffed bear wearing a Leaf shirt right now, its his chew toy of the moment. Hope thats not a sign, You all know I have a soft spot in my heart for the Leafers.

October 6, 2008 @ 3:40 PM

Fredericton Steve

I doubt he will get many takers on the free market.

October 6, 2008 @ 11:33 PM


Grabs had one hell of a pre-season. Looking forward to seeing what this kid can do this year.

October 7, 2008 @ 2:34 AM

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