Your Prototypical NHL Team - and how close / far the Leafs are from it
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04-11-2010, 04:33 PM
HF Strength Thread
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Don't you think you're being just a tad bit generous here?
Kadri as the 90 point guy? He's played on NHL game
Kessel as the 40 goal, 80 point guy? Let's have him achieve one of those feats first
Bozak as a 70-90 point guy? It would be nice but I'm still not ready to call Bozak a sure fire 2nd line center
Mitchell, Hanson a shut down center? Not even close
Bottom line is, the Leafs are not remotely close to being a contending team. They have some decent pieces in place with Kessel, Kadri, Bozak, Phaneuf, Gunnarson and the Monster but 4 of the 6 are still unproven commodities and the Leafs have alot of holes to plug in. I like your optimism but it's also unrealistic.
Last season Kessel missed 12 games from mono, when he came back he didn't score a goal for another 11 games because he came back too early.
Excluding that stretch of illness Kessel scored 36 goals in 59 games which is on pace for exactly a 50 goal season.
That is something most people miss when they see that 36 goal season from him.
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