Cant understand why it takes a guy to be a PPG for eight games to finally get a look on the powerplay. He could get some solid net presence for us there on either the first or second unit.
Eight games is still a small sample size. You could also easily argue that the reason they've been able to score like they have is because they are getting sheltered minutes away from the other teams' top defensive units.
At this point I'd be very interested to see how they do with more minutes and letting them run some PP, but I can see why it hasn't happened yet.
Forgot about Carlyle being the coach of those 2 when they were young. Good point.
other than the dallas eakin coached players ...this is the first time some of the leafs have been actually coached ......carlyle has the game plan ....not sure all these guys can sustain his system for an entire year ...but hes been impressive .....the leafs look coached .....and i cant say they looked this organized since pat burns ...
It is still astounding to me how many people had a hate on for Frattin. The guy can shoot, skate and hit, what kind of a hockey IQ do some people have? He was a keeper since day one, I'm not surprised at all And YES he is top six
Hes playing great, i cant believe people still dont understand he is being sheltered though. I rather him producing playing less minutes than struggling against top defensive pairings. Definitely has been better than i anticipated!
Wait...there are people who hate Frattin? How is that even possible?
Or are we talking about the same impatient people who thought Frattin was a write off because he slowed down a bit in the Marlies this season and then didn't make the opening roster for the Leafs?
I wish we had more kind of players like Frattin. He's can take and dish out the physicality (helps that he's built like a tank and has amazing lower body strength). He's got a great shot and he's not the kind of player that's always looking for the pretty goals. He'll hustle his ass to the front of the net and score a garbage goal if need be. He's also got great speed.
The Leafs need about 5 or 6 Frattins, he is a keeper and not someone to include in a trade package. He plays like a freakin mse, and goes straight to the net and scores. His only fault is that he's not from Ontario.
I have full trust in Caryle will manage his minutes effectively for optimal development.