For the sens I'd have to say Guillaume Latendresse. A lot of US Sens fans keep forgetting we have him signed when penciling line-ups Put up 25 goals (In 55 games!!) when he was healthy for the Wild and is a big body who is going to be banging in goals with a #1 C in Spezza. Of course his concussions will always be a concern but he's had more than enough time to recover because of the lock-out
For the Leafs, probably Gunnarsson, or maybe Liles. I still think getting him from Colorado for a 2nd rounder is one of the best trades Burke has made in Toronto, but no one ever really talks about it. Leafs fans in general seem to have written him off after he returned from his concussion and struggled offensively, but he's a quality top-4 d-man and a veteran leader who is going to make younger guys like Gardiner and Rielly have to earn their minutes.
Gunnarsson I feel like is the Leafs' Vlasic. Flies under the radar, but he's a consistent, reliable defender and kinda holds the top-4 together defensively.
Last edited by Marco Esquandolas: 12-29-2012 at 03:05 PM.
__________________ ďItís embarrassing. Iím embarrassed to be here right now. Itís not even funny. And itís just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. Itís not how youíre going to win any games in this league." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, April 8 2013
Faulk was the league's best kept secret as far as top prospects went before he basically made everyone take notice last season. He's still underrated IMO.
Jay Harrison and Jiri Tlusty quietly breaking out to be respectable NHL players.
We're basically a backup goalie graveyard. Our #1s more often then not are solid, but unless it's pretty obvious that a player's going to take over as our #1 within a year or two we can't find a quality backup. Last true quality backup we had was Barrasso. Weekes and Ward were both the heirs apparent during the time they spent as backup.