Komarov is a high level PK guy, he forechecks well, but his management of Grabo's rage really demonstrated the guy knows exactly what he is doing. He isn't out there just blindly hitting everyone and agitating everyone. He knows when to push buttons, provides leadership for his own guys, is just generally a solid player. I have a feeling the points will come once the chemistry develops.
Okay, I changed the title and added the "Future Captain" kind of in jest.
However, seeing him pull Grabovski away from the Canadiens bench the other day made me think of how interesting it would be to have a captain who could communicate on the ice in the native language of players from several countries.
Of course he could also talk smack to most of the players in the league.
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
I'm quite positively surprised to see how well Leo has translated his game into NHL. He has played really solid from what I have read and seen. Not many points yet, but otherwise has played really well, I hope he has a bright future in the team as well.
Komarov is going to get a nice contract this summer. Good for him, he's been a key element to the team this year that we so badly needed. He's one of the primary reasons why the team is hard to play against.
The aspect of his game that stands out for me is his consistency. Game to game and shift to shift. Love that expression of his also...must drive the opposition to distraction. This is the kind of player that gets more prominent as the games get more intense and meaningful....playoff ready skills for sure.
He's been a great addition to the second line and has drummed up a lot of enthusiasm from Grabo and Kuley by being the aggressor/hitter, which creates more space for them to do the things they used to do.
Love how him and Grabo seem to have a brotherly-like comradery when sticking up for each other. Now if Kuley could get in there more often, we'd have a sick scoring/checking line.
It's only a matter of time. Hopefully both Grabo and Kuley get out of their scoring funk soon. We'll need them for the coming week.