Kessel looked great,,,,, Guy has a brief career so far but he kills the Hawks!
Schenn didn't look that good out there. Have the Leafs thought of sending him down at all? Might be best for the kids confidence or at least bench him (Byfuglien was benched last year and Kane was sat for 2nd and 3rd period of a game last year to get a message thru to them)
Time for a major shake-up, Blake, Hagman, Stempnuik, Stagan, Ponikarovsky should all be traded if possible. Would take 2nd or 3rd round picks for any and all of them. Call up some young Marlies and trade Kaberle at the trade deadline.
The hitters aren't hitting.
The fighters aren't fighting.
The checkers aren't checking.
The scorers aren't scoring.
On another note, I find it amusing that Stajan plays close to 2/3 of the game centering Orr and Primeau, and then they move him to the 1st line with Kessel. It's not like Stajan is an elite winger - Kessel - away from being a #1 centre.
What do the Leafs do at centre? Grabovski and Wallin are fine in the #1b and 3 spots. Do we give Bozak a few games to see if he can be a solid #2 centre? Do we take a chance with Nylander and claim him off waivers? Burke has to do something. Not only are our centres ineffective offensively but they are also playing poorly in their own zone and are way below average in the faceoff circle.
Why doesn't Grabo play with him? Seems like the logical choice (but I'm guessing there's a good reason he doesn't).
This is the question we ask here every night before the game. For some reason we refuse to put our most skilled and best faceoff taking centerman with our best forward. Grabovski's line isn't exactly lighting the lamp right now.
Nice to see Tosklala put in a solid game, too bad for the end result though. Nice game by Kessel but damn, Wilson's got to give up on Blake on his line. It's not going to work, he causes too many turnovers at the worst times. After the first game Kessel played I remember a post game Blake interview where he was asked about Phil and Blake kind of rolled his eyes and said something about Phil getting too many passes in bad positions and Kessel taking bad shots or something like that. I kind of got the feeling that Blake may be a bit jealous of Kessel. Who knows just sayin what I thought at the time. I'm still waiting to see Ponikarovsky-Grabovski-Kessel get a shot at playing together. Maybe tomorrow.