I know it's just preseason, but I'm gonna say it anyways.
Jake Gardiner is a phenomenal hockey player.
His camp so far reminds me exactly of Kaberle's first surprising Leafs camp.
The skill and skating is there for sure, but even more impressive is the puck poise and confidence he's showing. Exactly what happened when Kaberle came out of nowhere to make the Leafs as a 20 year old and never looked back.
If Quinn was coach, Gardiner would make the team right now. We'll see what happens under Wilson.
Either way, I'm sold - we have our Kaberle replacement. This kid is a beaut.
Dupuis was pretty clutch on 2/3 of those draws at the end. And D'Amigo was just buzzing out there all game. Frattin had a stronger game and showed what he will do next year I believe, along with Scrivens. Gardiner goes without saying how good he was tonight, he's going to be special. Colborne really had a good game tonight and I'm glad the kid got a goal to get the monkey off his back. He deserved one tonight and with a year in the A, I think he'll be a great centerman for us.
Great game from the young kids and Briere is still a rat.