Young and foolish
-- Sometimes the best way to change the culture of a losing team is to clean house and start over with young players. The Leafs have plenty of them, most of them talented. If they enter the season believing they can turn things around without having faced the same problems and adversity of past teams, it could be the recipe for a major turnaround.
-- This unit could be one of the Eastern Conference's best, or it could be one of the shakiest. There's no denying the top four of Dion Phaneuf
, Tomas Kaberle
, Mike Komisarek
and Francois Beauchemin
are formidable when healthy, but after that it's hit or miss. Brett Lebda
could find himself in a more prominent role with the Leafs than he did in Detroit, and what he does with it remains a question. Luke Schenn
could take a huge leap in his third season.
Depth in net
-- Are Jonas Gustavsson
and Jean-Sebastien Giguere
going to battle for a Vezina Trophy? Probably not, but as a duo they could give the Leafs their best goaltending since Ed Belfour
carried the load in 2003-04.