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Marlies & Prospect Talk / Winning & Player Development
« on: November 29, 2011, 09:19:35 AM »
Winning is such a wonderful thing all around. Isnt it? Aside from the obvious reasons that it expands the fan base and brings a form of fulfillment to longtime fans, it also props up the team standings, banks important points for a playoff run and usually pads the individual stats of players.

Even more importantly, it provides time for rookies to acclimatize to the NHL, and to grow and learn under the umbrella of a winning environment. They learn how to win as they gain experience and confidence. However, the most important aspect of winning is the time it creates for management to see through to the full potential of their drafted players. They are not forced to make rash decisions to trade away young talent before they reach their true potential. 

Some kids just need longer to develop than others. Case in point: Nazem Kadri vs. Jake Gardiner.

Jake made the Leafs out of the gate this year. His play tailed off after the first 10 or so games, but has since returned, and he has looked like a 5 year pro on the ice of late. Kadri, on the other hand has struggled to make this team for three seasons now, coming in and out of the lineup. He was not one of the call ups when the Leafs were devastated with injuries. But as recently as Friday, coach Eakins had this to say about Nazem. “Forget about the fact that he had two goals and two assists. Even if he did not have any points, this was Nazem Kadri’s best game since he’s been here.” Kadri may finally be developing into the player Burke drafted in 2009. Instead of trading away Kadri, like many suggested they do when the team was struggling, they held on to him, and the patience afforded by the teams recent success appears to be paying off for everyone. The winning is wonderful!!!

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Goaltending conundrum
« on: November 08, 2011, 11:09:13 PM »
Well, it looks as though a goalie controversy is now in full swing in Leafland.

With no timetable on Reimer's return, and Gus and Scrivens looking like they aren't ready to get the job done on a nightly basis, I ask.... what should be done?

Are there any veteran goalies out there worth pursuing in a trade? Do we continue to run with these two until Reimer returns? I really don't know what the answer is, but after watching these last two games, staying the course could be the undoing of this great start, and subsequently any chance of a playoff pursuit.

Any suggestions out there?

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Jake Gardiner
« on: October 01, 2011, 10:09:09 AM »
Whether or not Jake makes this team on opening night is irrelevant to me at this point. He will secure a spot on the roster in the not too distant future, and boy is he fun to watch. I heard Bowen comparing him to Phil Housley last night, which is quite the compliment for the youngster. Finally the Leafs have a real high end prospect in the organization, and the sky's the limit for this kid! I may be jumping the gun here by a mile, but.... Calder???  :) :)

This goal is a beaut....

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