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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #45 on: March 24, 2020, 02:14:26 PM »
I'm gonna take an exception to this and say that Jason Blake was actually an underrated Leaf. And I feel bad for how things turned out with Connolly too.

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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #46 on: March 24, 2020, 02:22:09 PM »
I'm gonna take an exception to this and say that Jason Blake was actually an underrated Leaf. And I feel bad for how things turned out with Connolly too.

I'll accept that, although I would argue that my central theme here is generally just disappointment, expressed in the multitude of ways the Leafs have mastered over the years.
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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #47 on: March 24, 2020, 02:24:32 PM »
I'm gonna take an exception to this and say that Jason Blake was actually an underrated Leaf. And I feel bad for how things turned out with Connolly too.

I'll accept that, although I would argue that my central theme here is generally just disappointment, expressed in the multitude of ways the Leafs have mastered over the years.

Fair. In that case, let's all think fondly about Gilmour's return to the Leafs...

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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #48 on: March 24, 2020, 03:00:11 PM »
Clarkson - Cereda - Bullard
S. Pearson - M. Ihnacak - Biggs
Devane - Connolly - Blake
Orr - Rosehill - McLaren

Finger - Schenn
Ware - Zaitsev
Exelby - Berg

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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #49 on: March 24, 2020, 03:02:16 PM »
Clarkson - Cereda - Bullard
S. Pearson - M. Ihnacak - Biggs
Devane - Connolly - Blake
Orr - Rosehill - McLaren

Finger - Schenn
Ware - Zaitsev
Exelby - Berg

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He was missing your favourite though.

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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #50 on: March 24, 2020, 03:06:38 PM »
I'm gonna take an exception to this and say that Jason Blake was actually an underrated Leaf. And I feel bad for how things turned out with Connolly too.

I'll accept that, although I would argue that my central theme here is generally just disappointment, expressed in the multitude of ways the Leafs have mastered over the years.

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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #51 on: March 24, 2020, 03:57:00 PM »
Stoically Dazzling: Tavares - Sundin - Mogilny
Unfairly Maligned: Kadri - Nylander - Kessel
F’n Maniacs: Roberts - Grabovski - Tucker
Worker Bees: Kulemin - Stajan - Hyman
Perfect Spare: Winnik, Komarov

Kaberle - McCabe
Gardiner - Rielly
Phaneuf - Yushkevich
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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #52 on: March 24, 2020, 04:10:20 PM »
Clarkson - Cereda - Bullard
S. Pearson - M. Ihnacak - Biggs
Devane - Connolly - Blake
Orr - Rosehill - McLaren

Finger - Schenn
Ware - Zaitsev
Exelby - Berg

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He was missing your favourite though.

That's the only reason he's not True Evil.
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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #53 on: March 24, 2020, 04:46:07 PM »
Last night I watched NHL classics
Game 6 Leafs vs LA conference final
1993.   Wendel what a game !
It was like I relived that piece of time
I was cheering for the Leafs and swearing at the reffing of Fraser throughout the game


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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #54 on: March 24, 2020, 05:25:35 PM »
Stoically Dazzling: Tavares - Sundin - Mogilny
Unfairly Maligned: Kadri - Nylander - Kessel
F’n Maniacs: Roberts - Grabovski - Tucker
Worker Bees: Kulemin - Stajan - Hyman
Perfect Spare: Winnik, Komarov

Kaberle - McCabe
Gardiner - Rielly
Phaneuf - Yushkevich
Marincin

Belfour (probably not water in that bottle)
Reimer

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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2020, 07:17:59 PM »
Oh crap I forgot Seth Griffith.
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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #56 on: March 24, 2020, 07:34:23 PM »
Unfairly Maligned: Kadri - Nylander - Kessel

How about a "Hotdogs and Donuts" line featuring Wellwood and Kessel. Not sure who the best fit would be on the left side though.

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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #57 on: March 24, 2020, 07:51:38 PM »
Unfairly Maligned: Kadri - Nylander - Kessel

How about a "Hotdogs and Donuts" line featuring Wellwood and Kessel. Not sure who the best fit would be on the left side though.

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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #58 on: March 25, 2020, 09:19:37 AM »
Unfairly Maligned: Kadri - Nylander - Kessel

How about a "Hotdogs and Donuts" line featuring Wellwood and Kessel. Not sure who the best fit would be on the left side though.

You mean cancer-survivor, #3 active iron man, and two-time Cup champion Phil Kessel?

I think we can throw together a line of first NHL game goal Leaf picks too, other than the aforementioned Matt Stajan.
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Re: Your personal all-time Leafs team
« Reply #59 on: March 25, 2020, 09:57:01 AM »

This is going to make me sound about 1,000 years old but I really sometimes think that Clark is someone who is really hard to explain to people. Especially to younger people for whom fighting has always been seen as sort of a damaging and counter-productive element of the game.

But back in the early 80's and 90's the idea of having someone around who was very maybe the best fighter around as well as an excellent goalscorer felt like your team had one of the best weapons in the entire game. People sometimes talked about Probert being a solid player in addition to being one of the better fighters out there largely based on one sort of flukey year where he scored 29 goals but Clark in his first go-round with the Leafs averaged about 37 goals per 82 games while just destroying people when the gloves dropped. The guy was a super-hero and, quite frankly, I don't really think there was anyone else quite like him.

I get all of the intellectual/hockey based arguments about why fighting needed to leave the game but when you were a kid and didn't know about all of the consequences it was just incredible to watch. The idea that we'll never see another Wendel Clark makes me sad, even though I know it's ultimately for the best.

And seriously though, I want to stress how good he was. If you look at his career from when the Leafs got good until when the injuries finally caught up with him I think you get the real picture. From 92-93 to 96-97 he scored 137 goals and 252 points in 303 games. That's 37 goals and 68 points per 82. I really, genuinely believe that with better luck with injuries and being on better teams that he'd have ended up in the Hall of Fame.
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