Leafs Need Toughness Where It Counts

Just a short post to get some thoughts from the TSM readers before you depart for the long weekend.

It occurred to me…While we do have added toughness on a shift by shift basis this season with at least one of Komisarek, Beauchemin or Exelby on the ice at all times (except against the Sens on Tues)…they are all on the backend.

Remember the days when the “tough guys” were not relegated to only the 3rd and 4th lines but played a role on the 1st and 2nd?  This years Leafs roster is built with toughness that only see 2-5min per game.  I don’t think it is enough to add guys like Mayers, Rosehill and Orr to be your only up-front toughness. Either one or more of the guys noted above need to play higher up in the line up to truly create space for the skill guys and force the play with a tough forecheck and timely hit or Burke needs to go find toughness that can.

Anyone remember Wendel Clark?  That’s what I’m talkin’ about. 

Thoughts?

LT

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