NHL Season Preview ’11-’12: The Toronto Maple Leafs

This is the first in a series of articles that breaks down all 30 NHL teams.  I thought it best to start with Canadian teams, and no team provokes stronger reactions – on both sides of the ledger – than the Toronto Maple Leafs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Despite the infamous and debilitating Kessel trade of 2009, the Leafs organization is stronger than it’s been at any other time since the lockout. They have a decent group of forwards with a bit more offensive punch than in recent years; they have a nice blend of size and skill on the back end; and they have two decent goalies. But the biggest difference is their prospect pool. Continue reading

The Winnipeg Jets – Fully Homegrown

Where were you on Tuesday, May 31? To say that the day was historic is an understatement. In terms of events worth celebrating, it may be the biggest day in Manitoba since the end of World War II. So in commemoration of the NHL’s return to Winnipeg here is the complete depth chart of all active, NHL-quality Manitobans:

All-Manitoba Roster

C: Jonathan Toews (Chi), Travis Zajac (Njd), Darren Helm (Det), Andrew Murray (Clb), Dustin Boyd (KHL)

LW: Dustin Penner (Lak), Alex Steen (Stl), Matt Calvert (Clb), Nigel Dawes (KHL), Cody McLeod (Col)

RW: Eric Fehr (Was), Jordin Tootoo (Nas), Ryan White (Mtl), Troy Bodie (Car), Colton Orr (Tor)

D: Ian White (UFA), Aaron Rome (Van), Travis Hamonic (Nyi), Cam Barker (Min), Bryce Salvador (Njd – currently concussed), Derek Meech (UFA), Shane Hnidy (UFA)

G: James Reimer (Tor), Brent Krahn (Dal) Continue reading