The Bruins made a tough deal this offseason, sending former 5th overall pick Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2010 and 2011 1st round pick, and a 2010 2nd round pick. At first, it was thought that these two 1st rounders would be in the low to mid teens, but after Toronto’s 0-5-1 start, it seems things are going worse than expected for the Leafs, and the pick could end up a lottery pick.
First, Toronto has one of the worst offense’s in the league. Aside from Kessel, who is out with an injury now, they have no legit scorers. Mikhail Grabovski, Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Lee Stempniak do not scare anyone. This is going to struggle to score goals.
Second, the defense isn’t as good as advertised. Mike Komisarek has been horrid since joining the Leafs, and it is possible that Andrei Markov made him look better than he is. Francois Beauchemin has been nothing special, and no longer had Chris Pronger, Ryan Whitney and Scott Niedermayer by his side. Luke Schenn is still young and could suffer a sophmore slump. Tomas Kaberle is overrated by Leafs fans, but he is their only above average veteran defender. Jeff Finger?
Third, the goaltending sucks. Vesa Toskala is one of the worst starters in the league, and as much as Leafs fans think Jonas Gustavsson will be the next Patrick Roy, he’s a rookie and will struggle.
The Leafs just don’t have a good team, and this Kessel deal could be reminiscent of an old Harry Sinden trade in which we end up HUGE winners.