Maple Leafs Player Power Rankings: Week One
Week one of the Toronto Maple Leafs schedule is in the books, and while it only featured two games, there is plenty to talk about as far as the season goes. Â The Maple Leafs are off to a 2-0 start, having won their second game of the season nearly one month ahead of the time they got win two last season.
Through week one of the season, here are the Maple Leafs player power rankings, as seen by me.
1. Phil Kessel- 2G, 1A
Kessel has looked the most dangerous player on the ice with every shift he takes. Â The winger was said to have lost weight over the summer, and it shows in his explosiveness on the ice.
2. J.S. Giguere- 2W, 0L, 1.51 GAA, .935 SV%
Giving the Leafs goaltending performances the likes of which they haven’t seen in a long time, Giguere has the Leafs off to a hot start and his sparkling stats are a big reason why.
3. Clarke MacArthur- 2G, 1A
A pleasant, albeit early, surprise for the Leafs, MacArthur has used his size to his advantage, scoring two goals in his first two games with the team.
4. Tim Brent-2G
The guy who kind of came out of nowhere to make the team has shown, at least early on, that he deserved the promotion. Â His early chemistry with Armstrong and Sjostrom have given the Leafs a legitimate checking line. Â His two goals are a nice added bonus.
5. Tomas Kaberle- 1A
Obviously showing no signs of effects the trade rumours or the loss of the “A”, Kaberle has been sharp on the ice, manufacturing plays, carrying the puck with speed, and getting shots at the net, one of which led to Versteeg’s first as a Leaf.
6. Nikolai Kulemin- 1G, 1A
Kulemin has looked as sharp as ever as he continues to define himself as a scoring forward who can play with plenty of grit and hockey smarts. Â He has a goal and an assist this year, and at times has used his size, speed, and skill to draw penalties, and dominate the play.
7. Kris Versteeg- 1G, 1A
At times he has looked like he is perhaps trying too hard, but Versteeg has found instant chemistry with Bozak and Kessel, and has shown flashes of the speed and skill that made him a favourite in Chicago. Â He had a big night Saturday, scoring his first goal on a deflection, and setting up Phil Kessel earlier in the night with a great rush to the net.
8. Tyler Bozak-1A
The third part of the Leafs high flying top line, Bozak has shown great speed and creativity that compliments his linemates well.
9. Â Dion Phaneuf- 1A
The Leafs captain has started the season off on a high note. Â Not only does the team have two wins (which they didn’t get until November last season) Phaneuf looks to be playing with an edge again, and has made a difference on, and off the ice for Toronto.
10. Mikhail Grabovski-2A
While he certainly hasn’t looked his sharpest yet, Grabovski still seems to be on the same wave length with Nikolai Kulemin, and combining Clarke MacArthur on the line with the two has made for secondary scoring early on.
11. Luke Schenn-0Pts
He may not have any points yet, but Schenn has been positionally solid in his own end, and has done a good job at both ends of the ice so far to start the year with the Leafs.
12. Francois Beauchemin-0Pts
Still looking for his first point of the year, Beauchemin-like Schenn-has been a quality defender for the Leafs so far, bringing a steady game to both ends of the rink for the blue and white early on in the season. Â Plus many one assume that it is only a matter of time before the Leafs powerplay, which has looked good, starts to convert, and Beauchemin’s point shot should come in handy.
13. Colby Armstrong-0Pts
He’s played with some jam early on for the Leafs, delivering some big hits and getting a few chances. Â He has been a big help riding shotgun with Tim Brent on the Leafs checking line.
14. Fredrik Sjostrom-0Pts
The third member of the checking line trio, Sjostrom brings great hockey savvy to the team, and has fit in well with Brent and Armstrong to form what has been a good checking line for Toronto, having drawn assignments against oppositions top lines, and performing well.
15. Mike Zigomanis-0pts
Still looking for his first point as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Zigomanis has been a sturdy contributor to the Leafs fourth line, winning key faceoffs at big times.
16. Mike Komisarek-2Pts
Despite putting up two points in two games, Komisarek is struggling defensively in his own zone, and is being called by Ron Wilson a “work in progress.”
17. Colton Orr-0Pts
Orr has done a good job on the fourth line, and of course everyone is happy again now that the annual “Matt Carkner Face Bashing World Tour 2010-2011″ officially got underway Saturday night in Toronto.
18. Mike Brown-0Pts
A small forward with a big heart, Brown has made good use of the little ice time he’s been given, and showed a lot of guts fighting Chris Neil Saturday night.
19. Carl Gunnarsson-0Pts
Also struggling in his own zone, Gunnarsson looks lost at times on the ice so far in the 2010-2011 NHL season.
N.R. Â Jonas Gustavsson-no stats
Gustavsson has yet to start a game this season for the Maple Leafs.
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