The Maple Leafs‘ policeman had his season ended early courtesy of a January bout with Anaheim’s George Parros in which he suffered a concussion and subsequently missed the final 36 games of the season. General manager Brian Burke indicated how he could have returned prior to season’s end, but was kept out of the lineup to safely assure a full recovery. That was the second major incident of the season, however; a one-punch knockout by Derek Engelland leveled him in a game in mid-October. Yet, showing the toughness and commitment, he didn’t miss any time, returning the next game. Towering at six-foot-three, 222-pounds, the winger still led the Buds in penalty minutes (128), and major penalties (14 – 9th overall in the NHL despite the time missed; coincidentally Parros led the NHL with 27). He fits into the evolving policeman role that requires some form of complementary skill – defensive awareness and improving positional play in his case – making him less of a liability of the limited amount of minutes (averaged slightly above five minutes per game). The Winnipeg, Manitoba native made steady improvements in selective aggressiveness, while still preserving toughness and industry with a mean streak. Propelled by a hunched over stride, he drives through his body contact, playing a refined energy role at a reasonable cap hit.