Tyler Bozak now has 4 points in three NHL games as a Maple Leafs, and one of those points came last night in a 4-0 victory for the Maple Leafs over the Philadelphia Flyers. Bozak – known for his playmaking capabilities and hockey intelligence – was nothing short of flashy and brilliant on a play that few talented players can make. In one swift motion, he turned Ole-Kristian Tollefson inside out before beating Michael Leighton clean top shelf.
At the very least, Tyler Bozak has sent a message to the Leafs management that he belongs in the NHL. He’s ignited Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin into a legitimate top line on the Leafs core, and looks to have energized his teammates when he is on the ice. Grabovski may be five weeks away from full recovory, but even when that day comes, the Leafs should take a long look at their depth chart to find a way to maintain Bozak atop the depth chart.
Leafs fans are excited. Toronto may not be on their way to a Stanley Cup, but the victory did create quite a bit of buzz around Bozak. I, myself, am happy to see some of the prospects coming in and doing an effective job both offensively and defensively (though this position in the Leafs core has faltered this season). Watching the youth come in and steal the show is exactly what fans want to see. If Toronto isn’t going to make the post-season, there’s no real reason for fans to have to endure the remainder of the season watching Rickard Wallin avoid a hit by throwing the puck away from any teammate and play.
The Leafs have no first round pick. The veterans have lead the club into a disastrous start and after just a few short signs of strength (this is also called hot streaks) Toronto has fallen back into its mediocrity. If the playoffs are indeed out of reach, fans deserve to at least see the Bozak’s of their franchise crack the league and start getting in some minutes now in preparation of next year. At least then, when we actually see goals occur, we can be excited for what’s to potentially come.
Also, I’d just like to quickly point out: Bozak – 3GP – 1G 3A 4P E vs. Wallin – 34GP 0G 3A 3P -7…. just saying…
Micheal A. Aldred