The NHL lockout is disappointing to say the least for all those who love the game, but for the Toronto Maple Leafs it has to be particularly disconcerting. An unsavory aspect of a lockout in professional sports is the challenge presented to players who want to maintain, if not improve, their level of play.
With a young team and key players who were felled by injury last season, the lockout represents an opportunity lost for certain Leafs. While players continue to work out on their own in order to stay in game-shape and others have signed on to play in the AHL or overseas, there is no substitute for the ebb and flow of the NHL game.
Bearing that notion in mind, here are three Leafs players for whom the lockout is particularly detrimental.