It was an up-and-down week, to say the least, for the Toronto Maple Leafs. There were several moments of very good hockey, very good goaltending and many reasons to be optimistic about the season.
Then, there were moments that just blended in together so well with the last eight years that I couldn't tell if the team had Ben Scrivens or Vesa Toskala in net. Whether they had Jamal Mayers getting beat on the wing, or was that Nikolai Kulemin? Was it Mike Kostka turning the puck over in his own zone, or Jeff Finger?
I know this is still a work-in-progress team and they are going to make mistakes, but for the majority of this season, the Maple Leafs have played some very good hockey. I think as the season continues there will be more weeks like this in which other teams start to really come together, and the Maple Leafs will be exposed as a team with a lot of inexperience. That isn't a bad thing, though, as you can see all these players have natural skill and ability. And since the top brass isn't intent (at the moment) on selling these guys for veteran players, then by all means, let them make those mistakes and become better with time.
The Maple Leafs went with a win-one, lose-one style this week to go 2-2-0 against (in order) Florida, Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Ottawa. Here's this week's review of the Maple Leafs: the good, the bad and the ugly.