NHL stars are often great because they continue to work at their games. Rarely are they satisfied with all areas of their play.
Sidney Crosby is a great example of this. He is now one of the best faceoff men in the NHL. This was not something that came naturally to Crosby; he had to work at it. With puck possession such a key part of attacking in today’s league, this is important on both an individual and a team level.
Going back a few years, Steve Yzerman was not always a complete player. When he first entered the league, he was an offensive dynamo. But because of his offensive gifts, his defensive zone coverage was not what it needed to be. He worked on this part of the game for years, and by the time he was in his late 20s, Yzerman was one of the better defensive forwards in the game and led the Wings to multiple Stanley Cups.
So it is with the Toronto Maple Leafs' brightest lights. There is no question that the Leafs are on the upswing and should be a threat to make the playoffs in 2013-14—and if their stars improve on last year’s performances, with a little luck, they could be a dark horse to win the Eastern Conference.
Here are five Leaf stars and the bad habits they need to break in 2013-14.
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