He has played the game at the highest level and was a great defenseman for several seasons. He was an All-Star defender and won the Norris Trophy in 1981. He understands the game well on a number of levels.
The former Toronto Maple Leaf draft pick has some work to do with his current club, but the Stanley Cup-winning coach has done a lot of good things with this year's Leafs.
We will look at four separate categories and then give Carlyle an overall grade for his early-season performance.
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