Welcome To Toronto: Leafs Fans Welcome The Future Of Their Franchise

Joel FuceContributor INovember 4, 2009

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 3:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs takes a faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning during a NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 3, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada .  (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Over a month after being acquired from the Boston Bruins for draft picks, Phil Kessel made his debut with the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday Night.

Kessel was greeted back on the ice with a solid hit by Mattias Ohlund on just his second shift. After the hit, Kessel regained his composiure by putting a career high ten shots on goal. He also displayed impressive speed and puck handling allowing for several odd man rush opportunities for Toronto.

Phil's ability to play with lightning quick decision making is a welcome change of pace for the Leafs who only have one win in the first month of play.

"My job on this team is to score goals, and I've got to start doing that." Kessel admitted after being questioned about his play on Tuesday night. Not to be too concerned, however, as the Leafs seem to be playing on a new level, creating scoring chances on nearly every turnover.

This was only game one of the 2009-2010 season for Kessel, but it is apparent that his presence in the Toronto line-up will account for the goal support that young Jonas Gustavsson needs.

Do not count the Leafs out of the playoff picture by a rocky first month, watch for this team to come alive against struggling Carolina and Minnesota in their upcoming games.