Kul and The Gang Are a Hit!

Gus PapaioannouContributor IMarch 21, 2010

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 14:  Nikolai Kulemin #41 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New York Islanders on March 14, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Leafs 4-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images


No, I have not gone crazy, I'm not drunk nor did I bump my head. I am simply voicing the one thing every single long suffering Toronto Maple Leaf fan dreams will happen sometime within their lifetime. We hope to one day chant these words in the face of every non-believer, every bandwagon jumping, fly by night fan out there. And trust me Toronto has hundreds of thousands of these! 

The reality is we are sitting in 15th place in our conference and will not make the playoffs for the fifth straight season. But don't despair Leaf Nation! Mr. Burke has a plan.

At the risk of sounding like any other over-hyped Leaf fan I see a light at the end of the tunnel. It's a dim white light with many obstacles in the way but recent moves from GM Burke have brightened that light. 

First signing "the Monster" in the off season and retaining his services in the future will give the Leafs a solid #2 option and possibly he will develop into a #1 starting goalie as he has shown in recent games.

Second getting "Giggy" from Anaheim for leadership and the experience as well as Phaneuf from Calgary who by the way has solidified the defense since his arrival. Finally the most important decision of the season was not a trade, it was the promotion of Tyler Bozak from the Marlies to the big teams top line with Kessel & Kulemin. This trio is the very light at the end of the tunnel. Since they have been assembled they have been a line to be reckoned with.

Take a look at these numbers. In the month of March they have combined for 15 goals & 16 assists in 11 games. That just about works out to a point a game for each player. Considering Bozak is a 24 year old rookie, Kessel 22yrs and Kulemin 23yrs this line is the Leafs best bet to get us out of the tunnel and into the playoffs for years to come. Every time I watch them I see improvement and chemistry, the longer they play together the better they will get. Ya but what's the Leafs record in those 11 games you say? A much improved 7-3-1.

In a season where there has been little to nothing to cheer for this last 11 games with 10 to play is a preview of the fun that's to come from these guys. Props to Brian Burke & Ron Wilson for turning a bad team with no future prospects into the leagues youngest and entertaining while leading it closer to the light.