Toronto Maple Leafs: Who Will Surprise in 2009?

Shane House@sghcantcopyAnalyst IJuly 21, 2008

There is a lot of speculation going around about the Toronto Maple Leafs and about who will do well and who will go where, but the problem with it all is some players on the roster, no one is giving them a chance.

Not only am I giving this guy a chance, I am going to go out on a limb and say he will be one of the favourites of the team by years end.

The player I am talking about is Jeff Finger.

When Finger signed, he was an unknown to all of Leafs Nation and was instantly put under the microscope just because he was signed for lots of money. But let's be honest, unless Sundin comes back, the Leafs are in no financial danger.

If anyone knows the Western Conference, they will know that Jeff Finger was one of the most improved defenseman in all of hockey, quickly becoming a pain-in-the-butt to anyone who tried to get past him and considering it was in the more talented Western Conference, it makes it that more impressive. 

He has a surprising shot from the point, and is very good in the defensive zone. The only knock on this guy is he could be faster, but he is fast enough to not be a liability. The guy dishes out monster hits and isn't afraid to drop the gloves either and considering how much players are going for these days, I think he was a bargain.

The only reason people are so disappointed about this signing is because no one knows who he is or what he can bring to a hockey team.

This guy is a diamond-in-the-rough and I think he will do great things for the Maple Leafs. He brings a heavy shot, grit, and a mean streak to Toronto and I think once you get a chance to see him in action, everyone will stop giving Jeff the smelly finger.