Toronto Maple Leafs Kris Versteeg: Ripening Golden Apple or Lemon?

Louis PisanoAnalyst IOctober 27, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Kris Versteeg #32 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in a hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Kris Versteeg was supposed to add another dimension of offense to the Leafs, though he has yet to produce.

After playing the preseason and first seven games on the top line with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel, he’s now been dropped to the second line.

If you play fantasy you might have noticed he’s a minus 34.1, meaning people are dropping him from their teams like a loud, fat, annoying, broke girlfriend with a crack addiction, yeah fast!

In his eight games, Versteeg has only one goal and one assist while having the fourth most shots on the team (17).

Five of those shots came last night in a win against the Panthers while playing with his new line mates, Clarke MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski, which I think will benefit him.

While playing with Kessel, who’s had a hot hand since he put on his skates this year, Versteeg was passing the puck to Kessel as was Bozak.

Versteeg has got to shoot, if you don’t shoot you can’t score, well in last night's game Colton Orr crashing the net and having a puck bounce off his skate was credited with the goal but Versteeg has shown he can do it the old fashioned way.

Is Kris clutching his stick a little too tight, is he trying too hard or is he just snake bit at the moment? I have to say YES to all.

Will he live up to the realistic expectations that were put on him to be a solid contributor here in Toronto?

With his skill sets including speed, talented hands, a nose for the net, finding open ice and being overall offensively minded, YES he will begin finding the back of the net and start being who we thought he was going to be.

Though nothing is certain in this world aside from death and taxes, Versteeg is certainly due to bulge some twine.

As we know from watching the NHL over the years, goals come in bunches.

Toronto’s next three opponents are the Bruins, Rangers and Senators, granted the Bruins and Rangers have solid net minders and the Senators are still looking for a number one, I feel Versteeg is going to get on a roll during this stretch.

With his new line mates in tow, lets hope Versteeg can be the golden boy he was expected to be and not another blue and white lemon.