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When Kris Versteeg was announced in a trade this offseason, many Leafs fans stood on their couches cheering because they thought they were receiving some help up front, and another set of hands to score goals.
Versteeg started his Maple Leafs career horribly. Sure, he played a decent two-way game and was a huge asset to the PK, but can Leaf fans really be happy with just another PK specialist on the roster? NO.
Versteeg has just recently found his scoring touch with a couple solid goals against Nashville, and of course, a nice rocket of a goal against the Devils. Last night, Kris also helped out on the PK as usual, making the difference in a couple situations as the Devils, at times, were able to build some chances around "The Monster's" net.
I am not hating on Wilson because I know he is a good coach and is still working his players around with different plays and strategies, but Versteeg's goal scoring issues could have been solved a long time ago.
Wilson thought Versteeg was a goal-scorer who possessed some grit when he joined the lineup this year. It has seemed over the course of the season, Wilson has been using Versteeg all wrong. Just dust off all the old tapes of Versteeg in his juniors and with Chicago, and you'll see where he needs to be to succeed.
Put him in a position to come from the point or to cruise around the right circle of the goaltender and we'll get to see him snipe the corners like Kessel does. If Steeger does this from here on out we'll be happy campers all season long.