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Toronto Maple Leafs: Mike Brown Getting Down and Side Notes

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 06:  Mike Brown #18 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in his first NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre on November 6, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The Sabres defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Louis PisanoAnalyst IDecember 1, 2010

Though he’s buried on the fourth line most nights, Mike Brown has been the most consistent Leafs thus far this year.

Brown exudes Brian Burke's "truculence" that has been so often associated in conversation about the Leafs.

He’s considered a "tough guy," but he doesn’t get caught up in the "staged fight." He certainly won’t turn down an invitation to a dance, though, if called for.

His speed and relentless fore-checking has created turnovers and scoring chances.

If some of the more skilled players played with the heart and determination of Mr. Brown, the Leafs maybe in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot.

Brown, after blocking a couple shots late in the game versus the Tampa Bay Lightning in an eventual loss, left the ice with what looked like a hand injury.

The talk of who should centre the top line for Toronto and who should the Leafs look to acquire to fill a top six forward role seem to be the talk of town daily.

But effort per shift should be something Leafs Nation and the Leafs coaching staff should access and recognize. I’m betting Brown’s name would be on the top of that list.

Along with Brown, a couple others that deserve some credit are Tim Brent, Fredrik Sjostrom and surprise team-points leader Clarke MacArthur.

Side Notes

Phil Kessel should learn to pass.

Ron Wilson made a mistake taking Nazem Kadri off the top line late last night. I understand he was going with Tyler Bozak, who’s been the better face-off man, but I would have liked to have seen Kadri in the pressure situation and let him respond!

Mikhail Grabovski has to hit the net more consistently.

Kris Versteeg seems on the verge of breaking out.

Mike Komisarek coming around and playing better; still not worth the money!

Luke Schenn and Grabovski share the team's plus-minus lead at plus four.

Where are all those dopes that wanted to trade Schenn now?

Best moustache in hockey by miles: Mike Brown, just another bonus!

Go Leafs GO!

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