Toronto Maple Leafs: How the Defense Stacks Up

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Toronto Maple Leafs: How the Defense Stacks Up

At the beginning of my last article I mentioned that there are still a number of questions surrounding the Leafs this season. As it turns out there is also quite a bit of giddy excitement that's only going to grow as training camp approaches.

When training camp does finally arrive, all eyes of Leaf Nation will be glued to their televisions and computer screens trying to find as much information about who is playing well, how are top prospects are fairing, and who some of the surprises may be. Personally I can't wait. Its what we've been waiting all summer for, Or at least all summer since Brad Richards went off the market.

I don't believe that there is really much debate as to how our the top three lines are going to fill out when the puck drops on October 6th. The top two lines are set and the only question mark I currently see is whether it will be Bozak at the third line pivot between Kadri and Armstrong, or Lombardi. I believe it will be Bozak to begin with as I don't think Lombardi will be ready by the start of the season. But that's not what I'm here to write about.

Due to a pair of off-season trades, a couple of signings, and one more signing that we all know is going to happen, the Leafs have quite a few options on their back end for next season. That's also before we even get into the prospects who are chomping at the bit to get their shot at the NHL. Here is a breakdown of each Leafs defenseman and where he sits amongst the team. Then I will determine where the Leafs Defensive Group ranks amongst the rest of the league

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