It is undeniable that the Toronto Maple Leafs 2011-2012 season is jam-packed with question marks. Brian Burke will be depending on many roster players who either have extensive injury histories, or are entering only their second or third NHL season.
Relying on young players to improve on their previous bodies of work can be risky, but may also pay off if most can match expectations set by management and fans.
Brian Burke has shown he is not afraid to take on reclamation projects such as Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi. He seems to enjoy rolling the dice on players who have fallen out of favour with their previous teams, and gives these players a shot with a prominent role on the Leafs.
The fate of the Toronto Maple Leafs upcoming season heavily relies on these types of risky players. Ones that could either have a career year with the right line chemistry, or have a season to forget.
This article outlines my predictions for the 2011-2012 Toronto Maple Leafs roster, showing which players should improve and which players could decline compared to their previous seasons.