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The Captain hopes to have a Good and Healthy Season.
Last Year: GP 66, G 8, A 22, 30 P, -2, 88 PIM
Last Year Stat Prediction: GP 82, G 15, A 38, 53 P, +10, 90 PIM
Last Year Prediction
With the added pressure of being named the Leafs captain, Phaneuf will be called upon to turn this team around from a basement dweller into a playoff team in one year. To go along with that, he will be looked upon to return to returning to a 50-point campaign
Phaneuf has handled himself very well to date, being the perfect spokesman for the team. We shall see if his play on the ice, which is what he is paid for, will equal what fans hope for.
Summary of Last Season
Phaneuf didn't quite deliver what most fans were hoping for, but to be fair to the bone-crushing defenceman, his injury early in the year definitely set him back. By the time the burly defenceman was able to get to midseason form the year was nearly over.
If you look at the stats when Phaneuf was absent from the lineup, the Leafs were a dismal-looking squad.
The Leafs captain will find it easy to return to 50-plus points with the addition of Liles as well as the young Gardiner on the team. A healthy Phaneuf will do wonders for this club. The one thing which Phaneuf will have to watch is to make sure not to accidentally hit anyone's skull; otherwise he might miss lots of playing time.
Projection: GP 76, G 17, A 38, 55 P, -3, 100 PIM