At the beginning of his tenure as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008, Brian Burke promised to bring “proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence” to the team.
This has become most evident at the defensive end, as he has completely rebuilt the blue line corps.
With an average age of 25 years, this group of Leafs' defensemen will only improve as they learn to play with each other and gain more experience.
The future certainly looks bright for the Leafs D.
Here are the rankings for the defensemen currently on the Leafs’ roster. If you disagree with any of the rankings, be sure to make your opinion known in the comments section – hopefully it will make for some interesting debate!