We're about a third of the way through the 2011-12 season and the Leafs managed to get 33 points. Again its early yet, but the club is on pace for about 96 points which should put them in a position they haven't been in since the lockout. That position of course is the playoffs.
With some success in the standings this year, most of that success can be attributed to one line for the Leafs: their top line. When they go off, so go the Leafs. When they're kept in check, the entire Leafs team is held in check.
Case in point, the Leafs' struggles this year with the Boston Bruins. The Leafs this season have been outscored 23-5 this season against the Bruins. The Bruins shut down the line of Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul, and all three of them are a combined -24 against the Bruins and Zdeno Chara.
However, that line has generally been very explosive and is of the top five lines in the entire league.
For the Leafs to survive all these injuries, the Leafs needed depth this year, and so far, they've received some pretty good performances out of most players on their roster. We will now begin to break down each player with an early progress report.