No Mats, no Kyle, and no Darcy.
Where does this leave the Maple Leafs going into the up coming season—and who will fill out the lines? Lets find out.
For the first time in years, the first line does not include Mats Sundin, but instead consists of:
Nik Antorpov - Alexander Steen - Alex Ponikarovsky
Putting these three together will surely bring some offense to the Leafs' top line. But you have to wonder if Antorpov will have the same number this season without Sundin on his line.
The second line includes two possible Leafs Captains, and one of Toronto’s top prospects:
Jason Blake - Matt Stajan - Juri Tlusty
Blake had a sub-par season last year. Hopefully placing him with two play-makers will help him excel in the upcoming year, and help Stajan find his touch once again.
Featuring two of the more promising recent singings for the Leafs, this line will be tough offensive threat:
Nikalas Hagman - Dominic Moore - Jamal Mayers
All of these players were recently acquired by the Leafs. It was a hard choice between Hagman and Tlusty, but over the course of the year Hagman will move up through the lines.
Mayers, a Toronto native, adds some grit to the line on which every player is at least six feet tall.
The fourth line is like the first, in the sense of having all retuning players:
Mark Bell - Newbury/ Garboski - Boyd Devereaux
This will be the hardest-working line on the team, They may not always be rewarded for that hard work—but when they are, it’ll be worth it.Bell will be tough as nails, and Devereaux will backcheck hard to help out in his own end. Garboski and Newbury will fight it out in camp too se who get the spot.