The 2006-07 Maple Leafs
Where will the goals come from?
Last season, one of the saving graces of a team that didn’t have many was the fact the Toronto Maple Leafs power play was ranked 2nd in the league. Weak at even strength, the team’s dominance on the power play lifted Toronto to 9th overall in goal scoring in 2005-06.
Given the Leafs finished as one of the league’s worst teams defensively (21st in goals against), the fact they were able to score is what kept them within striking distance of a playoff spot.
Heading into this season’s training camp without the likes of Jason Allison (17 goals) and Eric Lindros (11 goals), there are questions about just where the goals will come from this year.
If 254 goals scored puts the Leafs back in 9th spot, what happens if they can’t quite hit that mark again? Dropping even 20 goals from the lineup would mean falling to 20th spot (or beyond) in scoring — something I don’t imagine will allow Toronto to sneak into the playoffs, regardless of how improved the team’s defensive game is.
When I look at the team’s current lineup and project how many goals they will have, the numbers simply aren’t adding up to 254. Far from it.
Which makes me wonder: Who among these players are capable of more than what's listed?
The rest (Pohl, White, Earl, Gill) 8
The total, based on those numbers? 231 goals.
That’s a sum scantly better than the Washington Capitals managed, and they were 23rd in goals scored in 2005-06.
Where will the Leafs fit in this time around?