Toronto's take on the summer
Best way to bring Leafs back to prominence is by adding playmaker
Plugging Holes - Toronto Maple Leafs
The Hole: Playmaker
It is hard to get a good handle on this Maple Leafs team, because half the players weren't on the roster as recently as nine months ago. Early in the season, they needed an elite scorer and acquired one in the form of Phil Kessel. Then they needed a goaltender and got Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Next they acquired a top defenseman in the form of Dion Phaneuf -- who yesterday was named team captain. However, in their roster overhaul they traded away five forwards (Jason Blake, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Lee Stempniak, Niklas Hagman and Matt Stajan), and it's hard to see who, other than Kessel, is a lock for even 40 points. They badly need a playmaker who can help anchor a first line until Nazem Kadri is ready for the job in a couple of years.
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