May 29, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Stan_Bowman</b></div><div>I somewhat agree, except I think the second period was more or less even.
For the third we left Lehner out against a firing squad.</div></div>
Yeah, I really thought the Leafs were going to tie it there. I will admit, watching the Leafs this year has been very frustrating, more so than last year. Last year, defensively, there were a lot of guys that would hang the goalies out to dry. This year, its the same guys over and over. Ceci is actaully not a terrible player but he can't be taking on top opposition. He just can't handle it and its putting too much pressure on Rielly to cover for him. Hutchinson, isn't terrible but if Andersen was in net last night, it would have been a 4-2 win for TO I'd wager.
I hate to be the guy hanging a L on just a few guys but the PK is getting torched and Ceci is always on the ice when they get scored on. Its getting hard to watch. Also Babs just plain sucks as a coach. His adjustments don't really make sense and I get the feeling that certain players on the team have started to just say, Whatever Babs, I am going to go out there and just play. Matthews line specifically seems to just not care about anything other than being dominant. 10 shots on goal! Nuts. Kane does look good out there, by far the best Hawk on the ice....as much as I hate to say it. lol.
It was an exciting game though. Fun to watch.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>CD282</b></div><div>The Oilers 2nd line is doing just fine, it's the bottom-6 that needs an major overhaul.
And I wasn't arguing Kassian's value exactly - he's not even included in the trade above - just taking issue with the fact that Toronto fans, who are typically ignorant of other teams players, saying things like he doesn't have NHL level skills.
As for your comparison to Kapanen, they are both complimentary forwards who need to play with someone who can drive the line, they bring very different elements to the game other then their shared gifts of speed and shooting ability. They are very different players and I highly doubt Kapanen would score more than Kassian if he played with McDavid and Draisaitl. Kassian is at Tavares and Marner levels of production.</div></div>
You should probably stop talking about hockey man. You have said Larsson is a better shutdown defenceman than Doughty and now Kassian is Tavares and Marner level effective. That is just insane man. As for Kap needing elite players, he's on a 50 point pace playing on the 3rd line so that is another blown tire by you. The fact is Kassian is doing fine with two superstars. That is good for the Oilers, enough said. It doesn't mean he's a top line winger, it doesn't mean he's an elite player and doesn't mean he'd be top line anywhere else. Which is why people on here say he wouldn't make the Leafs, I honestly don't know where he'd play on the Leafs, there are too many better options ahead of him. In Edmonton who else do you put on the top line? That is why Kassian is there. And I am sure the Oilers would prefer having him lower in the lineup but really don't have another choice.