It wasn't pretty tonight for the blue and white as they fell by a 5-3 score to a young Los Angeles Kings squad that outclassed the blue and white from the drop of the puck.
Niklas Hagman continued his hot streak of late, chipping in two goals on the night, with Nik Kulemin squeezing one through Jonathan Quick's wickets to tie the game early at 1-1.
Sophomore Drew Doughty didn't disappoint in his debut at the Air Canada Centre with the London, ON native notching a beauty to open the scoring on the powerplay, and rounded out a two point night on a late empty netter by Alex Frolov.
The tale of the tape showed two franchises seemingly headed in different directions. You need a calculator to count the number of homegrown first round picks in the Kings lineup, which leads us to wonder: What can Brian Burke do to right the ship in Leafland without two potential lottery picks at 2010 and 2011 entry draft?
Here's hoping some talented young names make it to July 1 this summer…
I turn it over to you:
-With Jonas Gustavsson poised to run with the starting goaltending duties for the blue and white, how will he handle the added pressure? Is he an NHL #1 in your opinion?
-Which Leafs will raise their level of play heading up to the trade deadline to either a) get paroled to a playoff contender , or b) earn a spot on Brian Burke’s team of the future?
-Will Thomas Kaberle waive his no-trade clause? What is an acceptable return for a player of his skill-set?
-What should the Leafs do with some of their “anchors”? (aka: Jason Blake, Jeff Finger, Vesa Toskala)
Keep the faith Leafs fans – two trade deadlines coming up (before and after the Olympic break). Brian Burke may just have a rabbit up his sleeve yet.
About the Author
Written by Mike De Petrillo
Leafs fan; former OHL LW; Live in Toronto