Re: How is there no Kessel vs. John Scott thread yet?!
posted at 9/25/2013 7:10 PM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Yeah, I just don't see it, shupe. Three big differences: 1) Phaneuf isn't Chara; 2) Neither Bernier nor Reimer is Tim Thomas; 3) the Bruins' physicality is throughout the lineup. The Leafs are depending on a few players to carry that physicality. Of those key guys, the only one I think is both physical and a top six forward is Clarkson. A top line of Kessel, Lupul and Kadri or Bozek isn't physical no matter how often Lupul flexes with his shirt off. Neither is Kadri/Bozek with Kulemin and Raymond or van Reimsdyk. Bolland, McClement, the two clowns, Carter Ashton - all bottom six guys who can play heavy. The D is even less imposing. Phaneuf - heck, you almost want him to try to throw big hits now. Gunnarson, Liles, Gardiner, Holzer, Franson, Ranger.... Only Fraser has some serious strength. Chara, Seidenberg, Boychuk, McQuaid - all play heavy, and Ference was no pushover.
I think back to last year's series and how the Bruins could dominate the Leaf D zone for an entire period - just impose their will - because they were bigger, stronger, and meaner than that Leafs D. A couple of physical wingers isn't going to change that.
Are you not entertained?!?!
I think toronto is much faster with more offensive skill then the 2011 Bruins. I think adding clarkson and bolland is huge. Its about changing the identity. kadri will be a year older and he likes to bang. Outside of lucic horton who were our big dominant bangers up front. Our 4th line is one of the best in recent memory. But ryder, recchi, bergie, dk arent huge guys.
I think adding bolland and clarkson rounds out their top 9 by adding experience, heart and grit. Bolland when on his game is pretty darn special.
On the back end the leafs are deep. No chara but no one has that. But they are good in small spaces and physical. All pretty young and mobile. I like the ranger addition. seidz wasnt a house hold name till that run, boychuk is prone to gaffs and i dont think mcQ is very good at well...anything. Hes tough as nails but gets beat frequently. once you take chara outta the bruins def picture its just avg. ference was awesome during that run. Kaberle? Not so much.
tt also is a big difference. But reimer sorta reminds me of him. Same kinda me against the world. And having two young guys battling isnt always a bad thing.
They will be fun to watch.