Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rebuilding the Maple Leafs

My recent poll asking which players should the Leafs keep as they rebuild got some surprising results. For one thing only 3 players received a vote of confidence from at least 50% of respondents. Even more surprising is that some people did not think the Leafs should include Luke Schenn in their rebuild plans. I cannot get my head around that. But then so many respondents have already written off three very young players - Tlusty (20), Kulemin (22) and Stralman (22). They may not turn out to be stars but all three will likely be very useful players in about 3 years. But then respondents went the opposite direction with Pogge (22) and he registered the second most votes although his record in the minors has not been inspiring. I'm beginning to get the impression Leaf management may be looking elsewhere for their future #1 goalie.

Luke Schenn 83%
Justin Pogge 53%
Dominic Moore 50%
Mikhail Grabovski 44%
Jeremy Williams 42%
Ian White 42%
Niklas Hagman 36%
Mike van Ryn 36%
John Mitchell 33%
Matt Stajan 33%
Jeff Finger 33%
Tomas Kaberle 28%
Anton Stralman 28%
Jonas Frogren 28%
Jason Blake 25%
Alexei Ponikarovsky 22%
Lee Stempniak 22%
Jiri Tlusty 22%
Nikolai Kulemin 22%
Nik Antropov 17%
Pavel Kubina 14%
Vesa Toskala 8%
Ryan Hollweg 6%