On one hand, Ron Wilson said he respects Sundin for not rushing back if he is unsure whether or not he wants to play -- adding that he would welcome back the longtime Leafs captain with open arms.
On the other hand, Wilson suggested that one of the problems with the sad-sack Leafs last year was a distinct lack of leadership.
And you don't have to be Howie Meeker to connect the dots there, that leadership is supposed to be one of the major responsibilities of the team captain.
Is Wilson right about the Leafs recent poor form?
Full story: Wilson suggests Mats was part of the problem
the selfish Swede.
Garry Brodhagen, 2008-09-05 08:33:11
Time will tell how that 3rd round pick for Mayers turns out. But, you need veteran guys with character on a team.
If you look at the 2001 NHL Draft, Round 3 for example:
17 out of 34 players selected have played at least ONE game in the NHL;
SEVEN players have played more than 50 games in the NHL;
13 of the 17 who have actually made it to the NHL have less than 20 points so far;
There are a few gems - Tomas Plekanec - 145 points, Stephane Veilleux - 67 points and Patrick Sharp - 135 points.
So, it is pretty much established that the player the St.Louis Blues will be getting for Jamal Mayers, in all likelihood, will never even make the NHL.
He could, but the odds are that he will have very little impact.
gordholio, 2008-07-07 15:49:49
"A lot of" - in the way I used it - is simply another way of saying "many."
Get off your high horse.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-07-07 10:25:28
And I could find just as many, if not more, who went in later rounds. The point is, a guy like Mayers might well help a team expected to be in contention next season as a depth/specialty player. Toronto will not be in contention for at least two more years (and maybe 3), so what need do they have for that type of player?
DisgruntledFan, 2008-06-24 15:47:43