Kids put it all on the line

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

The original Kid Line of the Maple Leafs featured Busher Jackson, Charlie Conacher and Joe Primeau, a fearsome trio that caused havoc for opponents throughout the National Hockey League back in the 1930s.

Seven decades later, the modern day version was on display at Lakeshore Lions Arena.

Whether the new Kid Line of Kyle Wellwood, Alex Steen and Matt Stajan is unveiled at the Corel Centre tonight remains a prospect coach Pat Quinn continued to grapple with yesterday.

But the three youngsters certainly enjoyed the opportunity to play together at practice and hope the unit will remain intact when the puck is dropped against the Ottawa Senators.

While all three are natural centres, Steen and Stajan worked out on the wings while Wellwood handled the duties up the middle.

"I played with Matt both in junior hockey and in the minors," Wellwood said.

"To have us three young guys playing together is exciting."

Wellwood, Steen and Stajan were among the few Leafs who "kept their feet moving" during a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, according to Quinn. It's a primary reason the veteran coach was toying with the combination yesterday.

It was a big night for all three against the Habs. Stajan scored his first of the season; Steen scored his first career NHL goal; and Wellwood chipped in with his first NHL point, assisting on Tie Domi's 100th career goal.

"The amount of support has been incredible," Wellwood said.

Long after most Leafs had retired to the dressing room yesterday, the Kid Line still was on the ice.

"It's fun," Steen said. "We'll see what happens (tonight) but I think it's great bringing in Kyle to our line."


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