Welly at home on the wing

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

Paul Maurice doesn't mind trading scoring chances with the opposition.

That's a good approach for the Maple Leafs coach to take, considering Kyle Wellwood doesn't mind creating them.

After some concerns with the initial thoughts of a switch to the wing from centre, Wellwood has found a cozy new home on the right side with centre Mats Sundin and winger Darcy Tucker.

"I feel really confident out there on the wing," Wellwood said. "I have not been making many mistakes with the puck and that's the main idea when you are playing on the top line. You make the safe plays, but sometimes you can make a risky play as long as you are aware to get back in time."

A LEADER

Wellwood is among the NHL's scoring leaders with eight points (one goal and seven assists) in six games. Already he has set up Darcy Tucker through the back door for a few pretty power-play goals. Wellwood's smarts with the puck are above average and even passes that don't quite make it onto the tape have fans out of their seats.

Though Maurice -- who gave the players yesterday off with their next game on Wednesday at home against the Colorado Avalanche -- was not speaking about Wellwood specifically, he likes the exciting tempo the Leafs play with.

It's somewhat intriguing that although former coach Pat Quinn also liked an offensive thrust, the Leafs are getting many more opportunities to score under Maurice than they usually did with Quinn running the show.

"I feel like we are getting an edge in chances, so I don't mind trading them," Maurice said. "You need a payoff. I like watching the game a lot better, to be quite honest with you. It is a lot more fun to coach a game like this."


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