So far in this year’s playoffs series with the Boston Bruins, we haven’t seen much out of Patrick Marleau. He has just the one assist so far, from the Game 1 rout of Boston by Toronto.
Last year we saw a lot more of out of him, and many fans aren’t expecting much out of him this time around. He has aged, and his play hasn’t been what we saw last year. His role has transitioned to a bottom-six veteran scorer. He has the skill to finish the play, but not the jump to get there, or so some would assume.
It’s important to remember, though, that there are a lot of reasons for hope that this will change.
In the 2018 playoffs, Patrick Marleau was able to score in bunches at the most opportune times. He had two goals in a critical Game 3, where the Leafs were down 2-0 in the series. He also scored two goals in the most critical game of the year, on the brink of elimination in Game 7.
Digest those highlights and remind yourself of this critical fact: Patrick Marleau is a hall-of-fame-worthy offensive talent. He’s scored 72 goals in 186 …
Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation