The biggest issue with the Kampf line is that it’s the third line

On the surface the Leafs third line appears to be working. They are absorbing a ton of defensive starts, freeing up the Leafs top six for better offensive situations, and generally they have be playing a low event, low high danger area style of play that is like catnip for NHL coaches. Kampf, Kase, and Engvall are doing what you have them on your roster to do and that’s probably why this is the one line Sheldon Keefe hasn’t tinkered with, at least until Kase was hurt.
While Keefe may love this line, I certainly do not. Part of this is because I like to be entertained by hockey and this line is not particularly entertaining or exciting in anyway. Part of this is because I believe that Ondrej Kase is capable of much more than what he has been given to work with, and while Nick Ritchie and Michael Bunting have been given the opportunity to test whether they can be a fit in the top six, Kase hasn’t yet been afforded the same chance.

There’s also the issue with Engvall and Kampf truly being better suited to 4th line roles and while both are …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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