As the Maple Leafs’ season progressed last year, the more it felt like Toronto needed a much better left side.
This isn’t a new problem either. Toronto has always had a more favourable right side with Mitch Marner and William Nylander in the top-six. On the left — it was Zach Hyman last year and Michael Bunting this year.
You might be reading this and asking yourself about Alex Kerfoot and why he isn’t a important left-winger (maybe you’re not). We can all be honest with ourselves and say he had a great regular season on all counts, but the playoffs were a different story.
The 27-year-old only had one goal and one assist throughout the seven games played in the first round. And that just can’t happen in a first round as big as this one was.
One of the main reasons why I believe the Maple Leafs went out against Tampa was because of their lack of depth scoring. Toronto had 24 goals in their series vs. the Lightning and only six goals came from their depth players. The rest came from the big four, a healing Michael Bunting, Morgan Rielly, and Jake Muzzin.
To me, it was also about the timing of those goals as well. Nick Paul only had fou …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation