What did go well with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the season of 2011/12, even though there were some major disappointments and flaws in the Toronto Maple Leafs team?
The aspect of what I think went well during this last season for the Toronto Maple Leafs is the dynamic duo of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. This season Kessel set careers high is goals (37), assists (45) and points (82), while Lupul had career highs in assists (42) and in points (67).
More specifically Lupul assisted on 17 of Kessel’s 37 goals this season before missing the last 13 game with a shoulder injury. Kessel is under contact for the next two seasons and if Lupul performs as well as he did last season, expect General Manager Brian Burke to get Lupul under a new contact before next year’s NHL trade deadline.
In the end there is hope for the Maple Leafs in Kessel and Lupul, as well as quite a few player in the Marlies, some of the Maple Leafs defenseman and James Reimer we will have to wait in see his performance next season. But Head Coach Randy Carlyle had this to say about hope for the Maple Leafs next season.
“I don’t know if I look at it as hope,” Carlyle said. “There’s some things that I know that we can do well as a hockey club, and there’s some things that I know that are stopping us from doing well. And we have to correct those things to give ourselves the best chance for success.”
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