Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL 14: Toronto Maple Leafs Guide
Written By: JCOL32
Founded in 1917, the Toronto Maple Leafs are not only one of the “Original Six” franchises, but they are considered the second most successful program in NHL history after winning 13 Stanley Cup Championships.
The Leafs enter this season with high hopes as coach Randy Carlyle will return for another campaign in charge of the leafs. JVR will continue to provide a much needed net presence for Toronto. The Leafs are coming off their first playoff appearence since the 03/04 season as they took the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins to OT in Game 7. Sniper Phil Kessel will carry to offense for the Leafs. Nazem Kadri will look to build off a tremendous shortened season a year ago.James Reimer and newly acquired Jonathan Bernier will compete for the starting job in the ACC this year. That’s not a bad problem for Dave Nonis and Carlyle to have. Captain Dion Phaneuf will bring much needed leadership to this team. With the additions of Bernier and David Clarkson, look for Toronto to make a run at a playoff spot again this year.
How to the play as Maple Leafs:
With the Leafs top line being their main offensive threat, try to keep them out there as much as possible so keep an eye on their energy levels throughout the game. Defense aside from Dion Phaneuf is iffy for the Leafs so make sure you always have men back in position. Phil Kessel has a rocket of a shot so try to find him in the slot and let it rip. David Clarkson has a nose for the goal. He will provide offense for Toronto along with Tyler Bozak and Lupul. Goaltending should not be a problem for you as you have the option of either James Reimer or Jonathan Bernier in between the pipes.
The Maple Leafs’ 45 year Stanley Cup draught is currently the longest in the NHL.