Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Leaf players lead both the NHL and AHL in scoring

Joe Colborne celebrates his first goal as a Marlie on Feb. 19, 2011 against the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

As far back as I can remember, a Leaf players have never lead both the NHL and AHL in scoring at the same time. It has been 10 years since a Leaf player (Mats Sundin) finished in the top 10 NHL scorers.

Right now October NHL player of the month, Phil Kessel leads the NHL in scoring with 10 goals and 8 assists in just 11 games. At the same time Joe Colborne on the Marlies leads the AHL in scoring with 8 goals and 8 assists in 9 games and was also selected player of the month by the AHL.

For the first time in two decades the Leafs actually have some prospects in the cupboard. There is no question Colborne will be a Leaf this season. But in past years he would be playing in the NHL right now. These are the kinds of things that are bringing some optimism to Toronto.

Leafs Phil Kessel celebrates scoring the 4th goal, and the winner, during NHL action between Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre. Kessel was named player of the month for October.

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