Earlier this summer my co-worker Thomas Williams provided you all with the straight poop on how lousy Ben Harpur is as an NHL defensemen.
The results left little room for optimism and left me frightened that the Leafs would use up one of their slots in a questionable defensive group on the reanimated corpse of Hal Gill. There were however two things that I couldn’t shake, and at least one of them applies to Cody Ceci as well, and that’s “well, they played on an incredibly shitty Senators team”. While it’s true the Senators do magnificently suck, I’m cautious about how many sins I will forgive of players for that.
The second thing I couldn’t shake from that post was the title “If Ben Harpur plays a single game for the Leafs next season, they might as well stop trying.” This is pretty much true, but my contrarian nature makes me want to find the loophole to that, and I think I’ve found it.
Make Ben Harpur play forward.
I’m glad you theoretically asked. There are a number of reasons for this, and we’ll go at them one by one.
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation