The Beginner’s Guide to the 2020-21 Toronto Maple Leafs: The Defense

Hockey is upon us tonight, and for all the new hockey fans, it’s time I give you the last lesson of your Toronto Maple Leafs tutorial. I’ve already covered the team itself and the players up front, but today, we’re looking at the players and roles tasked with keeping the puck out of the net.
The defense/goaltending
For many, many years, the Leafs have been absolutely horrendous at defense. I became a fan in 2011-12, and I don’t think I’ve seen a single year where the Leafs were very good at keeping the puck out of the net that wasn’t propped up by stellar goaltending. But this year, that might finally change.
For the first time in a while, the Leafs have the potential to actually ice a complete lineup of NHL calibre players without a single bad defenseman on the team. There are a couple question marks for that, but for now, we remain hopeful. Not just that, but the addition of TJ Brodie gives Morgan Rielly a good defense partner, and the Leafs a good top pair. With Jake Muzzin being able to carry whoever plays with him on the second …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

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