For quite some time the Toronto Maple Leafs, despite having a litany of defensemen who possessed tremendous offensive instincts, always seemed to lack one capable of playing in their top four who had a truly rounded out defensive game. Sure, there were attempts to remedy this. Many men who were lauded for their defensive acumen were placed in the top four, but it did not take many viewings to realize that just because you put him there, Matt Hunwick was not a top four defenseman. And neither was Roman Polak. Ditto Ron Hainsey. All were fine in their own right, but they weren’t the answer. They were capable depth pieces, asked to play way above their heads. The Leafs were in need of a legitimate top four defenseman.
Every now and again, I find myself marveling over the fact the Jake Muzzin is a Toronto Maple Leaf more than I do any other Toronto Maple Leaf. No, not in the same way that I marvel over the likes of Auston Matthews or John Tavares, but as someone who has watched a great deal of west coast games (especially Pacific Division games) I had long desired the a player of …
Author: Brian Reid / The Leafs Nation