The Leafs: Punching below their weight?

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Photo: Aaron Lynette/National Post

In lieu of a mashup this morning, I thought I’d put together the following charts courtesy  of the line graphics on DailyFaceoff.com. Look these lineups up and down and consider: is the Leafs‘ scoring depth any worse off? Is their defensive depth really behind? Outside of Pekka Rinne, were any of these goalies that good last season? Based on talent alone, would you be excited to switch rosters with any of these clubs? Why can’t the Leafs use a system that plays to their strengths (or rather, one that helps keep pucks out of the net)?

Nashville Predators (37-20-7, 81 points, 5th in the West)

LWCRW
Sergei Kostitsyn
Sergei Kostitsyn
Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher
Martin Erat
Martin Erat
Andrei Kostitsyn
Andrei Kostitsyn
David Legwand
David Legwand
Patric Hornqvist
Patric Hornqvist
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson
Nick Spaling
Nick Spaling
Jordin Tootoo
Jordin Tootoo
Matt Halischuk
Matt Halischuk
Craig Smith
Craig Smith
Gabriel Bourque
Gabriel Bourque
Defensive Pairings

Ryan Suter

Ryan Suter

Shea Weber

Shea Weber

Francis Bouillon

Francis Bouillon

Jack Hillen

Jack Hillen

Hal Gill

Hal Gill

Roman Josi

Roman Josi

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St. Louis Blues (40-17-7, 87 points, 2nd in the West):

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He's published five magazines on the team entitled "The Maple Leafs Annual" with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosts "The Battle of the Atlantic," a weekly show on TSN1200 that covers the Leafs and the NHL in-depth. Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with his diploma in Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada's Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian. You can contact him at alec.brownscombe@mapleleafshotstove.com.