By: David Alter
Several Maple Leafs were on the Ice at MasterCard Centre getting ready for training camp. Among them, Phil Kessel who’s hoping he can become more consistent. I asked Kessel if there was one particular element to his game he was putting emphasis on? He responded with looking for more consistency when it comes to goal scoring.
“Not go through some stretchs where I could have had a couple of goals here and there” says Kessell referring to his goal-scoring droughts. “I’m just trying to improve my overall game.”
Kessel went 14 games without a goal last season, the new acquisitions of Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi (pending recovery from concussion) could help in eliminating that.
“I’m sure I’m going to start the year with Tim (Connolly)” says Kessel. Which could mean Tyler Bozak finds himself on a third line.
Colby Armstrong looked good on the ice, showing no ill effects of his foot which he broke near the end of the season.
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Jonas Gustavsson is now the longest serving Leafs netminder, serving two seasons with the big club. He won’t necessarily embrace a leadership role, instead focusing his efforts on trying to get in as many games as possible as James Reimer’s backup.
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