My Beef with Paul Maurice
I have one major complaint with what I have seen from coach Paul Maurice this year. I don’t understand why he has Wellwood playing on Sundin’s wing. I really like Wellwood and he has oodles of skill but he is a puck posession and puck distribution guy much like Sundin. Both Sundin and Wellwood are guy you want to lead the rush. They aren’t a great fit for each other except on the PP. This leads into your Tucker comment. Tucker is a potential 30 goal scorer but he isn’t going to score 30 goals playing with Mike Peca and Chad Kilger. He needs to be put on a line with a playmaker like Sundin or Wellwood. You can make the same arguement for Steen who got stuck with Pohl and god knows who. If I were making the lines I would have Sundin as your #1 center with one of Tucker or Steen on one wing and have Wellwood as your second line center with the other of Tucker or Steen on the other wing. Then I have Peca as your shutdown center on the 3rd line. In my mind that would be a much better distribution of the limited offensive abilities the Leafs have as I think both Wellwood and Sundin have the ability to make the players around them better. It just makes sense to have them on different lines.