Reading the Tea Leafs: Staffan Kronwall

Following on the success of two other dormant series PPP and I have decided that in order to fill the gap in NHL news that we'll take a look at each of the current Leafs, possible Leafs on the Marlies, janitors, marketing interns and prospects. We'll recap their performance last year, what we can expect from them,  and how they can win our hearts (hint: signing the contract was a good first step...unless your name is Bryan McCabe Ian White). We have no idea how long of a series this will end up being or how consistent it will be but with two of us expect it to only be half as half-assed and twice as timely. 

Ottawa suuuuuuucks

Contract Status (according to NHL Numbers)
$500K, $487.5K cap hit, RFA July 1, 2009.

Age (as of October 1, 2008)
26 - September 10th, 1982

NHL Seasons
Parts of two, 52 total games.

Run of the Mill Biographical Information 

Former Leaf he'd have to play like in order to be christened a deity
Kronwall is a stay at home physical defender. Let's say Todd Gill.

Biggest Question Marks
Kronwall is probably playing for the Marlies again. Will he ever suddenly morph into his brother?

Player Summary
Kronwall was a ninth round pick for Toronto, who plays solid minutes on the Marlies and is hardly a terrible callup when the Leafs need him. Sadly, that seems to be about all he is.

Projected 2008-2009 role/team
Kronwall will play on the Marlies until someone gets injured and the Leafs need a stay at home call up. If Kronwall started throwing more hits like the one on Mr. McAmmond up there, and shored up his defensive game, he could be a serviceable 5th or 6th D on the Leafs.

Good depth player, seems like a nice guy, that's about it.

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