Patience With Defence is Very Important

DETROIT - APRIL 10: Barry Almeida #9 of the Boston College Eagles tries to get around Jake Gardiner #19 of the Wisconsin Badgers during the championship game of the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four on April 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Why Leaf Patience With Young D-men is so Crucial: Remembering Al Iafrate - Mike at VLM

Big Al (6 foot 3 as I recall, maybe 230 pounds) joined the Leafs as a high draft choice and was parachuted into the line-up when he was only 18—which, given his lack of time in junior hockey, was way too young at the time, at least in my view.  But desperation breeds rash decisions and the Leafs in those days were always looking for the "home run", a quick saviour, whether it was Gary Nylund (a very high first-round selection in 1982, I think it was, also rushed into the line-up and then seriously injured) or any number of other high-profile junior draft picks.

With so many young, skilled defensemen in the Leafs organization, Mike urges patience. Fortunately for us, JFJ Fletcher already buggered that up with Schenn. Thanks! Hopefully Burke takes an alternate course with Gardiner, Blacker, Aulie and the like.

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