James van Riemsdyk scores a goal against New Jersey after not being intimidated by Cam Janssen.
If you look at most of JvR's goals, you don't see that play-controlling ability. Rather, much of his goals are a big guy using his size and strength in front of the net. It's certainly a good talent to have, but is this the player that Brian Burke and Randy Carlyle are really banking on making that first line defensively responsible to guarantee the unit a surplus in goals?
I just see so many more possibilities when you keep van Riemsdyk at wing. At centre, you're homogenizing the lineup. The Leafs were a 48% possession team without Kessel on the ice last season, and putting your only acquired forward asset with your top scorer isn't changing anything below.
That's how I see it as well. Thoughts? Links after the jump.
1967ers looks back at the greatest Leafs winger of the 1930s.
MLHS look at the logjam upfront.
JP talks superstitions of the Toronto variety.
Mike at VLM wants to hear your thoughts on some of this summer's non-signings.
If you don't love Teemu Selanne then you have no soul.
Justin Bourne gives good advice for anyone playing some rec puck.
Talking Suter and Parise among other things.