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Reading the Tea Leafs - Tomas Kaberle

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.

Tomas Kaberle Wins 2008 Accuracy Shooting Competition (via MapleLeafsUnofficial)

SHOOOOOOT

Contract Status (according to NHL Numbers)
$4.25M salary, $4.25M cap hit, UFA July 1, 2011

Age (as of October 1, 2008)
30 - March 2, 1978

NHL Seasons
Nine

Run of the mill stats

2007-2008 Stats and Team Ranking

(Scoring rates via Behind The Net)

Counting Stats Total/Rank Category 5-on-5 5-on-4 4-on-5
Games Played 82-1 TOI/60 17.35 5.04 1.26
Goals 8-12 Pts/60 0.84 3.92 0.00
Assists 45-2 GFON/60 2.40 6.54 0.58
Points 53-3 GAON/60 2.66 1.02 7.55

Former Leaf he'd have to play like in order to be christened a deity
He is a deity.

Biggest Question Marks
Will Kaberle be able to adapt to zone defensive coverage after playing man coverage his whole career?

2007-2008 Summary
Tomas Kaberle played all 82 games and was selected to the NHL All Star game because whoever picks the players hates Mats Sundin.

Projected 2008-2009 role/team
First pairing defender. Kaberle's going to need to lead the way this year if the Leafs have any shot at a successful season. Yeah, ok, they won't have a successful season even if Kaberle plays out of his mind.