Before they disintegrated in the spring the Maple Leafs sent a jolt of fear through the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins it turned out could outlast the Leafs and they could out-tough them in front of the net. But they couldn’t outskate them. Toronto’s speed was a formidable weapon.
So if Toronto’s fans were concerned that the Leafs were compromising that particular advantage after an off-season that saw them part ways with the fleet-skating likes of Matt Frattin Clarke MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski the ongoing pre-season schedule has offered some tantalizing glimpses of one potential addition to the roster possessed of superior pace.
Mason Raymond an established NHLer with world-class wheels who is playing with Toronto on a tryout scored his second goal in as many pre-season games in Thursday night’s 3-2 win over the Senators. How Raymond scored was a great example of how a special kind of skater can turn a promising rush into a point-blank goal. With Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk ...