Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/20/13
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 driving the left wing with the puck during the second period Raymond simply beat Ottawa defenceman Chris Wideman in a footrace to the front of the Senators net. Once there and with a heads-up van Riemsdyk watching Raymond’s movements intently Raymond simply kept his stick on the ice and redirected his teammate’s cross-ice pass past goaltender Craig Anderson.
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