John Tavares has delivered thus far in his early stint as Maple Leafs captain, with the team somewhat living up to expectations less than a month into the season. Tavares is adding the veteran leadership that Mike Babcock and Co. desired when they installed him as their first true 'C' in decades.
Yet, Tavares won't be able to help them now--at least for a few weeks. The 29-year-old suffered a broken finger in Wednesday night's game in Washington, albeit the shift before he scored a goal. Without their lead man, the Leafs must rely heavily on their two alternates, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, even more than usual.