The kids are all right! So says Leafs head coach Ron Wilson. "I think our work ethic has actually gotten a bit better," Wilson said after recent trades that have seen veterans such as Francois Beauchemin, Tomas Kaberle and Kris Versteeg depart. "It hasn't really affected our performance at all. I don't expect the last trade to have too much of an impact other than it gives other guys the opportunity to play," he said after the morning skate Saturday. In the past two weeks the Leafs have gained eight points and remarkably pulled themselves back on the cusp of the playoff picture. "It shows we have a lot more depth in our organization than people thought. The younger guys going in with something to prove and they've worked really hard and we've gotten great goaltending from James Reimer. When you get great goaltending it can level the playing field very quickly," he told reporters before the game against Ottawa. Miracles do happen. And, Ben Scrivens is living his. "Lights are a little bit brighter here that's for sure. It feels a bit surreal," the 24-year-old netminder said after the Leafs' pre-game skate. Scrivens was peering around the NHL dressing room after joining the club from the Marlies. A year ago, he was tending goal with Cornell and just a few months ago he was playing his first pro game in the East Coast Hockey League.
Life after Kaberle
Toronto Sun | Feb 20