The Toronto Maple Leafs have a serious weakness on
How Can Rosen Help?
Following the injuries to Jake Gardiner and Travis Dermott at the end of February, Toronto’s
Now that Dermott has returned from his injury and Rosen is ready to join the team, Toronto’s
Rosen is a great puck-handler, which already makes him a drastic upgrade over Marincin. His ability with the puck will allow him to make an impact in transition, something the team sorely needs from its backend. In addition to his puck-handling, Rosen is also a top-notch skater. His skating should help improve a defensive core that has often been found flat-footed against their opponents. While it goes without saying that no one player will fix all of the Leafs’ problems, Rosen will no doubt be an improvement.
One Week Remains, Then Playoffs
The addition of Rosen comes at a much needed time. Had he not been out of action with a foot injury, he would have joined the team as soon as Gardiner and Dermott went down. Now, a month later, the Maple Leafs are running out of time to fix their problems. As only four games remain in the regular season, the team has limited chances to integrate Rosen into the mix and work out the kinks.
SportsNet’s Luke Fox detailed the likely usage of Rosen and Gardiner during the team’s final week. Rosen will make his season debut against the Islanders on Monday and will likely play the next night against the Carolina Hurricanes as well. The Leafs are
Toronto must figure out the best way to utilize Rosen, Dermott, and Gardiner and they must do it fast. The team will improve with these additions, but with only a week remaining in the regular season, there are few chances to shake off any possible rust. The Boston Bruins are still the Maple Leafs’ likely first-round playoff matchup and they will not allow the Toronto to get away with having a banged-up team. If the Leafs want to make it past the first round, they need to hope that they can get rolling in a hurry.
Rosen’s Season Has Been One of Improvement
Rosen narrowly missed making the Leafs roster out of training camp. Mike Babcock explained that he thought Rosen had a good chance to make the team out of camp, as reported by SportsNet’s Luke Fox. However, despite spending the season with the Marlies in the AHL, his season has been full of growth and improvement.
He began last season with the Maple Leafs where he
As a player who went undrafted, Rosen has shown great development over his last two seasons with the Marlies. His skills have quickly made him one of Toronto’s top defensive prospects and he could end up playing a large part in the Maple Leafs’ success in the very near future.
Brian Joyce is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Sport Media program. For better or worse, Brian is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan. In addition to hockey, Brian also enjoys watching baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse and pro wrestling. Brian also works as an editor for WrestleTalk.com and as a digital content producer for Chikara Pro Wrestling.