Ben Scrivens– The Toronto netminder came off a strong performance in St. Louis Thursday night, but struggled in his previous two appearances. With Ron Wilson having zero confidence in Jonas Gustavsson, the net is Scrivens’ to lose until James Reimer’s eventual return obviously. At 25 years of age, Scrivens is no rookie, and he has to find consistency or the Leafs might have to look elsewhere in net.
Tyler Bozak– With zero goals on the campaign, Bozak certainly hasn’t gone off to a good start. Yet he recorded two points on Thurday, and almost had a third if Kessel hadn’t shot the one-timer off the post. Many questioned the Leafs’ decision to not call up Joe Colborne, who’s been absolutely lighting up the AHL to fill the void of Tim Connolly. However, Bozak has proven he can be a good temporary replacement on the top line, he will have to keep showing that tonight.
Matt Frattin– With only one assist in thirteen games this season, Matt Frattin has to produce more if he is to stay in the NHL. Frattin scored 2 goals and added a helper in his brief 3 game stint with the Marlies. Frattin has been getting chances and I think he will really take off once he gets goal no. 1 off his back.
Luke Schenn– Played nearly 17 minutes Thursday, which is still last on the Leafs D. Schenn had a solid game, finishing checks and making good, quick puck decisions. However, Schenn caught another bad break, as he was sprawled out in front of the net when Patrick Bergland netted the tying goal. Schenn saw no ice time afterwards. Schenn is a developing defenseman and this is all part of the growing pains. Schenn should return to form relatively soon.
Phil Kessel– The league leading scorer has 18 goals in 33 games against the Senators in his career, and netted a hat trick earlier this year. There’s not much more to watch for in Phil Kessel other than whether he’ll score his
13th goal tonight.