The Leafs are SCARY now. They have grit, leadership, skill, heart, and the ability on every line to not only score, but pound you into the ground. Gilmour won’t win the Stanley Cup on his own but the motivation he brings is priceless.
Housley won;t be a Top2 D-man, but he can play the PP and also show the others how to make a crisp pass up the middle to the skilled forwards. He may have lost a step, but Quinn will place him where that won’t get taken advantage of.
Owen Nolan is Grit, Speed, Size, Touch, and presence. Fantasiic pick up. Try knocking him down in front of the net.
Wesley is a great stay at home D man that the Leafs needed. All the holes they had are plugged.
Add to this that they have Sundin, Mogilny, Roberts… Toughness in Domi, Tucker, Corson (Roberts, Nolan, etc) and they suddenly look damn scary.
Belfour is playing phenominally well this season.
As far as leadership goes, look at all the former Team Captains (and assistants) on this team: Sundin, Roberts, Gilmour, Nolan, Wesley (asst cap’n), Fitzgerald, Corson, Mogilny (Asst)…
Tell me again why you think the Leafs are not a team to be respected in the playoffs?