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TORONTO a€“ If there was one aspect of the Maple Leafs that general manager Dave Nonis believed had improved from one year earli

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TORONTO a€“ If there was one aspect of the Maple Leafs that general manager Dave Nonis believed had improved from one year earlier, it was depth a€“ especially up front. Bobby Hull Jersey . Toronto brass spent the summer months adding forwards of different distinctions from the free agent market, the trade market and as far away as the KHL a€“ not to mention the waiver wire, Richard Panik claimed from Tampa Thursday a€“ all with the idea of bolstering an underserved area of the roster. Fast forward to Wednesdays season opener and the earliest peek into what that depth may look like. Of the 12 forwards who dressed against the Canadiens, 11 played more than 10 minutes a€“ and one, Matt Frattin, played 9:24. Randy Carlyle, the Leafs head coach, was able to flip four lines with matching speed for three periods, including in the closing moments of the final frame a€“ Montreal winning late on the second of two goals from Tomas Plekanec. First Line Player Ice-Time vs. MTL James van Riemsdyk 22:07 Tyler Bozak 21:31 Phil Kessel 20:31 Fourth Line Player Ice-Time vs. MTL Matt Frattin 9:24 Daniel Winnik 10:39 Peter Holland 11:01 That kind of depth a€“ which produced Torontos game-tying goal late in the third a€“ simply didnt exist for the club a year ago. Consider that Colton Orr, in last seasons opener in Montreal, played less than three minutes, including one shift of 32 seconds in a close third period. Orr, who is now with the Marlies, played more than 10 minutes once in 54 games last season. Frazer McLaren, also demoted to the Marlies in the Leafs final purge after training camp, never played more than 10 minutes in 27 games. Intimidation aside, they combined for zero goals, zero assists and zero points last season. Torontos new recruits will assuredly provide more than that. The teams bottom two lines proved maybe their most effective against Montreal, all the more valuable given the woeful night of the top unit which turned pucks over, generated little offence and was scored on twice by the Habs first trio of Max Pacioretty, P.A. Parenteau, and David Desharnais. Four lines definitely does help out, especially early on in the games to get everyone involved, said Nazem Kadri, who scored the first goal for the Leafs in defeat. One of the potential effects of increased depth is precisely how it could affect that incumbent first line of Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk. The Leafs were overly reliant on the threesome last season, a toll that became evident with their struggles during the March collapse. Better balance (or at least the thought of it) stands to alleviate some of the burden on those players. More capability throughout the lineup also stands to increase possession, keep speed and some degree of skill constant, shift after shift, and add hints of offence where it was lacking in the past. Daniel Winnik, who lined up on the left side of the fourth unit Wednesday, offered 30 points as a Duck last year. That kind of production would be a drastic increase from the wasteland of the teams fourth line in 2013-14. This collection of depth forwards, however, is still very much in question. It remains to be seen whether Mike Santorelli can stay healthy and offer the versatility hes shown during stopovers in Florida and Vancouver or if Peter Holland can establish himself as a regular NHL player (centre ice remains a weak spot for the Leafs). It remains to be seen what kind of contribution David Clarkson can make in Year Two, whether Brandon Kozun can make the leap from the AHL, if Matt Frattin can define himself in this league. Its a wild-card group, really, one thats full of questions. But theres upside in the collection as well. And given the interchangeability of the parts, competition for ice-time seems a given and something the Leafs hope instigates improved performance and expanded roles. Youre going to have to work for your ice, said Kadri, who played only 14 minutes in the opener. Some days youve got it, some days you dont. You definitely have to earn it. Holland, for instance, hadnt killed penalties since junior, but took reps in the role against Montreal. Thats extra ice-time and opportunity for a player still trying to establish himself in the league and it comes at the expense of Bozak, for one, who struggled in the role (under heavy total minutes) last season. Theres also insulation in the case of injuries, a reality the Leafs didnt have a year ago when two of their top centres got hurt early in the season. We think we can play a skating game, an up-tempo game, said Carlyle. 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Oshie, Jaden Schwartz, Derek Roy and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Blues, who had lost three of four including a home loss to Vancouver in overtime Friday night. Nick Spaling scored for Nashville, which has lost two of three as it sets out on a season-long seven-game road trip. St. Louis has won four straight in Nashville for the first time. "I thought we played really well, but it was a strange game," St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said. "For the two teams that play each other, we dont give up many of scoring chances and they dont give up many, but there seemed to be a lot of scoring chances." Steen scored the games first goal at 5:27 of the opening period. With the Blues on a power play, Steen beat Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton with a wrist shot from above the left faceoff dot. A screen from teammate Chris Stewart helped Steen score his ninth of the season. "Theres no way that goes in, too far out to beat him with a wrister unless (Stewart) takes away his eyes," Steen said. "I thought we had good jump and we got out of the gates a lot quicker than we did last night." He has at least one goal in all but one of St. Louis games this season. Oshie and Schwartz scored 4:02 apart in the second period to send the Blues into the second intermission up 3-0. Spaling got the Predators on the board with a short-handed goal less than a minute into the third when he scored his first goal of the season on breakawaay, beating St. Marian Hossa Jersey. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak on the stick side. "We were feeling good in here and we had a lot of momentum off those first couple of periods," Oshie said. "I think we responded really well even though giving up short-handed goals is a tough act to follow." The Blues put the game out of reach after Steen scored his second of the game at 4:37 and Roy followed at 7:48. Steen already has surpassed his goal total from the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, when he had eight in 40 games. "From us, we need a little more production from our forwards," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "When we get a chance to convert, weve got to convert." Hutton was lifted following Roys goal. He was replaced by Magnus Hellberg, who was recalled Thursday after No. 1 goaltender Pekka Rinne had surgery to clear up an infection in the hip that he had surgically repaired in the off-season. Pietrangelo added a power-play goal at 12:58 of the third. "Theyre a shooting power-play; we knew thats what they were going to do," Nashville captain Shea Weber said. "They get pucks through with traffic. They have a great power play and they scored enough tonight." Jay Bouwmeester, David Backes, and Vladimir Tarasenko each had two assists for the Blues. NOTES: Roy played in his 600th career NHL game. ... Blues LW Magnus Paajarvi sustained an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return to the game. ... Before Saturday, Nashville had gone seven games without allowing a power-play goal. .. Predators D Mattias Ekholm recorded an assist on Spalings goal, his first career NHL point. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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