Back when the John-Michael Liles-for-Tim Gleason trade was made, there were more than a few member of Leafs Nation that thought it was nothing more than a garbage deal. It was thought that neither player would make much of a difference for either team, especially Gleason.
Well, I think it’s safe to say that Gleason has at least shown that he can be a valuable member of the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line. He’s not a flashy member of the team, but he does things few Leafs do with regularity.
While he has only played in six games for the Maple Leafs, Gleason has been playing the type of hockey that he was advertised for. He’ll never be a threat to score 15 goals, but he will a beast in his own end and do whatever he can to keep the puck out of his own net.
That was nothing more evident of that when you watched him in the Leafs’ recent game against the Boston Bruins. Blocking two shots within at least ten seconds were a big reason that the Leafs held on to win that game.
Am I saying that he has been the best Leaf in his time with the team? No, but you have to admit, he’s certainly not as bad as some thought. After struggling with the Carolina Hurricanes, it looks like he was just a player that needed a change of scenery.