In the last off-season, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired two players that both hail from the Toronto suburb of Mimico. They both had lots of expectation put on them with the season beginning. It’s hard not to when they both entered the Leafs lineup after recent trips to the Stanley Cup Final.
Dave Bolland was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks via trade at the 2013 NHL Draft. After scoring the goal that won the Stanley Cup, it was hoped that Bolland would bring his tough game and his clutch ability to Toronto.
David Clarkson was signed to a massive seven-year deal with a cap hit of $5.25. That instantly put a lot of pressure on him with that much money being paid to him. With a recent trip to the Stanley Cup Finals with the New Jersey Devils, Clarkson also has the experience the Leafs need.
However, both players have had their troubles in their first season with the Maple Leafs.
Bolland had 10 points in 15 games when he was injured in the first game of November, against the Vancouver Canucks. He has not played since. The hope is that he will be able to return to the Leafs lineup after the Olympic Break.
Clarkson has also battled injuries this season, but he has also faced a couple of suspensions. Other than that, his play has not where it was in New Jersey. However, with his play recently, he has turned it around somewhat.
After the Olympic Break, both of these players will have a chance to turn their seasons around and hopefully lead the Leafs to the playoffs, and if they get there, farther than the first round.