Toronto Maple Leafs: Who Will be Their Playoff X-Factor?

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Tyler Bertuzzi

Tyler Bertuzzi is close to having a 20-goal season with 40+ points.

Not bad, considering that he only had 13 points in his first 30 games with the Leafs. He's having a much more productive and consistent second half of his season. Bertuzzi has ten points in his last 13 games. With a knack for going to the net, Bertuzzi is a prime candidate to score rebounds or tip-in shots from the point.

Bertuzzi has four points in his last five games. He also has 12 hits in his last five games, so he's gaining playoff-type momentum at the right time.

Hopefully, he will be able to carry his momentum into the playoffs. Bertuzzi will be looked upon for his physical play, and offense come playoff time. Many playoff games are won on goals scored by players playing in tight near the opposition's net.

Last season, Bertuzzi got to experience the NHL playoffs for the first time. He registered five goals and five assists for ten points in seven games for the Bruins.

His playoff experience was cut short by the Panthers in round one. The Bruins lost three straight games after taking a 3-1 series lead. I'm sure Bertuzzi doesn't want to go through that again. Fans should look forward to him playing his best hockey once the playoffs start.

Bertuzzi could very well be the Leafs X-factor during the playoffs. Due to his contract, this could be a one-and-done for Bertuzzi with the Leafs, so I hope the Leafs get the best out of him.