Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

VIDEO: Toronto Maple Leafs should be happy to have a Crabb

Published on November 23, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

Joey Crabb has earned some trust, again, for now.

The NHL fringe player is doing his best, so far, to help fill some voids in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ lineup.

He scored the seventh and final goal in Tuesday’s win over Tampa Bay, holding the Lightning to just one goal.

Matt Frattin dug deep late in the third period to try to bang in a late goal, but Crabb was in a great position to shuffle the puck in.

His numbers were fantastic for the Marlies so far this year with seven goals and 15 points in nine games. His two goals and three points in 10 games is fairly adequate, considering ice time and the heightened level of play.

I’d like to see what Crabb can do on the power play, but he’s thrown on the opposite spectrum of special teams, which will only make him stronger.

He did, however, have a bad break tonight on the Vincent Lecavalier power play goal, which was spoon-fed by Steven Stamkos, who was being covered by Crabb.

But that’s all right. Crabb was trapped in a Tampa Bay triangle of offence while his three teammates pushed together on the opposite end of the net of Lecavlier’s rifle. Not the best prep work for that shot.

Regardless, if Crabb can fine-tune some of these smaller points, and exceed on being that depth winger, we should see more of him at the Air Canada Centre and less at Ricoh Coliseum.

As for Luke Schenn, he’s seen his ice time bumped back up past 18 minutes. He was on that horrendous Tampa PP goal, but is +3 in his last six games overall. (The +/- statistics means something to some people. Personally, it’s subjective, but, overall Schenn has showed improvements in more ways than the +/-.)


Tags: , ,

Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.



NHL Rumors: Winnipeg Jets And Columbus Blue Jackets Could Switch Conferences In Shortened Season

If the NHL Lockout does not wipe out the entire 2012-2013 NHL season [although at this point, wouldn't ...
NHL Winter Classic: Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres

NHL Lockout: Buffalo Sabres Goaltender Ryan Miller Says Time To Decertify NHLPA

In a move that will not go over all too well with the rest of the players from ...

NHL Rumors: Could Alex Ovechkin Remain In Russia In KHL Even After NHL Lockout Ends?

After signs that the NHL Lockout may be soon coming to an end, talks broke off and signs ...

NHL Rumors: Good Sign That Sidney Crosby Has Delayed Signing To Play In Europe During NHL Lockout?

The NHL Lockout continues, although both sides have at least committed to engaging in more talks than they ...

NHL Lockout: NHL Cancels Winter Classic, Entire Season Next Step?

The NHL Lockout has already wiped out 2012-2013 regular season games through the month of November. It has ...

NHL Lockout: Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Jack Johnson Tells NHL Owners What he Really Thinks Of Them

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson wrote a very powerful piece on his website that tells the NHL ...
Sergei Kostitsyn

NHL Lockout: Predators LW Sergei Kostitsyn Blasts America And Hopes NHL Lockout Cancels Season

Sergei Kostitsyn will be lucky if we let him back into this country or the NHL after his ...

NHL Lockout: Zach Parise Calls NHL Owners’ 50-50 Proposal A Publicity Stunt

Zach Parise, who left the New Jersey Devils to sign one of the most lucrative free agent contracts ...

NHL Rumors: Sidney Crosby Changing Stance About Playing Europe As NHL Lockout Continues?

It sounded as if Sidney Crosby would not play in Europe unless the current NHL Lockout cancelled the ...

NHL Lockout: San Jose Sharks Defenseman Dan Boyle Rips NHL Owners Over NHL Lockout

With the news coming yesterday that the NHL Lockout has caused the NHL and the owners to cancel ...