BY JEREMY BLAKELY – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
The Toronto Maple Leafs last made the playoffs during the 2003-2004 NHL season, but thanks to the addition of former Philadelphia Flyer James van Riemsdyk, this year could be a different story.
On June 23, 2012 former genral manager Brian Burke traded defenceman Luke Schenn to the Flyers for van Riemsdyk. Ever since the 23-year-old joined the team, van Riemsdyk has made an impact.
Last season he only played 43 games due to injury and posted 11 goals and 13 assists. So far this year through 12 games, van Riemsdyk is leading the Leafs with seven goals. Schenn so far has a goal and an assist in 12 games with a plus-three rating for the Flyers.
Toronto (7-5-0) currently sits sixth in the Eastern Conference and host Schenn and the Flyers on Monday night. Hopefully Toronto and their new found goal scorer continue their winning ways and make the playoffs for the first time in many years.
Who do you think has won the James van Riemsdyk-Luke Schenn trade so far?