Brian Burke has been the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs for less than two years but his plan for the team's future is already starting to take shape. One thing is certain: according to Burke, size definitely matters when it comes to defensemen. Next season the Leafs will attempt to avoid missing the post-season for the 6th straight time.
Big and tall players go hand-in-hand with Burke's rough and tough style of hockey so it's no surprise he's actively pursued physically imposing players.
A quick look through the 9 defensemen currently on the Maple Leafs roster reveals that all 9 of them are over 6' tall with 4 being 6'2" or taller (Gaunnarson, Komisarek, Phaneuf, Schenn). All with the exception of one defenseman (Gunnarsson at 196 lbs) tip the scales at over 200 lbs with Mike Komisarek leading the way at a whopping 243 lbs.
If the Maple Leafs' defensive roster doesn't impress you much, consider the size of some of the rookies itching for a shot at the big show with the AHL Toronto Marlies hockey club.
With the latest signing of giant Korbinian Holzer, all 11 defensemen currently on the Marlies' roster for next season are over 6'2" tall with 8 of them 6'3" or taller (Keith Aulie leads the way at 6'5")! It's safe to say that the future looks 'big' for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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