With the Maple Leafs now sporting a 6-3 win-loss record but suffering from two consecutive losses, here's a ranking of how the lads have played so far.
This Week (Last WeeK)
1. (1.) Johnathan Bernier - Not superhuman lately, still been our best player
2. (2.) Dion Phaneuf - Playing big minutes on 6-3 team, +3 against best
3. (4.) Joffrey Lupul - On fire since last year, clicking with Kadri.
4. (3.) Phil Kessel - Unselfish, slick passer needs to find his scoring touch.
5. (5.) James van Riemsdyk - Power forward could score 40 goals.
6. (6.) Dave Bolland - Has led with efforts, earned more ice, then delivered
7. (7.) David Clarkson - Leafs really really need his passion right now.
8. (11.) Nazem Kadri - With Gardiner and Reilly, offers huge upside for Leafs to get even better.
9. (9.) Cody Franson - Slick passer leading team in assist with 7.
11. (8.) Mark Fraser - Leafs +/- leader last year sorely missed.
12. (10.) Tyler Bozak - Solid 2-way game against league's top players.
13. (13.) Mason Raymond - Will likely be offered a 2-year extension by December.
14. (14.) Jake Gardiner - Finding his stride, tied for team lead with +3 rating.
15. (15.) Carl Gunnarsson - Best when not noticed, steady against top lines.
16. (16.) Morgan Reilly - Making smarter decisions, may stick with big club.
17. (17.) Jay McClement - Defensive whiz has Leafs among top penalty-killing NHL teams.
18. (18.) Paul Ranger - Not finishing yet on offence, may end up as Leafs 7th D-man.
19. (19.) Carter Ashton - Could be in battle with Broll when Clarkson and Kulemin return.
20. (20.) Colton Orr - Steady play, will need to tap out for McLaren soon, to stay fresh.
21. (22.) David Broll - Dark horse Brolldozer earning an extended shot in bigs.
22. (26.) Josh Leivo - Has been steady in early season callup.
23. (23). TJ Brennan - Marlies top D-man will get first callup if needed.
24. (24.) Trevor Smith - Marlies captain ready when required.
25. (21.) Troy Brodie - Will likely play for Marlies unless or Orr or McLaren is traded or injured.
26. (25.) Jamie Devane - Needs AHL seasoning.
27. (27.) John-Michael Liles - May be moved to NHL if Leafs will pay half his salary.
28. (28.) Spencer Abbott - Building confidence in AHL, 4 assists in first 3 games.
29. (29.) Drew McIntyre - 3-0 start with Marls, 2.30 GAA.
30. (30.) Stuart Percy - Steady D-man for Marlies still improving.
Other Toronto Marlies to watch:
Jerry D'Amigo, Tyler Biggs, Greg McKegg, Peter Granberg, Andrew MacWilliam
Connor Brown of Erie Otters leads all OHL scorers with 11 goals and 18 assist for 29 points in 12 games.