The Toronto Maple Leafs gambled everything on developing their latest passel of rookies but as usual gambled nothing at all tactically, persevering with their patented sit-on-one-goal brand of play. Two Leafs underwent stunning reversals of form. Sid Smith, who bagged 33 goals last season when he was chosen All-Star left wing, has scored less than 5 this year without a Teeder Kennedy to set him up. Tod Sloan, who scored only 13 goals in 1954-55, came back this year as a center (and with a bonus arrangement for 20, 25, 30 and 35 goals to spur him on) and slapped home more than 35.
Well, the first 70 games are always the hardest, unless you get into the playoffs.
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]