It's an unorthodox bit of chemistry, to be sure.

Standard hockey thinking suggests a smart, resourceful centre is required to make any line work and to make good scoring wingers score. Someone has to get shooters the puck in a position to shoot, and without such a player, it's frustration and under-production all around.

So how to explain the all-stars, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul?

Along with Maple Leafs captain Dion Phanuef, Kessel and Lupul have been invited to play in the NHL all-star game later this month in Ottawa which, depending on your point-of-view, is either a tremendous honoudr or an offshoot of an anachronistic event mired in pre-dot.com thinking.

But I think we'd all agree the three Leafs are pretty darn good, yes?