The dichotomy of the Toronto Maple Leafs this year is probably going to drive you utterly insane. On the one hand, there’s likely no other team in the East that you’d be more excited to watch. They are loaded with young, fast talent marshaled by a coach who knows how to play a possession game. They are poised to do many big things this year, and their first three lines could honestly pour in the goals. 300 goals is not out of the question for this outfit.
On the other, the noise generated by the Leafs and more specifically their stupidly carnivorous media and fans has always been outsized by a huge margin for a team that until last year sucked to the nth degree. What’s it going to be when they’re a genuine Cup contender now? It’s probably not going to be like anything you’ve ever seen, because the last time the Leafs were this close Izzy was still in Guns N’ Roses. You’ll be sick of it by December 1st, guaranteed.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
’16-’17 Record: 40-27-15 95 points (4th in the Flortheast) Bounced in 1st round by the Caps
Team Stats 5v5: 50.3 CF% (13th) 49.2 SF% (20th) 51.7 SCF% (7th) 8.3 SH% (8th) .929 SV% (19th)