Conference Team RankingsGF AverageGA AveragePower Play
Maple Leafs25.523.08%
Power Rankings
This was a year of suffering in some ways, but it was accepted suffering. The current regime in Toronto is going to great lengths to completely restructure the organization. That takes time. It also takes pain. If they win the draft lottery, that might be a nice reprieve.
The focus in Toronto turned to the draft months ago, but the Leafs are in a fight to the finish with the Oilers to see who will have the best odds at picking first overall.
The Maple Leafs have been busy adding to their prospect pool by signing some undrafted free agents. Keep an eye on them for the sweepstakes to lure Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey later this summer, too.
Unless you're a Maple Leafs fan wanting to see Toronto tank, these past few games have offered encouragement for the future. The Leafs have won four of five and have seen a quick transition to the NHL for rookie William Nylander.
The Maple Leafs have not been good, but they've been a little more fun to watch of late with William Nylander and Nikita Soshnikov in the lineup. That gives fans at least a little optimism for the future as both have shown flashes of brilliance.
The Leafs have lost 10 of their last 11 games as their crash course with last in the league seems all but guaranteed. The good news is that they'll have a 20 percent chance to pick first, but with the new lottery system, there's a 47.5 percent chance they pick fourth.
The fire sale ended, and what do the Maple Leafs have to show for it? Cap relief, multiple draft picks, some quality prospects and a few more stop-gap veterans they won't have to worry about long term. They didn't sell everything they had, but the Leafs are taking the long road to the rebuild, which is what they had to do.
The Maple Leafs are making trades and racking up draft picks. The stop-gap players they brought in are serving their purpose as the team flips cheap veterans for draft picks who will come in handy either at the draft or as part of trade packages. The rest of the season could get ugly, though.
The Phaneuf trade and injuries have made the Leafs lineup look like a who's who of "who the heck is that guy?" More trades could be coming, too, as the Leafs settle into draft lottery mode.
The fire sale has officially begun. Dion Phaneuf was the first domino to fall, but certainly won't be the last. Teams looking to plug some holes in their lineup will have Lou Lamoriello's number handy.
Preseason Power Rankings
Twelve goals against over three consecutive losses? Thatís probably not how Mike Babcock envisioned his debut with the Leafs. They did actually play decent enough in two of the three games, but the Leafs are most definitely a work in progress.
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