Joined: May 2018
This is the best Leafs team we've seen of the Matthews/Marner/Nylander era (by far I think). Whether you think that's because of their "weak" division or them actually being a legit contender (I side with the latter thinking fwiw), I don't think there's any denying that. If they look bad and lose in round 1 again, with this core and team being as good as they were in the regular season, then I think we can call into question whether or not this vision is feasible, but I think they deserve a chance to prove that before we dump on them.
Everyone knew in years past that the team was flawed and the two (three?) biggest flaws have been addressed in the last 12-16 months: Defense (Brodie, emergence of Holl), physicality (Simmonds, Bogo, Hyman having insane year) and goaltending (Campbell). Are those fixes going to be enough to put them over the top in a series or are there new problems going to arise?