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Jun 24, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs
2nd Favourite Team
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Campabee</b></div><div>I said most balanced not most skilled. Your top 9 certainly has more elite forwards but a lot of them are horrible defensively. Our top 9 can score and plays defensively well.</div></div>
Hyman great defensively, Matthews very solid defensively (you just seem to get more press for your offense when you score fourty goals), Marner again solid defensively kills penalties, Mikheyev solid defensively kills penalties, Tavares average defensively, Nylander nope, Robertson nope, Kerfoot solid kills penalties, Simmonds solid forechecker.
Not sure that top nine is as terrible defensively as you might think. Last year the Leafs were terrible in their own zone because aside from Muzzin, Rielly, and at times Holl (though Holl hasn't prooved himself) everybody else was better on the offensive side of the puck, Barrie and Ceci were huge defensive liabilities meaning that two thirds of the time the Leafs had a defense man that could easily be exploited. That's been mostly fixed this year.
I think this is a borderline team, I'm not sure about the goaltending. Better teams include: Flyers, Penguins, Capitals, Hurricanes, Bruins, Lightning, Blue Jackets, Canadiennes, Islanders, and possibly Panthers.
I don't think this is a playoff team.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ON3M4N</b></div><div>Do they really get worse? I mean with 63/88 out to start the season it'll hurt, but right now it looks like nearly the same team is returning + Craig Smith (whose an upgrade). They lost their PP specialist in Krug, but I don't think the PP will take a huge hit. I personally don't think some of the additions other teams in the division have made have been earthshattering.</div></div>
It's not just the losses to me that hurt.
First, the defense: McAvoy, Carlo, Miller, Moore, Lauzon, etc. Is that a contender level defense?
Second, Bergeron isn't getting younger, neither is Krejci and they are both approaching the age where a drop off in play is expected.
Third, Is Rask coming back, if he isn't Boston is royally screwed.
I'm not saying they aren't good, but I am saying is that I don't think they are a lock for top two in the Atlantic.