Recap – What happened to the days when all the teams from Canada had a stronghold on the NHL? The only thing that the Toronto Maple Leafs have a good grip of is last place in the Northeast and a pathetic 14 road losses, also the worst in the division. It’s been a struggle for the Leafs because to put it simply, they are not very good. The owners have not gone out and spent any money in the free agent market, and the farm system has had trouble developing prospects to a competitive NHL level. It’s sad when fans are going to Toronto Raptors games before the Maple Leafs.
2nd Half – Goaltender Vesa Toskala has been the only bright spot on this miserable team. In his time in net, Toskala has a 2.69 GAA and kept his team in close games late into the third period. Captain center Mats Sundin is putting up his normal career stats, but may want to think about wrapping up his 16 year career after the season finishes because the Maple Leafs are not going to get better anytime soon.
Team Name: Toronto Maple Leafs (19-22-8)
Northeast Division Standing: 5th place
Conference Standing: T-13th place
Final Predictions: 5th in Northeast Division, 13th in Eastern Conference