Toronto Maple Leafs Season Preview History
Toronto Maple Leafs 2011-12 Season Preview:
One of Canada's most popular teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have been a dominating franchise in the National Hockey League since they were established in 1917. Although they haven't won a Stanley Cup since the 1966-67 season, the Leafs are expected to make a valiant effort when it comes to snagging a championship this coming year.
Toronto was one of the teams left out of the playoffs in the 2010-11 season, finishing in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The Leafs have been restructuring their roster for the past few years, bringing in veterans and new talent alike in an effort to creating a winning team.
This year, Toronto is intent on not letting another opportunity to make it to the postseason slip by. The Leafs have a number of players that are expected to make a splash in the 2011-12 season, including Phil Kessel and Mike Brown. Head coach Ron Wilson also brings plenty of experience to the franchise, which has many young players that could use some guidance.
Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most storied franchises in the NHL, but fans have been looking for answers lately as the team has not made the playoffs since 2004. After a slue of trades toward the end of last year, and several offseason acquisitions, the Maple Leafs may be set to return to the postseason.
Although much of the team was rebuilt over the last year or so, Toronto retains much of its scoring from last season. Phil Kessel, who led the team in goals and total points last year, will be back to provide a significant threat on the first line. Along with Kessel will be Tyler Bozak, who may be among the top forwards in the league. Youngsters Kris Versteeg, with Colby Armstrong and Clarke MacArthur should be able to offer goals when called upon as well.
Defense will be the strength of this team. Dion Phaneuf can shut down other teams' offensive attacks, and is also adept at providing the Maple Leafs with assists as well. Mike Komisarek is one of the top defenders in the league as well, and if he can stay healthy, this duo should be among the best in the NHL. Jonas Gustavsson is expected to earn the starting job in goal, but veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere may challenge him for the spot.
Toronto Maple Leafs 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be looking to turn things around in the 2009-2010 hockey season, after finishing in last place in their division last year. Maple Leafs Head Coach Ron Wilson will have the job of rallying his inconsistent team to get back into playoff contention by Spring 2010.