2015 Toronto Maple Leafs Season Preview
The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs only one time since 2004, have failed to be competitive in each of the last two seasons. But the storied franchise has made some drastic moves to try and prepare the Maple Leafs for future dominance and a return to the Stanley Cup finals. One of the biggest departures for Toronto is Phil Kessel, and the Maple Leafs will have to rely on a number of young stars to fill the scoring gap left by Kessel’s departure. Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf will shoulder much of the responsibility of directing Toronto’s attack and will have added help in speedster Michael Grabner. While it might be too early to anoint the 2015 Toronto Maple Leafs as a playoff contender, Toronto has a solid foundation for the future and should be surprisingly competitive in 2015.
2014 Toronto Maple Leafs Season Preview
After the first 6 months of the 2013-2014 NHL season the Toronto Maple Leafs were in great shape to make the playoffs. The Maple Leafs then proceeded to go on one of the biggest late season collapses in NHL history. Toronto lost 12 of their last 14 games and went from 9 points above the bottom playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, to 9 points below it. This sour ending to last season has sparked a load of offseason changes for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team has a new president, new assistant coaches, and a number of new players. Key departures are Dave Bolland, Carl Gunnarson, Jay McClemont, Paul Ranger, and Jerred Smithson. Replacing these names are Stephane Robidas, Leo Komarov, Matt Frattin, and a score of other new names. Key to the Maple Leafs success in 2014 will be winger Phil Kessel. He is one of the most electrifying offensive players in the NHL and if he is able to continue scoring at will, Toronto should be in good shape to avoid last season’s collapse.
2013 Toronto Maple Leafs Season Preview
The Maple Leafs have had some turnover, but they’re hoping it’s for the best as they try to get that little extra that could have helped them beat the Bruins in Game 7 last season. Jonathan Bernier, David Bolland and Paul Ranger are just a few of the guys brought in to help with the departures. Joe Colborne, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur are just a few of the guys not wearing blue anymore, with Grabowski being the one that might be the most missed this season. Bernier’s play will be key between the post for Toronto early on in the season. The Maple Leafs have a five-game homestand beginning on Nov. 16, including games against the Sabres, Islanders and Capitals. The Canadiens come into town for a game on Jan. 18, then it’s the hated Senators in the building for a Feb. 1 match up.
2012 Toronto Maple Leafs 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.
2011 Toronto Maple Leafs Season 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.
2010 Toronto Maple Leafs Season 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.