Well, just like a desert mirage, so was the Leafs late season win streak.
Now…I’m not saying that with gloom and doom as I still feel the Leafs are on the right track with the roster youth they have in place, however, the last three games are perfect examples of teams with something to play for turning it up a notch in order to gain a valuable 2 points in the standings. Oh how I long for the day the blue and white are knocking around the weak sisters of the league while gearing up for a postseason run.
With the Leafs a virtual lottery lock, the likes of young Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin are well within reach of the #1 or #2 pick…as posted here and throughout the hockey world, the Maple Leafs do not have the luxury of selecting one of these two bright prospects.
That leads me into my next point though – are these two ‘franchise players’ we have seen available over the last couple of years? Tavares, Hedman, Duchene, Stamkos, Doughty on down the line to A-O and Sid the Kid were tabbed as can’t miss franchise players…haven’t heard the same buzz about these two however.
Wishful thinking with blue and white goggles on, or is the NHL due for its next Patrik Stefan or Alex Daigle?
The Leafs end the season on HNIC this coming Saturday against their arch rival Montreal Canadiens. Will there be something left to play for by then? Can the Leafs play spoiler in la belle province?
Stay tuned for a game re-cap this weekend, followed by a season overview and player/prospect report card in this space over the next couple of weeks.
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Written by Mike De Petrillo
Leafs fan; former OHL LW; Live in Toronto