Sorry everyone, i’ve been MIA on this blog just due to some personal biz. That out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Not alone did the Leafs end in last place, as per my last post. They actually had Brendan Shanahan’s luck of the irish as they won the first overall pick in the NHL draft and took future stud #1 centre Auston Matthews.
Just winning this lottery not only elicited an outpour of emotion from Leafs fans coast to coast but it quite literally changed the the landscape of the Atlantic Division and potentially the entire Eastern Conference.
Moving forward this organization just seems to be flushed with top shelf NHL calibre talent. Matthews along with blue chip prospects William Nylander and Mitch Marner should all interlock together to form the top two lines on this team for the foreseeable future.
The entire division should be on notice because not only are the Maple Leafs on the rise with the cupboards stocked but so are the Buffalo Sabres. Adding Kyle Okposo to go with Jack Eichel, O’Reilly, Reinhart and Ristolinan plus the drafting of William Nylander’s younger brother makes Buffalo dangerous now and in the future. Look out Bruins and Lightning, your time has come and I think within 3 years the Leafs and Sabres will be playing hockey in late May with the Eastern Conference title on the line.
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Season is almost here and i’ll be updating throughout the season with my thoughts and non-expert analysis!