That optimism must be tempered with the fact that the blueprint of the win was much like a Maple Leaf win of a season ago. It came with shaky, yet reliable goaltending and just enough offense on the power play to sneak away with a win.
The Leafs had a great start to last season, going 4-0-1 in their first five games out of the gate, and were in a playoff position until mid January when the wheels completely fell off.
They will have to continue to show improvement in many key areas to make this season a success.
Here are five weaknesses the Maple Leafs need to address during this season.