The Toronto Maple Leafs are primed to have a very good 2013-14 season. While they did not hit any home runs in the offseason, they are a better hockey club than they were last spring.
The Leafs have some key players—think Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson—that are on the verge of being not just stars, but superstars. Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel are established stars that should have great seasons with a lot to motivate both of them.
With all of these key players driving each other to be better, better team results are likely.
With the regular season just days away, here are five bold predictions for the Leafs for the 2013-14 regular season.
All regular stats are from NHL.com.
Advanced stats can be found at Behind the Net.