In 1967, the Toronto Maple Leafs won their 13th Stanley Cup. Since then, nothing.
Leaf Nation has waited 43 years, remaining loyal to their team. Are they finally in for another cup? It's finally beginning to be a possibility.
Their offense is going to be definitely above average, with Kessel, Kulemin, and Bozak all returning, and the addition of Armstrong and Versteeg, expect them to light the lamp often. They also have some solid depth players in Mitchell, Grabovski, and Hanson. Kadri is getting better and better, and expect him to not only be with the Leafs this season, but to do well with them.
The defensive group that the Leafs put together is going to be one of the best in the league. New captain Phaneuf is, simply put, a beast, and will lead this team for years. Beauchemin, Komisarek, and Luke Schenn will also be returning. Kaberle would be another huge part of this already talented squad, but his future with the Leafs remains uncertain.
Gustavsson is on the rise, and has the potential to be the Leafs goalie for quite a while. Giguere is a proven starter, so there are no major worries when it comes to keeping the puck out of the net.
Will the Leafs win the Cup this year? EXTREMELY UNLIKELY, but as these players mature, I can see them winning it within 5 years. For the first time in my life, I truly believe that Lord Stanley's Mug is close.
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