One thing that bothers me with sporting forecasts is that no one ever has any balls to out on a limb and make a prediction that flies in the face of the previous year’s statistics. Further to that, they typically just transpose the previous years standing, with the odd team sliding up a tad or down a tad.
But when does it ever play out like that?
Who would have said that Phoenix last year would jump out from 79 points in 2008/09 to 107 points in 09/10. Who had the balls to predict that leap in the standings, considering the ownership fiasco that occurred just that past summer?
Who would have said that Buffalo with 113 points in 06/07 would not make the playoffs the very next year?
Carolina wins the cup then fails to make to playoffs. Who saw that?
Well here I’m throwing my balls to the wall and saying that the Leafs will not only make the playoffs – but they’ll finish in the 4, 5 or 6th spot in the conference. Or better.And here’s why: