Now that the preseason is over and a brand new regular season is just days away, the Toronto Maple Leaf players will collectively look towards a successful year culminating in a playoff birth in the spring or, depending on how you see it, yet another early end to the season with fans slowly withering away into depression as they do annually.
But let's look on the bright side for a few minutes.
A possible postseason birth isn't the only thing that will be accomplished in 2010-2011, as a few of the Leaf players will hit career milestones and achievements throughout the 82-game schedule. Whether it be goals, points, or games played, it may not be what they're focusing on when they hit the ice, but nonetheless it will be a point in their career they can be proud of.
Players like Tyler Bozak and Carl Gunnarsson will be looking to start off their careers with positive numbers while veterans like Tomas Kaberle-the longest serving Leaf on the roster-will be looking to continue the climb up the franchise lists.
The list isn't overwhelming, as the team is one of the youngest in the NHL, but those who have been around the block a few times have a chance to hit a mark they can tell their grandkids about one day. Or brag about in their tell-all book once they retire. Darcy Tucker, we're waiting.
We'll also take a look ahead at new Leafs who will make their first trip back to their old stomping grounds. Get ready to circle your calenders, Fredrick Sjostrom makes his much-anticipated return to Calgary.
The ridiculous nine-game preseason is over for the Leafs, the time for talking is over (well, the time for talking is never over in Toronto), and the games that count are so close you can taste them. Let's kick it off with a look at the milestones coming up for Leaf players this season.