Toronto Maple Leafs' Audacious Start Turning Hockey Pundits on Their Heads

Graeme Boyce@CivilizedGraemeCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2010

yet another goal on the way to 50
yet another goal on the way to 50Al Bello/Getty Images

With each successive game under their belts, and with each anticipated tilt, pundits in cities around the NHL claim, seemingly in unison, that what Brian Burke has orchestrated is a mere dream.  And, accordingly, when we all wake up tomorrow, last year's powerhouses will be rightfully atop the division.

The changes that have been executed over the past year to revitalize the Toronto Maple Leafs, and thus ensure a playoff run is not a dream, are proving to be delightfully fruitful.  The men who were expected to assume a leadership role on the ice and in the dressing room have done so effectively and the team is now succeeding where it matters, delivering 9 of 10 points in their first 5 games.

The Basement-Dweller Award nowadays goes to four teams, all tied with 3 points apiece: New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers.  At this early stage of the season, excuses are typical: injuries, luck and timing... and, of course, an occasional bad call.

With a good call, The Leafs would be on a 5 game winning streak.