It is always hard to be optimistic about a team that hasn't won a championship, or even made the playoffs, in quite a long time. The Toronto Maple Leafs are certainly a team that hasn't enjoyed a great deal of success in recent years, and for that reason have to deal with a lot of scrutiny and criticism from both fans of organization as well as the haters.
But there is reason to be optimistic if your are apart of Leafs Nation, and not just because it really can't get much worse than not making the playoffs since the lockout. The pieces are in place to at least make a solid run at the playoffs, with off-season additions by Brian Burke that immediately improve the power play, penalty kill, and overall skill on both sides of the puck.
With the 2010/2011 NHL season being one of the biggest roller coaster rides a sports fan can experience, it almost impossible to predict how this upcoming season will unravel. That being said, here is what you can expect from the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011/2012.