As much as the Toronto Maple Leafs seemed to have improved over the offseason, they still have a rather lengthy and turbulent road ahead of them. The short-term goal of once again becoming a playoff team seems to be closer than in previous seasons, but can they actually pull it off this time around?
On paper, the Leafs have what it takes to be at least in the top 8 in the East, and with the right moves the Leafs could make the playoffs a reality this season.
Unlike other powerful teams that just needed the right offseason tweak to help their playoff pushing, like addressing goaltending in Washington, the Leafs must improve in a number of categories and positions in order for them to end their eight-year playoff drought.
Let's see what's on the Leafs' playoff checklist for the upcoming season.