The Toronto Maple Leafs have gotten off to a great start. For a brief moment they were leading the league for the first time since January of 1994.
Taking a cue from Phil Kessel, they have started quickly and scored often. Despite their last loss, 7-0 to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, they are still 9-4-1 so far this season and have scored 45 goals to date, behind only Philadelphia and Washington.
The general consensus for this season was the Leafs would go as far as James Reimer could carry them this year. Reimer managed to play in only six games this year before getting concussed. He was good before he got hurt, but not spectacular.
Jonas Gustavsson and Ben Scrivens have had good moments backing up Reimer, but overall have looked worse than ordinary.
The Leafs have had an explosive offensive start to their season despite the fact that their biggest offseason acquisition, center Tim Connolly, has only played in six games.
Kessel and Joffrey Lupul are leading the team with 21 and 16 points apiece. Dion Phaneuf is making an offensive contribution so far that is reminiscent of his best years in Calgary. If Connolly can stay healthy and add another offensive component to the mix, you have to believe that will help.
Toronto will need to get Reimer or another quality goalie playing for them in order to keep winning. The good news is they have 19 points in the bank already and are not halfway through November.