"Leafs To Be NHL's Worst Team In 2008-09" - Howard Berger from The Hockey Buzz.
Howard was quoted writing an article at hockeybuzz.com on October 6, 2008 with a headline implying that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be the worst NHL team this year.
Howard was sure that these Leafs would be dead last in the league, and so brutal that they would break the 2001-2002 Atlanta Thrashers terrible point total.
We are now 29 games into the season. The Leafs are already halfway to that total, and exceeding many people's expectations.
Ron Wilson was hired this summer to teach a young team what it takes to win. Ron brings a very credible resume where he brought the now high powered Sharks into Stanley Cup contenders. Ron's teams have always been disciplined, hard-working hockey teams who find ways to win.
Ron Wilson has made a few decisions this year that some people criticized—benching some of his top players, switching goalies for a shootout, etc. Some of these moves didn't have much success, while some of them did. But you really can't criticize the character, integrity and passion he has for his hockey club.
Ron Wilson is coaching in one of the biggest and probably the most hostile hockey market in the world and he will do anything to better his team and to help them succeed.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have already surpassed the majority of "expert" predictions, and have put a very exciting team to watch on the ice. The Leafs won't be winning a Stanley Cup this year, and probably won't for a couple years, but Toronto is a way better team then they were before hiring Ron Wilson.
With the addition of a great GM like Brian Burke, this team will only get better, and continue to prove everyone wrong.